On This Day

What Happened on August 9

Important Events

  • 48 BC Caesar's civil war: Battle of Pharsalus - Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt.
  • 378 Battle of Adrianople: Goth army defeats Roman forces under Emperor Valens
  • 1790 Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe
  • 1898 Rudolf Diesel of Germany obtains patent #608,845 for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine
  • 1942 Mahatma Gandhi and 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" motion and campaign by the All-India Congress
  • 1945 US drops second atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Nagasaki, Japan, destroying part of the city
  • 1965 Singapore separates from the Federation of Malaysia and gains its independence
  • 1974 Richard Nixon resigns as President of the United States and Vice President Gerald Ford swears the oath of office to take his place as the 38th US President
  • 2020 Disputed Belarusian presidential election sees long time dictator Alexander Lukashenko officially win 80% of the votes but unofficially lose 60-70% of the votes to main opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Sparks widespread protests in Belarus and international condemnation.
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Aug 9 in Film & TV

  • 1930 Animated character Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's cartoon "Dizzy Dishes"
  • 1997 "Just to See You Smile" single released by Tim McGraw (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)

Aug 9 in Sport

  • 1900 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Boston, MA: Dwight Davis & Holcombe Ward beat Ernest Black & Herbert Roper Barrett 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead over British Isles
  • 2012 Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt wins the 200m at the London Olympics in 19.32 to become first to win 100/200m double in back-to-back Olympics

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Opening of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican

On August 9, 1483


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Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years

On August 9, 2016

Famous Weddings

  • 1832 King Leopold I of Belgium marries Louisa Maria
  • 1949 Film and stage actor Jimmy Stewart (41) weds former model Gloria Hatrick McLean (31) at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles
  • 1958 Actor Robert Redford (21) weds Lola Van Wagenen in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Divorces

  • 1922 Actress Gloria Swanson (23) divorces businessman Herbert K. Somborn after almost 3 years of marriage
  • 1955 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (22) divorces socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann after more than a year of marriage
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