Sunday, August 9, 2015

Today in History: Sunday, August 09, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 9, 1945, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, Japan, instantly killing an estimated 39,000 people. The explosion came three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
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On this date in:
1854Henry David Thoreau published "Walden," which described his experiences living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
1902Britain's Edward VII was crowned king following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
1936Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics as the United States took first place in the 400-meter relay.
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1969Actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found murdered in Los Angeles; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.
1974Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States following the resignation of Richard M. Nixon.
Audio LinkFord: "our long national nightmare is over"
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1985A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., found retired Navy officer Arthur J. Walker guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union.
1995Rock musician Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead died at age 53.
2001President George W. Bush approved federal funding for existing lines of embryonic stem cells.
2002Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th home run, becoming the fourth major leaguer to reach the mark.
2004Terry Nichols was sentenced to 161 consecutive life sentences on state murder charges in the Oklahoma City bombing.
2010Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, 86, the longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate, was killed in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders turns 48 years old today.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Bob CousyBasketball Hall of Famer87
Rod LaverTennis Hall of Famer77
David SteinbergComedian73
Sam ElliottActor71
Melanie GriffithActress58
Amanda BearseActress ("Married...With Children")57
Kurtis BlowRapper56
Brett HullHockey player51
Hoda KotbTV host ("Today")51
Gillian AndersonActress ("The X Files")47
Eric BanaActor47
JuanesRock singer43
Liz VasseyActress ("CSI")43
Jessica CapshawActress39
Jason HeywardBaseball player26
Actress Anna Kendrick ("Up in the Air," "Twilight" movies) turns 30 years old today.
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