What Happened on August 9

Significant 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 & 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" campaign by the All-India Congress
  • 1945 US drops 2nd atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki
  • 1965 Singapore separates from the Federation of Malaysia and gains its independence
  • 1974 Richard Nixon resigns as US President and VP Gerald Ford swears the oath of office to take his place as the 38th US President
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August 9 in Film & TV

  • 1930 Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes

August 9 in Music

  • 1997 "Just to See You Smile" single released by Tim McGraw (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)

August 9 in Sport

  • 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

Did You Know?

Opening of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican

On August 9, 1483

Would You Believe?

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
  • 1968 Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (79) weds his long-time secretary Agnes Jean Bethell
  • 1973 Actor Anthony Perkins (41) weds photographer Berinthia Berenson (25) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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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