On This Day In History, 9 August

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World Events Today

  • Three days after dropping the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima, American forces dropped the atomic bomb “Fat Boy” on the city of Nagasaki today in 1945
  • Gerald Ford took over from Richard Nixon, as President of the United States, today in 1974, the latter resigned due to the Watergate scandal

Entertainment Events Today

  • The animated cartoon character Betty Boop made her first appearance today in 1930, it was in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes
  • After winning in Moscow 4 years previously, Daley Thompson of Great Britain won the Olympic Games Decathlon event for the second time, today in 1984 in Los Angeles
  • The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the 200m at the London Olympics today in 2012, he became the first person to win the 100m and 200m Olympic golds in back-to-back Summer Olympics

Family Events Today

  • The English football manager Roy Hodgson, the oldest man to ever manage a team in the English Premier League, was born today in 1947 in Croydon
  • The American singer and actress Whitney Houston, who sold over 200 million records worldwide, was born today in 1963 in New Jersey
  • The American actress Sharon Tate and 4 others died today in 1969, they were murdered by members of the notorious “Manson Family”

Main Event Today

  • Julius Caesar won The Battle of Pharsalus today in 48 BC, it was an overwhelming defeat for Pompey who fled to Egypt after the battle, where he was subsequently assassinated

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Book Lovers Day

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