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This Day in History for August 9

1831 – 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)

1859 – Otis Tufts patents the first passenger elevator in the US.

1904 – Libanus McLouth Todd of Rochester, NY patents the check writing machine, the Protectograph designed to protect against check forgers.

1910 – Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine.

1925 – Only time Babe Ruth pinch-hit for, Bobby Veach flies out.

1936 – Jesse Owens is part of the American 4 x 100m relay team that wins gold in world record (39.8) at the Berlin Olympics; his 4th gold medal of the Games.

1944 – Smokey Bear debuts as spokesman for fire prevention.

1946 – 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night.

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.

1966 – The Beatles release their “Yellow Submarine” single and its album “Revolver” in the US.

1969 – Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders.

1971 – Satchel Paige inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

1974 – Richard Nixon resigns as President of the United States and Vice President Gerald Ford swears the oath of office to take his place as the 38th US President.

1987 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National Palm Beach: Larry Nelson wins 2nd PGA Championship in a playoff with fellow American Lanny Wadkins.

1988 – Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to LA Kings for $15-$20 millions.

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.

2016 – American swimmer Michael Phelps swims 1:53.36 to win the men’s 200m butterfly gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats Japan’s Masato Sakai by 0:04 for his 20th Olympic gold medal.

2017 – Giant inflatable chicken resembling US President Donald Trump placed outside US White House as a political protest.

2017 – North Korea says it plans to fire rockets on US territory Guam in continuing escalation of tension between it and the US.

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