Saturday, August 8, 2015

Today in History: Saturday, August 08, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announced he would resign following damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.
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On this date in:
1815Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic, to spend the remainder of his days in exile.
1844Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith.
1876Thomas A. Edison received a patent for the mimeograph.
1945President Harry S. Truman signed the United Nations Charter.
1945The Soviet Union declared war against Japan during World War II.
1963Britain's "Great Train Robbery" took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes from a train they stopped north of London.
1968Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach and chose Maryland Gov. Spiro T. Agnew to be his running mate.
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1988U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar announced a cease-fire between Iran and Iraq.
2005Iran resumed work at a uranium conversion facility after suspending activities for nine months to avoid U.N. sanctions.
2006Sen. Joseph Lieberman lost the Connecticut Democratic primary to political newcomer Ned Lamont. (Lieberman won re-election as an independent).
2008The Summer Olympic Games opened in Beijing.
2008Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards admitted having had an extramarital affair.
2009Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court's first Hispanic and third female justice.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Tennis player Roger Federer turns 34 years old today.
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Mel TillisCountry singer83
Dustin HoffmanActor78
Connie StevensActress77
Larry WilcoxActor ("CHiPS")68
Keith CarradineActor66
Donny MostActor ("Happy Days")62
Deborah NorvilleTV personality57
Kool Moe DeeRapper53
JC ChasezSinger ('N Sync)39
Tawny CypressActress ("Heroes")39
Drew LacheySinger (98 Degrees)39
Rock musician The Edge (U2) turns 54 years old today.
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