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On August eighth, 1974, President
he would resign following new damaging
revelations in the Watergate scandal.
On this date:
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte set
sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his
days in exile.
In 1876, Thomas A.
Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.
In 1942, six
convicted Nazi saboteurs who'd landed in the US
were executed in Washington DC; two others
received life imprisonment.
In 1945, President
Truman signed the United Nations Charter.
In 1945, the
Soviet Union declared war against Japan during
World War Two.
In 1953, the
United States and South Korea initialed a mutual
In 1963, Britain's
"Great Train Robbery" took place as
thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in
In 1968, Richard
M. Nixon was nominated for president at the
Republican national convention in Miami Beach.
In 1973, Vice
President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned
lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from
government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not
to resign -- which he eventually did.
In 1978, the US
launched "Pioneer Venus Two," which
carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere
Ten years ago: As
the Persian Gulf crisis deepened, American forces
began taking up positions in Saudi Arabia; Iraq
announced it had annexed Kuwait; President Bush
warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that
"a line has been drawn in the sand."
Five years ago:
President Clinton, during a visit to Baltimore,
ordered all companies doing business with the
federal government to report the pollution they
One year ago:
Opening a new attack on the Republican tax-cut
measure, President Clinton warned the nation's
governors at their meeting in St. Louis that the
$792 billion package would trigger "huge
cuts" in Medicare, farm programs and other
spending critical to their voters.
"I think most people
are more important than their opinions."
Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine author (1899-1986).