August 9

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1173 – Construction of the campanile of the Cathedral of Pisa (now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) began. It would take two centuries to complete.

1790 – The first ship to carry the American Flag around the world, The Columbia, returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage.

1831 – The first steam locomotive began its first trip between Schenectady and Albany, NY.

1859 – The escalator was patented by Nathan Ames.

1892 – Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.

1910 – A.J. Fisher received a patent for the electric washing machine.

1930 – Betty Boop made her cartoon debut in “Dizzy Dishes”, created by Max Fleischer.

1944 – The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council released posters featuring “Smokey the Bear” for the first time.

1945 – The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The bombing came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. About 74,000 people were killed. Japan surrendered August 14.

1945 – The first network television broadcast occurred in Washington, DC. The program announced the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan.

1969 – In the early morning hours of August 9th, pregnant actress Sharon Tate was stabbed to death and four others were killed (knives and gunshots) in a home in the Hollywood Hills, CA. Charles Manson and his cult are later convicted of the crime.

1974 – President Richard Nixon formally resigned. His Vice President, Gerald R. Ford, took his place, and became the 38th president of the United States.

1975 – The New Orleans Superdome was officially opened when the Saints played the Houston Oilers in exhibition football. The new Superdome cost $163 million to build.

1981 – Major league baseball teams resumed play at the conclusion of the first mid-season players’ strike.

2000 – Bridgestone/Firestone announced the recall of 6.5 million tires implicated in hundreds of accidents and at least 46 deaths.

2001 – President George W. Bush announced he would support federal funding for limited medical research on embryonic stem cells.

2004 – Donald Duck received the 2,257th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Trump Hotel and Casion Resorts announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2014 – Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old African American male in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer. It sparked protests and unrest in the city.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

David Steinberg 1942 – Canadian comedian (Appeared on TV’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” more than 130 times)

Sam Elliott 1944 – Actor (“Up in the Air”, “The Lifeguard”, “The Contender”, TV’s “Buffalo Girls”)

Rinus Gerritsen 1946 – Musician (Golden Earring)

Melanie Griffith 1957 – Actress (“Working Girl”, “Body Double”, “Something Wild”, “Born Yesterday”, “Lolita”)

Amanda Bearse 1958 – Actress (TV’s “Married With Children”)

Hoda Kotb 1964 – TV Personality (TV’s “Today” co-host)

Deion Sanders 1967 – Football/Baseball Player

Eric Bana 1968 – Actor (“The Time Traveler’s Wife”, “Funny People”, “Star Trek”, “Troy”, “Hulk”, “Black Hawk Down”)

Gillian Anderson 1968 – Actress (TV’s “X-Files”)

Kevin McKidd 1973 – Actor (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Rome”, movie “Trainspotting”)

Anna Kendrick 1985 – Actress (“Up in the Air”, “Twilight”, “Pitch Perfect”, “Into the Woods”)

 

TODAY IS:

Book Lovers Day

Melon Day

Rice Pudding Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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