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The Almanac for Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2017


UPI News Service, 08/08/2017 

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2017 with 145 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning star is Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mercury

Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include the United States' first professional architect, Charles Bulfinch, in 1763; American black explorer Matthew Henson in 1866; Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata in 1879; Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg in 1908; movie producer Dino De Laurentiis in 1919; aquatic actor Esther Williams in 1921; singer Mel Tillis in 1932 (age 85); singer Joe Tex in 1933; actor Dustin Hoffman in 1937 (age 80); singer Connie Stevens in 1938 (age 79); actor Keith Carradine in 1949 (age 68); writer/journalist Randy Shilts in 1951; former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (age 66) in 1951; TV personality Deborah Norville in 1958 (age 59); musician The Edge (born David Evans) in 1961 (age 56); JC Chasez in 1976 (age 41); tennis star Roger Federer in 1981 (age 36); actor Meagan Good in 1981 (age 36); actor Katie Leung in 1987 (age 30); Beatrice, princess of York, in 1988 (age 29); singer Shawn Mendes in 1998 (age 19).On this date in history:

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In 1911, newsreels became a standard part of U.S. movie screenings when the French film company Pathe began releasing weekly black-and-white features to theaters.

In 1940, the German Luftwaffe began a series of daylight air raids on Britain.

In 1945, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, two days after an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and several days before Tokyo surrendered.

In 1956, a fire in a Belgian coal mine trapped and killed 262 workers in the worst mining disaster in the country's history.

In 1968, Richard Nixon won the Republican nomination for president. He was elected in November, defeating Democrat Hubert Humphrey and independent George Wallace.

In 1974, facing expected impeachment over the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to resign. He left office the next day. Listen to UPI Radio's original report.

In 1988, the first night game at Chicago's Wrigley Field was played. The park was the last major league stadium to add lights for night baseball.

In 1990, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait.

In 2003, U.S. leaders of the Episcopal Church approved a landmark local-option resolution on the issue of same-sex marriages, leaving it to local dioceses whether to bless unions of gay and lesbian couples. Church leaders earlier in the week approved their first openly gay bishop.

In 2007, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on a charge of making sexual advances to an undercover police officer at a Minneapolis airport restroom.

In 2008, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., who ran for president in 2004 and dropped out of the 2008 race in January, admitted he had an affair in 2006 with a campaign worker.

In 2009, a sightseeing helicopter with six people aboard collided with a small plane carrying three people over the Hudson River in New York. There were no survivors.

In 2010, U.N. officials estimated 1,600 people had been killed in monsoon-triggered flooding in Pakistan, and authorities said China's deadliest mudslides had claimed more than 1,100 lives. Hundreds of people were missing in the two disasters.

A thought for the day: Actress Julia Roberts said, "You can be true to the character all you want but you've got to go home with yourself."



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