This Day in History - August 9

August 9

  378 – Visigoth Calvary defeats Roman Army in the Battle of Adrianople

1378 – Cardinals declare Pope Urbanus VI lawless

1559 – Willem of Orange becomes viceroy of Holland/Zealand/Utrecht

1596 – Henry van Cuyk becomes Bishop of Roermond

1655 – Lord Protector Cromwell divides England into districts

1726 – Netherlands sign Covenant of Hannover

1776 – Guy Johnson predicts Indian allegiances

1778 – Captain Cook reaches Cape Prince of Wales in Bering Straits

1790 – Columbia returns to Boston; the first ship to carry US flag around the world

1803 – First horses arrive in Hawaii

1830 – Louis-Philippe formally accepts crown of France

1831 – First steam engine train run from Albany to Schenectady, NY

1841 – Erie boat in Buffalo, NY catches fire and 242 die

1842 – Webster-Ashburton Treaty defines U.S. – Canada border

1848 – Martin Van Buren is nominated for president by Barnburners and Free Soil Party

1849 – Russia and Austria defeat the Hungarian Republic

1854 – “Walden” is published by Henry David Thoreau

1859 – Battle of Acapulco takes place during Mexican Liberal uprising

1859 – Elevator is patented

1862 – Rebels win victory at the Battle of Cedar Mountain in Civil War

1877 – Nez Perce fight Battle of Big Hole in the Old West

1896 – Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget, is born

1902 – Edward VII of England is crowned

1905 – Ty Cobb’s mother kills her husband (thinking he was a burglar)

1910 – The electric washing machine is patented by Alva Fisher

1918 – Christy Mathewson, Red’s manager, suspends Hal Chase for allegedly fixing games for bribes

1922 – Poet, Philip Larkin, is born

1923 – NY State Golf Association is formed

1930 – Perryville, Tenn reaches a state temperature record of 113 degrees

1930 – Betty Boop debuts

1930 – Percy Williams runs world record 100m

1936 – Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal at Berlin Olympics

1941 – Winston Churchill arrives in Newfoundland for his first talk with FDR

1942 – 200 Jews escape Mir Ghetto in Poland

1942 – Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony performed in Leningrad

1942 – Mahatma Gandhi and 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing a “quit India” campaign by the All-India Congress

1944 – 12 workers from Dutch illegal paper “Trouw” are executed

1944 – Smokey Bear makes his debut for fire prevention

1945 – U.S. drops 2nd atomic bomb “Fat Man” on Japan

1946 – 1st time all major-league baseball games are played at night

1947 – English football manager, Roy Hodgson, is born

1949 – Writer, Jonathan Kellerman, is born

1960 – Race riot in Jacksonville, Fl

1961 – James Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court

1962 – Nobel Prize-winning writer, Hermann Hesse, dies

1963 – Singer, actress, model and producer Whitney Houston is born

1964 – First Rolling Stones concert takes place in Netherlands

1965 – Fire in Titan II silo kills 53 in Searcy, Arkansas

1965 – Singapore gains independence from Malaysia

1967 – U.S. Marines launch Operation Cochise in Vietnam War

1969 – Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders

1970 – Peruvian Airlines jet carrying 45 U.S. exchange students explodes

1971 – LeRoy ‘Satchel’ Paige inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame

1972 – Rockwell receives contract with NASA to construct Space Shuttle

1973 – USSR launches Mars 7

1974 – Richard Nixon resigns the presidency and VP Gerald Ford becomes president

1975 – First NFL game in Louisiana Superdome

1975 – Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, dies

1976 – USSR launches Luna 24, the last Lunar flight to date from Earth

1976 – Hurricane Belle hits Eastern Seaboard

1978 – USSR performs underground nuclear test

1979 – First English nude beach at seaside resort Brighton

1980 – Belgian constitution revised

1981 – 6 English lifeguards set relay swim record in the English Channel

1981 – Singaporean table tennis player, Li Jiawei, is born

1985 – Arthur Walker found guilty of spying for the Soviet Union

1987 – “Les Miserables” opens at Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv

1992 – “Streetcar Named Desire” closes at Ethel Barrymore NYC after 137 performances

1993 – King Albert II of Belgium is crowned

1995 – Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead dies

1996 – English engineer, inventor of jet engine, Frank Whittle, dies

2010 – JetBlue flight attendant quits job via escape slide

2012 – American author and actor, David Rakoff, dies

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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