On This Day

On This Day in History for August 8 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1968 Race riot in Miami, Florida

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1968 Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1971 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1971 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army in Belfast

AgreementContract of Interest

1973 US Vice President Spiro Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. Vowed not to resign.

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • 1974 US President Richard Nixon announces he will resign at 12pm the next day
  • 1975 As a result of rainfall from Typhoon Nina, the Banqiao Dam in China fails, causing the collapse of almost 6 million buildings and 229,000 deaths
  • 1977 Maurine Stuart, ordained as Zen priest by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi
  • 1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus

BattleExecution

1979 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1980 LBV Conference Center & Club Lake Villas open
  • 1981 At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws
  • 1983 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

BattleCoup d'état

1983 Military coup in Guatemala, Dictator and former General Efraín Rios Montt flees

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt
  • 1984 Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends
  • 1985 Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet

  • 1986 Altaf Hussain's address at Nishtar Park Karachi, announcing the establishment of the MQM political movement.
  • 1987 Pakistan all out 708 v England at The Oval, Botham 3-217
  • 1988 -11] Army in Rangoon, Myanmar fires on pro-democracy students, killing thousands during the "8888 Uprising"
  • 1988 Angola, Cuba and South Africa sign cease fire treaty
  • 1988 Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced
  • 1988 Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl
  • 1988 Jennifer Levin's parents file $25M suit against Dorrian Red Hand Bar
  • 1988 Renovated Central Park Zoo reopens after 4 years (New York City)
  • 1988 Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war

MurderAssassination Attempt

1988 US Secretary of State George P. Shultz narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in Bolivia

US Secretary of State George P. Shultz
US Secretary of State
George P. Shultz
  • 1988 South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola
  • 1988 Temperature hits high of 88 deg F on 8/8/88 in NYC
  • 1988 Ceasefire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • 1989 US space shuttle STS-28 launched

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange resigns after 5 years on a no confidence issue

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister
David Lange
  • 1990 Iraq annexes Kuwait as its 19th province
  • 1991 Billy Preston charged with exhibiting pornography to a minor
  • 1991 Shi'ite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy
  • 1991 The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
  • 1992 Lou Whitaker hits his 200th career HR

  • 1993 Tropical storm Bret ravages Venezuela, about 100 killed
  • 1995 Jeff King of Pirates is 16th NL player to HR twice in one inning
  • 1997 The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan
  • 2000 Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
  • 2007 An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as world's richest person with estimated net worth of US$59 billion, according to "Fortune"

Businessman Carlos Slim
Businessman
Carlos Slim
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist
Bill Gates
  • 2012 China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies
  • 2012 16 people are killed from flooding from heavy rain in Manilla, Philippines
  • 2013 28 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan
  • 2013 14 people are killed by a bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan
  • 2013 4 people are killed and 4 are wounded in a shooting spree in Dallas, Texas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Ben Bradlee is named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama 

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Journalist
Ben Bradlee
  • 2014 The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO
  • 2014 Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 South African President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence vote in parliament 198-177

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma
President of South Africa
Jacob Zuma

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2017 Kenyan general election: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party of Kenya re-elected, opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses verdict

Prime Minister of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta
Prime Minister of Kenya
Uhuru Kenyatta
  • 2018 US State Department imposes new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Malaysia charges former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of money laundering

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Najib Razak
  • 2018 Australia's most populous state New South Wales declared 100% in drought
  • 2019 Nuclear accident at Russian nuclear-weapon testing site at closed city Sarov kills five scientists in mysterious circumstances

Birthdays in History

  • 1982 David Florence, British canoeist
  • 1984 Devon McTavish, American footballer
  • 1988 Beatrice, Princes of York, British daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, born in London

Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History