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

Events in History

Events 101 - 163 of 163

  • 1963 Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)
  • 1963 Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ
  • 1967 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • 1968 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
  • 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
  • 1972 NY Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium

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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

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1979 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
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 Brigadier General Efrain Rios Montt deposed as president of Guatemela
  • 1983 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)
  • 1983 Military coup in Guatemala, President Rios Montt flees
  • 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 Lynne Cox became 1st to swim from US to Russia across Bering Strait
  • 1987 Pakistan all out 708 v England at The Oval, Botham 3-217
  • 1988 -11] Army in Rangoon shoots on students, 5-10,000 killed
  • 1988 Angola, Cuba & 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 Goose Gossage registers career save #300
  • 1988 Jennifer Levin's parents file $25M suit against Dorrian Red Hand Bar
  • 1988 Jose Canseco becomes 11th to get 30 HRs & 30 steals in a season
  • 1988 Matt Biondi swims US record 200m freestyle (1:47.72)
  • 1988 Renovated Central Park Zoo reopens after 4 years
  • 1988 Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war
  • 1988 US Secretary of State Shultz narrowly escapes assassin attempt in Bolivia
  • 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
  • 1988 The "8888 Uprising" occurs in Burma.
  • 1989 US space shuttle STS-28 launched
  • 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.

  • 2008 Georgian invasion into South Ossetia. Beginning of five-day war between Georgia and Russia.
  • 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

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

Journalist Ben Bradlee
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
  • 2017 South African President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence vote in parliament 198-177
  • 2017 Kenyan general election: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party of Kenya re-elected, opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses verdict
  • 2017 The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix

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