This Day in History for August 9
1803 – 1st horses arrive in Hawaii.
1831 – 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)
1841 – Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die.
1898 – Rudolf Diesel obtains patent #608,845 for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine.
1904 – Libanus McLouth Todd of Rochester, New York patents his check-writing machine, the Protectograph designed to protect against check forgers.
1910 – Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine.
1930 – 113 degrees F at Perryville, Tennessee (state record)
1944 – Smokey Bear debuts as spokesman for fire prevention.
1945 – US drops 2nd atomic bomb “Fat Man” on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki.
1956 – 1st state-wide state-supported educational TV network, Alabama.
1961 – James Benton Parsons is 1st African American to be nominated to a US Federal District Court.
1969 – Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders.
1971 – Satchel Paige inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
1974 – Richard Nixon resigns as US President and VP Gerald Ford sworn in to take his place as the 38th US President.
1987 – STS-41-D vehicle again moves out to launch pad.
1994 – Phil Rizzuto Hall of Fame Night.
1997 – “Just to See You Smile” single released by Tim McGraw (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)
2001 – US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
2017 – Giant inflatable chicken resembling US President Donald Trump placed outside US White House as a political protest.Share: