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The Almanac for Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2017

UPI News Service, 08/09/2017 

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2017 with 144 to follow.

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

Those born on this day are under the sign of Leo. They include French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, designer of the District of Columbia, in 1754; English actor/playwright Robert Shaw in 1927; basketball Hall of Fame member Bob Cousy in 1928 (age 89); Australian tennis star Rod Laver in 1938 (age 79); comedian David Steinberg in 1942 (age 75); heavyweight boxer Ken Norton in 1943; actor Sam Elliott in 1944 (age 73); actor Melanie Griffith in 1957 (age 60); actor Amanda Bearse in 1958 (age 59); fashion designer Michael Kors in 1959 (age 58); pop singer Whitney Houston in 1963; hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull in 1964 (age 53); TV host Hoda Kotb in 1964 (age 53); football Hall of Fame member Deion Sanders in 1967 (age 50); actor Gillian Anderson in 1968 (age 49); actor Eric Bana in 1968 (age 49); actor Kevin McKidd in 1973 (age 44); actor Jessica Capshaw in 1976 (age 41); actor Ashley Johnson in 1983 (age 34); actor Anna Kendrick in 1985 (age 32); actor Bill Skarsgard in 1990 (age 27).

On this date in history:

In 1483, the Sistine Chapel opens in the Vatican.

In 1854, Walden was published by Henry David Thoreau.

In 1936, American track star Jesse Owens won his fourth Olympic gold medal in Berlin.

In 1945, a U.S. B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb nicknamed "Fat Man" on the Japanese city of Nagasaki three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Three weeks later, Japan formally surrendered, ending World War II.

In 1969, actress Sharon Tate and four other people were slain in Los Angeles by followers of Charles Manson in the first of two nights of murders.

In 1974, U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation became effective at noon and Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as the nation's 38th chief executive.

In 1991, Vietnamese Prime Minister Do Muoi resigned. He was succeeded by Vo Van Kiet, who vowed to transform Vietnam into a market economy.

In 1993, King Albert II of Belgium was crowned 10 days after King Baudouin I, his older brother, died of heart failure. King Albert II abdicated in 2013 for health reasons.

In 1995, rock legend and lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, died at age 53. He had been undergoing treatment at a drug rehabilitation center at the time.

In 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush announced he would allow federal funding for limited stem cell research using human embryos.

In 2004, Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing that killed 168 people.

In 2009, Typhoon Morakot slammed into Taiwan, with more than 80 inches of rain triggering floods and massive mudslides. The death toll was at least 500 and thousands of homes were destroyed.

In 2010, former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, a six-term Republican from Alaska, was killed with four others in the crash of a small plane in a remote area of his home state.

In 2011, the Obama administration announced the first fuel efficiency standards for heavy trucks, projected to save U.S. businesses that operate and own the commercial vehicles about $50 billion in fuel costs over the life of the program.

In 2013, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 22, a Bangladeshi man who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. "I'm ashamed," he said. "I'm lost. I tried to do a terrible thing. I alone am responsible for what I've done. Please forgive me."

In 2014, a white police officer shot and killed a black youth, Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Mo., touching off weeks of protests.

A thought for the day: Elvis Presley said, "I get lonesome right in the middle of a crowd."

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