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This Day in History for August 8

1786 – US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the money unit for the United States.

1844 – Brigham Young chosen as head of Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) following the death of Joseph Smith.

1854 – Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges.

1898 – Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes.

1910 – The US Army installs the first tricycle landing gear on the Army’s Wright Flyer.

1911 – The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for tubeless vehicle tire.

1911 – Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law would come into effect in 1913.

1930 – St. Louis Cards are 12 games back in National League, & go on to win pennant.

1937 – Booneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power.

1942 – 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Washington, D.C.

1945 – President Harry Truman signs the United Nations Charter.

1953 – US & South Korea initial a mutual security pact.

1972 – NY Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium.

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

1974 – US President Richard Nixon announces he will resign at 12 pm the next day.

1983 – Jury in Kansas, Missouri, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

1988 – US Secretary of State Shultz narrowly escapes assassin attempt in Bolivia.

2000 – Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.

2007 – Carlos Sims overtakes Bill Gates as world’s richest person with estimated net worth of US$59 billion, according “Fortune”

2018 – US State Department imposes new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in Britain.

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