August 8 Events in History - August 8 Birthdays - August 8 Deaths
2015 Survivors of the Ebola virus in West Africa are now experiencing medical problems, such as joint pain and eye inflammation, which are sometimes so severe that the survivors are unable to work
2014 Race car driver Tony Stewart hits fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr. with a vehicle on a sprint car track; Ward was walking on the track and did not survive the incident
2014 In an effort to diversify into home systems automation, Samsung Electronics is buying SmartThings, a manufacturer of remote control applications for home appliances and other devices
2013 U.S. President Barack Obama announces plans to pull out of a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month; the meeting was set to occur before the September G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg
2013 The Pentagon will furlough 650,000 civilian employees without pay for six days this year after receiving warnings that mandatory budget cuts might idle defense workers for a longer period of time
2012 Archeologist excavating the Templo Mayor, one of the Aztec's main temples in their capital city of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico city), make an unprecedented find - the skeleton of a young woman inside a burial, surrounded by piles of 1,789 human bones
2012 Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's President, signs a controversial law concerning the status of 18 languages as regional and minority languages; the law allows officials in Russian-speaking regions of the country to use Russian in documents and at public events
2011 Standard &: Poor's rating agency downgrades U.S. sovereign debt; the downgrade is the first in the history of the United States
2011 Stock markets in Asia, Australia and the United States fall after the U.S. loses it's AAA credit rating
2010 Sarah, Duchess of York, becomes the first Royal in history to suffer possible bankruptcy
2010 Ongoing flooding and landslides in Gansu Province, China, kill 127 people and result in 2,000 missing
2008 2008 Summer Olympics begin in Beijing, China
1997 Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
1995 Jeff King of Pirates is 16th NL player to home run twice in one inning
1993 California state senator Tom Hayden (54) weds actress Barbara Williams (40)
1993 Dana Lofland wins McCall's LPGA Golf Classic Dormann at Stratton Mt.
1993 Tropical storm Bret ravages Venezuela, about 100 killed
1992 Actress Barbara Hershey weds artist Stephen Douglas
1992 Lou Whitaker hits his 200th career home run
1991 Carlos Santana pleads no contest to marijuana possession charge
1991 Shite Moslems release British hostage John McCarthy
1991 With two months left, White Sox set new home attendance (2,150,951)
1990 Baltimore Orioles pull their 10th triple play (1-6-3 vs Oakland)
1990 Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 home runs as a catcher
1990 Iraq annexes Kuwait as its 19th province
1990 Pete Rose begins 5-ms prison term at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp
1989 U.S. space shuttle STS-28 launched
1988 Army in Rangoon shoots on students, 5-10,000 killed
1988 9th U.S. Seniors Golf Open: Gary Player
1988 Angola, Cuba and South Africa sign cease fire treaty
1988 Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl
1988 Goose Gossage registers 300th career save
1988 Jennifer Levin's parents file $25M suit against Dorrian Red Hand Bar
1988 Jose Canseco becomes 11th to get 30 home runs and 30 steals in a season
1988 Matt Biondi swims U.S. record 200m freestyle (1:47.72)
1988 Minnesota Twins pull 2nd triple-play of year and beat Cleveland 6-2
1988 Renovated Central Park Zoo reopens after 4 years
1988 Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war
1988 Secretary of State Shultz narrowly escapes assassin attempt in Bolivia
1988 South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola
1988 Temperature hits high of 88 on 8/8/88 in New York City
1988 Cubs and Phillies attempt to play 1st night game ever at Wrigley Field but are rained out in 4th inning with Chicago leading, 3-1
1987 Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game
1987 Lynne Cox became 1st to swim from U.S. to Russia across Bering Strait
1987 Pakistan all out 708 vs. England at The Oval, Botham 3-217
1986 Record 3 grandslams in a game-(Harrah-Tex, Sheets and Dwyer-Orioles)
1985 Baseball's new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993
1985 Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet
1984 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 204 performances
1984 Carl Lewis wins 3rd (200m) of 4 gold medals in Summer
1984 Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends
1983 Brigadier General Efrain Rios Montt was deposed as president of Guatemela
1983 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)
1983 Military coup in Guatemala, President Rios Montt flees
1982 64th PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Tulsa
1982 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
1980 LBV Conference Center and Club Lake Villas open
1979 Iraqi president Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents
1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
1977 Maurine Stuart, ordained as Zen priest by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi
1977 Texas Rangers turn their 1st triple play (vs A's)
1976 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
1974 President Richard M Nixon announces he'll resign his office 12PM Aug 9
1973 Vice President Spiro T Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. He vowed not to resign
1972 New York Yankees sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
1971 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1971 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
1970 New York Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)
1968 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
1968 Race riot in Miami, Florida
1968 Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Nixon for president
1967 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
1966 South Arican Broadcasting bans Beatles (Lennon's anti-Jesus remark)
1965 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Milwaukee Golf Open
1965 Singapore leaves Malaysian Federation
1964 "110 in the Shade" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 330 performances
1964 Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam
1964 Rolling Stones 1st Dutch concert
1963 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie," radio stations label it obscene
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers F Howard and B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch home runs
1963 Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ
1961 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
1961 Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
1960 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1
1957 U.S.S.R. offers Syria economic/military aid
1956 Fire and explosion kill 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium
1956 WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins
1955 Fidel Castro forms "July 26th Movement"
1955 Geneva conference held to discuss peaceful uses of atomic energy
1953 Russia's Georgi Malenkov reports possession of hydrogen bomb
1953 U.S. and South Korea initial a mutual security pact
1952 Syngman Ree re-elected president of South-Korea
1950 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
1949 Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy
1948 "Hold It!" opens at National Theater New York City for 46 performances
1946 India agrees to give Bhutan 32 miles
1946 Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney and John Galbreath for $25 million
1945 England and Australia Services draw 4th Victory Test
1945 President Harry S. Truman signs United Nations Charter
1945 U.S., U.S.S.R., England and France sign Treaty of London
1945 U.S.S.R. declares war against Japan in WW II
1945 U.S.S.R. establishes a communist government in North Korea
1944 Canada/Polish troops occupy Cramesnil/Secqueville/Cintheaux/St-Aignan
1944 Germans raid Achterhuis, home of Anne Frank and family
1944 U.S. 15th Army corp occupies Le Mans
1943 Common Chiefs of staff meet in Quebec
1943 U.S. amphibians land at St. Agata on North coast of Sicily
1943 Vegetables and fruit rationed in Holland
1942 "Monty" appointed commandant of British 8th Army at Alamein
1942 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in U.S. executed in Washington D.C.
1942 Dianthus sinks U-379
1942 Russian anti-offensive of Voronezh under marshal Timosjenko
1941 20 divisions of Russian 6th/12th Army surrender at Oeman
1940 31 German aircraft shot down over England
1940 Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks
1937 Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power
1931 Washington Senator Bob Burke no-hits Boston Red Sox, 5-0
1930 St. Louis Cardinals are 12 games back in NL, and go on to win pennant
1929 German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight
1929 Salem, Oregon airport dedicated
1925 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (200,000) in Washington, D.C.
1924 British-Russian trade agreement signed
1922 Italian general strike broken by fascist terror
1922 Pirates set record of 46 hits in a doubleheader (against Phillies)
1920 Tigers beat Yankees 1-0 in shortest AL game, 73 minutes
1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, British recognize Afghanistan's independence
1918 Canada/Australian/British breakthrough with 600 tanks at Amiens
1916 A's set AL record with 19th consecutive loss on road
1914 3rd pole expedition Ernest Shackleton "Endurance"
1914 French troops under General Bonneau occupy Mulhouse at Elzas
1914 Montenegro declares war on Germany
1913 Richard Corfields "Camel Corps" opens "Mad Mullah" in Burao Somalia
1903 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)
1903 In 11th an old black ball is put into play against Cleveland, Tigers' Nap Lajoie protests ignored, he hurls ball out of park and forfeits game
1902 2nd Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles in New York (3-2)
1900 1st Davis Cup tennis competition, named after Dwight Filley Davis, began at Longwood Cricket Club in Massachusetts, and won by U.S. 2 days later
1890 Daughters of American Revolution organizes
1876 Dan O'Leacy completes 500 mile walk in 139h32m
1876 Thomas Edison patents mimeograph
1870 Magic (U.S.) defeats Cambria (England) in 2nd running of America's Cup
1868 Quake destroyes Arica, Chile
1864 Comet C/1864 N1 (Tempel) approaches within 0.0964 AUs of Earth
1864 Red Cross forms in Geneva
1864 Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Gaines, Alabama
1860 Queen of Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) arrives in New York City
1854 Smith and Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges
1853 Russian fleet appears at Nagasaki, Japan
1844 Brigham Young chosen Mormon Church head following Joseph Smith death
1843 Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony
1831 Battle of Hasselt - Dutch army drives out Belgian Army
1829 French government of De Polignac forms
1816 Bavarian joins Saint Alliance
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for exile on St. Helena
1814 Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, Belgium
1809 70 disciples of Gaon of Vilnus, arrive in Israel (Palestine)
1796 Boston African Society establishes with 44 members
1788 King Louis XVI calls French States and Generals together
1786 Congress adopts silver dollar and decimal system of money
1786 Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard are 1st to climb to top of Mont Blanc
1758 British troops occupy and plunder Cherbourg
1709 1st known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors)
1700 Denmark and Sweden sign peace treaty
1673 Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of New York City
1619 Duke Maximilian I and Emperor Ferdinand II signs Treaty of Munchen
1609 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope
1588 Sea battle at Grevelingen: English fleet battles Spanish armada
1585 Pope Sixtus excommunicates Hendrik van Navarra (Henri IV)
1579 Cornerstone is laid for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory
1570 Peace of Saint-Germain-and-Laye, more freedom for huguenots
1567 Duke of Alva's army enters Brussels Belgium
1549 France declares war on England
1502 Jacobus IV of Scotland marries Margaretha Tudor
1322 Emperor Godaigo, makes Sojiji monastery. chief monastery of Soto Sect
936 German king Otto I the Great, crowned
870 Kings Charles the Bare and Louis the German divide Lutherans
70 Tower of Antonia destroyed by Romans