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Daily Calendar for Sunday, August 9, 2020

Born

  • Izaak Walton (writer)
  • William Alfred Fowler (physicist)
  • Robert Shaw (actor)
  • Sam Elliott (actor)
  • Jonathan Kellerman (mystery writer)
  • Melanie Griffith (actress)
  • Whitney Houston (singer)
  • Brett Hull (hockey player)
  • Deion Sanders (football player)
  • Gillian Anderson (actress)
  • Thomas Lennon (actor)
  • Dan Levy (writer and actor)
  • Forrest Landis (actor)

Died

  • Herman Hesse (author)
  • Jerry Garcia (musician)
  • Gregory Hines (dancer & actor)
  • Fay Wray (won fame as the damsel held atop the Empire State Building by a giant ape in the 1933 film King Kong)
  • Matthew McGrory (actor)
  • Bernie Mac (comedian & actor)
  • Frank Gifford (NFL Hall of Fame football player)

Events

  • 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
  • Henry David Thoreau published Walden
  • Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph
  • Edward VII crowned king of the United Kingdom
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, established
  • Betty Boop premiered in the animated film Dizzy Dishes
  • 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
  • Smokey Bear was chosen as a fire prevention symbol. Posters were released by the Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council.
  • The second atomic bomb, Fat Man, was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan
  • Fatal missile silo explosion occurred in Searcy, Arkansas
  • Richard M. Nixon resigned as President of the United States
  • The Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the L.A. Kings
  • Donald Duck received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • A magnitude-4.5 earthquake struck the Greater Los Angeles area
  • A magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck east of Jakarta, Indonesia
  • In Karlsruhe, Germany, police responded to an emergency call: A baby squirrel was chasing a man down the street and would not give up. When police arrived on the scene, the squirrel was still in pursuit, but then the exhausted rodent suddenly stopped and fell asleep. The police named the small squirrel Karl-Friedrich and took him into custody. Soon after, he was taken to an animal rescue center, where he was later reported to be doing well. Police said likely the baby squirrel had lost its mother and had fixated on the man as a replacement.

Weather

  • A twister passed along the north side of Wallingford, Connecticut, killing 31 people and destroying more than 30 homes, a church, and a schoolhouse
  • 113 degrees F in Perryville, Tennessee

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