August 9th

2010
Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, 86, the longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate, was killed in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska.
Ted Stevens
2004
Terry Nichols was sentenced to 161 consecutive life sentences on state murder charges in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Terry Nichols
2002
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th home run, becoming the fourth major leaguer to reach the mark.
Barry Bonds
2001
President George W. Bush approved federal funding for existing lines of embryonic stem cells.
Stem cell laws and policy in the United States
1995
Jerry Garcia, lead singer and guitarist of the Grateful Dead, died.
Jerry Garcia
1985
A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., found retired Navy officer Arthur J. Walker guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union.
List of United States Naval Academy alumni
1974
Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States following the resignation of Richard M. Nixon.
Gerald Ford
1969
Actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found murdered in Los Angeles; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.
Manson Family
1965
Singapore Leaves Malaysia. The Southeast Asian Island country had joined a Malaysian Federation in 1963 as part of the Malaysia Agreement. In 1965, due to disagreements between leaders of the other members of the federation and Singaporean leaders and race tensions, the Malaysian parliament decided to expel Singapore from the Federation. The country reluctantly became independent on August 9 under the leadership of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Singapore in Malaysia
1945
An Atomic Bomb is dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. 3 days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the city of Nagasaki was destroyed by a 21 kiloton atomic bomb nicknamed Fat Boy. About 40 to 80 thousand people were estimated killed during this American-led attack towards the end of the Second World War. A few days later on August 15, Japan surrendered to the Allies, effectively bringing the War to a close by September, 1945.
Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1942
Quit India Movement Begins in India. The civil disobedience movement against the British colonists was spearheaded by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi had called for peaceful protests in a speech a day earlier at the Gowalia Tank Maidan, Mumbai. In the speech, he made a call of “do or die” and asked his followers to adopt nonviolence when interacting with the British. The movement began with the British imprisoning the Congress Party leadership, including Gandhi. The British ruled India from 1858, when the British Crown took over control of the country from the British East India Company. India gained its independence on August 15, 1947.
Quit India Movement
1936
Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics as the United States took first place in the 400-meter relay.
Jesse Owens
1930
Betty Boop Makes Her Debut. The animated cartoon character made her first appearance in the cartoon, Dizzy Dishes. Thought to be modeled after singer Helen Kane, Betty was shown as a woman with an exaggerated body and a child-like face. Created by animator Max Fleischer, she is one of most recognizable cartoon characters in the world.
Betty Boop
1902
Britain's Edward VII was crowned king following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
Edward VII
1898
Rudolf Diesel of Germany patents the diesel internal combustion engine.
Rudolf Diesel
1854
Henry David Thoreau's Walden, recounting his experiment in solitary life on the shores of Massachusetts' Walden Pond, was published.
1790
Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe.
Robert Gray (sea captain)
378
Battle of Adrianople: Goth army defeats Roman forces under Emperor Valens.
Battle of Adrianople