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Calendar for August 8th, 2014

1860s

  • 1864: Performer Signor Guillermo Farini's stilts got caught as he walked the rapids above Niagara Falls

  • Born 1866: Matthew Henson (explorer)

  • 1870s

  • 1876: Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph (an early paper copying machine)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1907: Benny Carter (musician)

  • 1910s

  • 1911: U.S. patent #1,000,000 issued for an improved vehicle tire

  • 1918: "Canada's Hundred Days" began, WWI

  • 1920s

  • 1929: The German airship Graf Zeppelin began an around-the-world flight

  • 1930s

  • Born 1937: Dustin Hoffman (actor)

  • Born 1938: Connie Stevens (singer & actress)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: David Evans ("The Edge," guitarist in the band U2)

  • 1963: The Glasgow to London mail train was stopped at Sears Crossing, and robbed of over two-and-a-half million pounds. The incident became known as The Great Train Robbery

  • Died 1965: Shirley Jackson (author)

  • 1970s

  • 1974: President Richard Nixon announced his resignation

  • Born 1976: JC Chasez (singer)

  • Born 1976: Drew Lachey (singer)

  • 1978: Garfield's sidekick, Odie, made his comic strip debut

  • 1980s

  • Died 1985: Louise Brooks (actress)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1991: James Irwin (astronaut)

  • 2000s

  • 2000: Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor

  • 2004: First red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere spotted at Katama Airfield, Edgartown (Martha's Vineyard), Massachusetts, by E. Vernon Laux

  • Died 2005: Barbara Bel Geddes (actress)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2010: Patricia Neal (actress)


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