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This Day in History for August 9

This Day In History1803 – 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.

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