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Calendar for August 9th, 2014

1590s

  • Born 1593: Izaak Walton (writer)

  • 1840s

  • 1842: The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed, delimiting the eastern section of the Canadian-American border. The treaty established the boundaries between the St. Croix and Connecticut rivers, between Lake Superior and the Lake of the Woods, and between Lakes Huron and Superior

  • 1850s

  • 1854: Henry David Thoreau published Walden

  • 1890s

  • 1892: Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph

  • 1900s

  • 1902: Edward VII crowned king of the United Kingdom

  • 1910s

  • Born 1911: William Alfred Fowler (physicist)

  • 1916: Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, established

  • 1920s

  • Born 1927: Robert Shaw (actor)

  • 1930s

  • 1930: Betty Boop premiered in the animated film Dizzy Dishes

  • 1936: Jesse Owens stole the limelight by winning four gold medals in track at the Olympic Games in Berlin and became the first American to win four medals in one Olympics

  • 1940s

  • Born 1944: Sam Elliott (actor)

  • 1944: Smokey Bear posters were released by the Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council

  • 1945: The second atomic bomb, "Fat Man," was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

  • Born 1949: Jonathan Kellerman (mystery writer)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1957: Melanie Griffith (actress)

  • 1960s

  • Died 1962: Herman Hesse (author)

  • Born 1963: Whitney Houston (singer)

  • Born 1964: Brett Hull (hockey player)

  • 1965: Fatal missile silo explosion occurred in Searcy, Arkansas

  • Born 1967: Deion Sanders (football player)

  • Born 1968: Gillian Anderson (actress)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Thomas Lennon (actor)

  • 1974: Richard M. Nixon resigned as President of the United States

  • 1980s

  • 1988: The Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the L.A. Kings

  • 1990s

  • Born 1994: Forrest Landis (actor)

  • Died 1995: Jerry Garcia (musician)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2003: Gregory Hines (dancer & actor)

  • Died 2004: Fay Wray (won fame as the damsel held atop the Empire State Building by a giant ape in the 1933 film King Kong)

  • 2004: Donald Duck received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Died 2005: Matthew McGrory (actor)

  • 2007: A magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck east of Jakarta, Indonesia

  • 2007: A magnitude-4.5 earthquake struck the Greater Los Angeles area

  • Died 2008: Bernie Mac (comedian & actor)


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