August 8th

2008
Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards admitted having had an extramarital affair.
John Edwards extramarital affair
2006
Sen. Joseph Lieberman lost the Connecticut Democratic primary to political newcomer Ned Lamont. (Lieberman won re-election as an independent).
2005
Iran resumed work at a uranium conversion facility after suspending activities for nine months to avoid U.N. sanctions.
Nuclear proliferation
1988
8888 Uprising in Myanmar Begins. The pro-democracy uprising began as a student protest in Burma’s capital city, Yangon. Hundreds and thousands protesters came out on the streets to protest against the one-party rule by General Ne Win. The protests lasted for over a month and were violently put down by the government. They ended after the State Peace and Development Council, a group of senior military officers took over the government in a coup and installed a military junta. The uprisings get their name from the date the protests began - August 8, 1988.
8888 Uprising
1974
Nixon Announces His Resignation. The 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon’s resignation came as a response to the Watergate Scandal. The scandal erupted after it was revealed that the Nixon government was involved in the cover-up of a break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Complex. The revelations prompted the Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Nixon. His resignation made him the first president in American history to resign while in office.
Richard Nixon
1969
Photographer Iain Macmillan Takes an Iconic Photograph of the Beatles. One of the most recognizable images of the 20th century, the photograph was taken in the middle of Abbey Road in London and showed all the members of the popular rock band, The Beatles crossing the road on a zebra crossing. The photograph was used as a cover for their 11th album, Abbey Road.
Iain Macmillan
1968
Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach and chose Maryland Gov. Spiro T. Agnew to be his running mate.
1968 Republican National Convention
1967
ASEAN is Founded. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an economic and political organization which was formed after the heads of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand signed the Bangkok Declaration. The purpose of the organization is to promote regional peace and stability and encourage economic development in the region. Today, ASEAN has 10 member states.
ASEAN Declaration
1963
Britain's 'Great Train Robbery' took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes from a train they stopped north of London.
Great Train Robbery (1963)
1945
The Soviet Union declared war against Japan during World War II.
Soviet–Japanese War (1945)
1925
1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (200,000) in Washington, D.C.
List of rallies and protest marches in Washington, D.C.
1908
Wright Brothers Publicly Show Off Their Flying Machine For the First Time. The human air flight pioneers displayed their flying machine and its capabilities at a racecourse at Le Mans, France, 5 years after they made their first successful flight in 1903. The flight piloted by Wilbur lasted only 1 minute and 45 seconds captured the imagination of their audiences, and silenced their critics and doubters.
Wright brothers
1900
The first Davis Cup tennis tournament began at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Sports in Boston
1876
Thomas A. Edison received a patent for the mimeograph.
Mimeograph
1844
Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith.
Brigham Young
1815
Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic, to spend the remainder of his days in exile.
Saint Helena
1786
Dr. Michael-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat became the first to climb Mont Blanc.
Jacques Balmat
1609
Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope.
History of the telescope
1588
English forces attacked the Spanish Armada, permanently crippling Spain's 'invincible' fleet.
Singeing the King of Spain's Beard
1509
The Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire in Southern India.
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