August 08 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on August 08.

August 08

Events on August 08

117 CE Hadrian became emperor of Rome after the death of Trajan.

1576 Work begins in Denmark on the first purpose-built observatory.

1588 The Spanish Armada is finally defeated by the British.

1834 Britain introduced workhouses for the poor.

1900 The first Davis Cup tennis tournament begins at Longwood, in Boston, Massachusetts.

1936 Jim Corbett National Park was established as a protected area for the endangered Bengal tiger in India.

1944 Hitler has four top men hung by piano wire for attempting to assassinate him.

1958 17-year old British singer Cliff Richard signed to Columbia records.

1963 The US, Britain and the USSR sign the nuclear Test Ban Treaty in the Kremlin.

1964 At a Rolling Stones concert in The Hague in Holland riots break out and two girls get their clothes torn off.

1973 American Vice-President Spiro Agnew goes under investigation for tax evasion.

1991 British journalist John McCarthy is freed by the Lebanese terrorist group who have been holding him hostage.

Famous Birthdays on August 08

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 1896, American author who wrote The Yearling.

Ernest Lawrence 1901, American physicist who invented the first subatomic particle accelerator and the colour television picture tube and won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1939.

Jimmy Witherspoon 1911, American blues singer.

Esther Williams 1923, American actress and former champion swimmer.

Dustin Hoffman 1937, American actor whose films include Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate and Rain Man.

Nigel Mansell 1954, British motor-racing champion.

Quotes from Legend

Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth, to see it like it is and to tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth and live with the truth. That's what we'll do.

- Richard Milhous Nixon, nomination speech, 1968.

Historical News on August 08

Mont Blanc Conquered

Mont blanc conquered on August 08
Mont blanc conquered

1786 Mont Blanc, at 15,771 ft (4807 m) the tallest peak in Europe outside the Caucasus, has been conquered at last.

25 years ago a scientist from Geneva named Horace Benedict de Saussure offered prize money for the first ascent of this glory in the alpine chain.

The prize has been claimed by a local man, Doctor Michel Gabriel Paccard of Chamonix, who completed the climb with his porter, Jacques Balmat.

Train robbers net millions

1963 In one of the most audacious hold-ups of all time, thieves have got away with an estimated £2.5 million ($4.6 million) in unused, and therefore untraceable, banknotes from a night mail train travelling between Glasgow and London.

The hijack was executed at about 3 am this morning.

The robbers, masked and wearing combat fatigues, brought the high-security train to a halt at Sears Crossing in Buckinghamshire, by tampering with the signalling system.

The engine and first two coaches were uncoupled and taken further down the track where the contents of the so-called High-Value Package coach were offloaded into waiting vehicles.

Driver Jack Mills offered resistance and was beaten over the head with a length of lead piping.

The Post Office has offered a £10,000 ($18,500) reward for information leading to an arrest.

1844 The Mormon Church is slowly gathering itself in the aftermath of the death of founder Joseph Smith, at the hands of an Illinois mob on June 17.

The man who has emerged to take Smith’s place is Brigham Young, named third of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1835.

The major task on Young’s agenda is to find the sect a safe place to settle.

Russia and Georgia lock horns

2008 Russia and Georgia declared war over the breakaway republic of South Ossetia and five days of fighting followed.

South Ossetians first declared independence from Georgia in 1990, which sparked violence as the Georgian government tried to retake the region by force.

A number of other conflicts followed, ending in this 2008 war when Russian troops and Ossetian separatists joined forces to take control.

About 1,30,000 Georgians fled their homes as Russian troops and Ossetian militia moved in.

An independent report, commissioned by the European Union, concluded that Georgia fired the first shots, but Russia created the conditions that led to the conflict.

Nixon quits

Richard Nixon quits on August 08
Richard Nixon quits

1974 Richard Nixon made history today as the first US President to resign his office.

In an emotional television address to the nation, Mr. Nixon admitted to errors of judgment which he said demanded that he stand down.

Only four days ago the beleaguered President was forced to own up to his complicity in the break-in by members of his re-election committee to the Democratic Party Committee’s HQ in the Watergate building, Washington, in June 1972.

Evidence of political espionage and a dirty tricks campaign against his opponents had been mounting.

The resignation will take effect as of noon tomorrow, when Nixon’s deputy, Gerald Ford, will be sworn in as the 38th President of the United States.

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