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This Day in History for August 8

1854 – Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges.

1898 – Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes.

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

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

1944 – US 15th Army Corps occupies Le Mans.

1945 – US President Harry Truman signs the United Nations Charter.

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

1960 – “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” hits #1.

1963 – Kingsmen release “Louie, Louie”, radio stations label it obscene.

1963 – Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ.

1970 – NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37.

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

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

1982 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Southern Hills CC: Ray Floyd win his second PGA Championship by 3 shots from fellow American Lanny Watkins.

1985 – Baseball’s new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993.

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

1992 – The original US ‘Dream Team’ wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scotty Pippen, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing.

2004 – John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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

2017 – The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix.

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