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19889th US Seniors Golf Open: Gary Player

2004John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

1990Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 HRs as a catcher

1974US President Richard Nixon announces he'll resign his office 12PM Aug 9

1975Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana

1579Cornerstone is laid for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory

1990Pete Rose begins 5-ms prison term at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp

1844Brigham Young chosen Mormon Church head following the death of Joseph Smith

1950Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

1609Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope

1945President Harry Truman signs the UN Charter

1984Carl Lewis wins 3rd (200m) of 4 gold medals in Summer

1979Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

1968Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

198264th PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Tulsa

1876Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

August 8th Historical Events
Date Event
70
Tower of Antonia destroyed by Romans 
936
German king Otto I the Great crowned 
1220
Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula. 
1322
Emperor Godaigo, makes Sojiji monastery. chief monastery of Soto Sect 
1509
The Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire in Southern India. 
1549
France declares war on England 
1567
Duke of Alva's army enters Brussels, Belgium 
1570
Peace of Saint-Germain-and-Laye, more freedom for huguenots 
1579
Cornerstone is laid for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory 
1585
Pope Sixtus excommunicates Hendri of Navarra (Henri IV) 
1585
John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage. 
1605
The city of Oulu, Finland, is founded by Charles IX of Sweden. 
1609
Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope 
1619
Duke Maximilian I & Emperor Ferdinand II signs Treaty of Munchen 
1647
The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungans Hill - English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces. 
1673
Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC 
1700
Denmark & Sweden sign peace treaty 
1709
1st known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors) 
1758
British troops occupy & plunder Cherbourg 
1786
US Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money 
1786
Jacques Balmat & Michel Paccard are 1st to climb to top of Mont Blanc 
1788
King Louis XVI calls French States & Generals together 
1793
The insurrection of Lyon occurs during the French Revolution. 
1794
Joseph Whidbey and George Vancouver lead an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska. 
1796
Boston African Society establishes with 44 members 
1809
70 disciples of Gaon of Vilnius, arrive in Palestine 
1814
Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, Belgium 
1816
Bavaria joins Holy Alliance 
1829
French government of De Polignac forms 
1831
Battle of Hasselt - Dutch army drives out Belgian Army 
1839
Beta Theta Pi is founded in Oxford, Ohio. 
1843
Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony 
1844
Brigham Young chosen Mormon Church head following the death of Joseph Smith 
1853
Russian fleet appears at Nagasaki, Japan 
1854
Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges 
1860
Queen of Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) arrives in NYC 
1863
American Civil War: Tennessee's "military" Governor Andrew Johnson frees his personal slaves. Celebrated as a holiday by Tennessee African Americans (early 20th century) 
1864
Comet C/1864 N1 (Tempel) approaches within 0.0964 AUs of Earth 
1864
Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Gaines, Alabama 
1868
Earthquake destroyes Arica, Chile 
1870
Magic (US) defeats Cambria (England) in 2nd running of America's Cup 
1870
The Republic of Ploieşti, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania. 
1876
Dan O'Leacy completes 500 mile walk in 139h32m 
1876
Thomas Edison patents mimeograph 
1882
Snow falls on Lake Michigan 
1900
1st Davis Cup tennis competition, named after Dwight Filley Davis, began at Longwood Cricket Club in Mass, & won by US 2 days later 
1902
2nd Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles in New York (3-2) 
1903
3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1) 
1903
In 11th an old black ball is put into play against Cleve, Tigers' Nap Lajoie protests ignored, he hurls ball out of park & forfeits game 
1910
The US Army installs the first tricycle landing gear on the Army's Wright Flyer. 
1911
The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire. 
1911
Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law would come into effect in 1913. 
1913
Richard Corfields "Camel Corps" opens "Mad Mullah" in Burao Somalia 
1914
3rd pole expedition Ernest Shackleton "Endurance" 
1914
French troops under Gen Bonneau occupy Mulhouse at Elzas 
1914
Montenegro declares war on Germany 
1916
A's set AL record with 19th consecutive loss on road 
1918
WWI: The Battle of Amiens begins - Canada/Australian/British breakthrough with 600 tanks, The end of trench warfare 
1918
6 US soldiers are surrounded by Germans in France, Alvin York is given command & shoots 20 Germans & captures 132 more 
1919
Treaty of Rawalpindi, British recognise Afghanistan's independence 
1920
Tigers beat Yanks 1-0 in shortest AL game, 73 minutes 
1922
Italian general strike broken by fascist terror 
1922
Pirates set record of 46 hits in a doubleheader (against Phillies) 
1924
British-Russian trade agreement signed 
1925
1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (200,000) in Washington, DC 
1929
German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight 
1929
Salem Oregon airport dedicated 
1930
St Louis Cards are 12 games back in NL, & go on to win pennant 
1931
Wash Senator Bob Burke no-hits Boston Red Sox, 5-0 
1937
Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power 
1938
Great Trek Centenary Celebrations commence; the Great Trek was a migration involving Boers leaving the Cape Colony and settling in the interior of South Africa 
1940
31 German aircraft shot down over England 
1940
The "Aufbau Ost" directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel. 
1941
20 divisions of Russian 6th/12th Army surrender at Oeman 
1942
"Monty" appointed commander of British 8th Army at Alamein 
1942
6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Washngton, DC 
1942
British corvette HMS Dianthus sinks U-379 
1942
Russian anti-offensive of Voronezh under marshal Timosjenko 
1943
Common Chiefs of staff meet in Quebec 
1943
US amphibians land at St Agata on North coast of Sicily 
1943
Vegetables & fruit rationed in Holland 
1944
Canada/Polish troops occupy Cramesnil/Secqueville/Cintheaux/St-Aignan 
1944
US 15th Army corps occupies Le Mans 
1945
England & Australian Services draw 4th Victory Test 
1945
President Harry Truman signs the UN Charter 
1945
US, USSR, Britain & France sign Treaty of London, set down procedures for Nuremberg trials 
1945
USSR declares war against Japan in WW II 
1945
USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea 
1946
India agrees to give Bhutan 32 sq miles 
1946
Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney & John Galbreath for $25 million 
1946
First flight of the Convair B-36. 
1947
Pakistan's National Flag is approved. 
1948
"Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances 
1949
Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy 
1950
Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23) 
1950
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open 
1952
Syngman Ree re-elected president of South-Korea 
1953
Russia's Georgi Malenkov reports possession of hydrogen bomb 
1953
US & South Korea initial a mutual security pact 
1955
Fidel Castro forms "July 26th Movement" 
1955
Geneva conference held to discuss peaceful uses of atomic energy 
1956
Fire & explosion kill 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium 
1956
WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins 
1957
USSR offers Syria economic/military aid 
1960
"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1 
1960
Ivory Coast declares independence 
1960
South Kasai secedes from the Congo. 
1960
Charges against 53 of the 76 Africans detained after the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa are dropped 
1961
Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario 
1961
Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ 
1963
Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million) 
1963
Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene 
1963
LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs 
1963
Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ 
1964
"110 in the Shade" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 330 perfs 
1964
Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam 
1964
Rolling Stones 1st Dutch concert 
1965
Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Milwaukee Golf Open 
1965
Singapore leaves Malaysian Federation 
1966
South Arican Broadcasting bans Beatles (Lennon's anti-Jesus remark) 
1967
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) 
1968
Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos 
1968
Race riot in Miami, Florida 
1968
Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president 
1970
NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there) 
1971
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1971
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open 
1971
A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army in Belfast 
1972
NY Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium 
1973
US vice-president Spiro T Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. Vowed not to resign. 
1974
US President Richard Nixon announces he'll resign his office 12PM Aug 9 
1975
Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana 
1976
Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts 
1977
Maurine Stuart, ordained as Zen priest by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi 
1977
Texas Rangers turn their 1st triple play (vs A's) 
1978
Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus 
1979
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents 
1980
LBV Conference Center & Club Lake Villas open 
1981
At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws 
1982
64th PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Tulsa 
1982
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic 
1983
Brig Gen Efrain Rios Montt deposed as president of Guatemela 
1983
Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned) 
1983
Military coup in Guatemala, Pres Rios Montt flees 
1984
"Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances 
1984
Carl Lewis wins 3rd (200m) of 4 gold medals in Summer 
1984
Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends 
1985
Baseball's new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993 
1985
Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet 
1986
Record 3 grandslams in a game-(Harrah-Tex, Sheets & Dwyer-Orioles) 
1986
Altaf Hussain's address at Nishtar Park Karachi, announcing the establishment of the MQM political movement. 
1987
Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game 
1987
Lynne Cox became 1st to swim from US to Russia across Bering Strait 
1987
Pakistan all out 708 v England at The Oval, Botham 3-217 
1988
-11] Army in Rangoon shoots on students, 5-10,000 killed 
1988
9th US Seniors Golf Open: Gary Player 
1988
Angola, Cuba & South Africa sign cease fire treaty 
1988
Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced 
1988
Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl 
1988
Goose Gossage registers career save #300 
1988
Jennifer Levin's parents file $25M suit against Dorrian Red Hand Bar 
1988
Jose Canseco becomes 11th to get 30 HRs & 30 steals in a season 
1988
Matt Biondi swims US record 200m freestyle (1:47.72) 
1988
Minnesota Twins pull 2nd triple-play of year & beat Cleve 6-2 
1988
Renovated Central Park Zoo reopens after 4 years 
1988
Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war 
1988
US Secretary of State Shultz narrowly escapes assassin attempt in Bolivia 
1988
South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola 
1988
Temperature hits high of 88 deg F on 8/8/88 in NYC 
1988
Cubs & Phillies attempt to play 1st night game ever at Wrigley Field but are rained out in 4th inning with Chicago leading, 3-1 
1988
Cease fire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war 
1988
The "8888 Uprising" occurs in Burma. 
1989
US space shuttle STS-28 launched 
1990
Balt Orioles pull their 10th triple play (1-6-3 vs Oakland) 
1990
Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 HRs as a catcher 
1990
Iraq annexes Kuwait as its 19th province 
1990
Pete Rose begins 5-ms prison term at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp 
1991
Billy Preston charged with exhibiting pornography to a minor 
1991
Carlos Santana pleads no contest to marijuana possession charge 
1991
Gary Oldman, actor (State of Grace), arrested for drunk driving 
1991
Shi'ite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy 
1991
With two months left, White Sox set new home attendance (2,150,951) 
1991
The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses. 
1992
Lou Whitaker hits his 200th career HR 
1993
Dana Lofland wins McCall's LPGA Golf Classic Dormann at Stratton Mt 
1993
Tropical storm Bret ravages Venezuela, about 100 killed 
1995
Jeff King of Pirates is 16th NL player to HR twice in one inning 
1997
Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox 
1997
The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan 
2000
Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor. 
2004
John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 
2007
An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889. 
2008
Georgian invasion into South Ossetia. Begin of five-day war between Georgia and Russia. 
2012
China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies 
2012
16 people are killed from flooding from heavy rain in Manilla, Philippines 
2013
28 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan 
2013
14 people are killed by a bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan 
2013
4 people are killed and 4 are wounded in a shooting spree in Dallas, Texas 
2014
The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO 
2016
Russia Not Allowed to Compete in Paralympics 
2016
Olympics|Michael Phelps Powers US to Victory and Wins His 19th Gold Medal 
2016
Bomb targeting mourners at Pakistan hospital kills at least 30 
2017
Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo 
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