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9th of August 0378 EVENT Gothic War: Battle of Adrianople : A large Roman army led by Emperor Valens is defeated by the Visigoths in present-day Turkey. Valens is killed along with over half of his army.
9th of August 0681 EVENT Bulgaria is founded as a Khanate on the south bank of the Danube after defeating the Byzantine armies of Emperor Constantine IV south of the Danube delta.
9th of August 1173 EVENT Construction of the campanile of the cathedral of Pisa (now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) begins; it will take two centuries to complete.
9th of August 1329 EVENT Quilon, the first Indian Christian Diocese, is erected by Pope John XXII; the French-born Jordanus is appointed the first Bishop.
9th of August 1483 EVENT Opening of the Sistine Chapel in Rome with the celebration of a Mass.
9th of August 1810 EVENT Napoleon annexes Westphalia as part of the First French Empire.
9th of August 1814 EVENT Indian Wars: the Creek sign the Treaty of Fort Jackson, giving up huge parts of Alabama and Georgia.
9th of August 1842 EVENT The Webster-Ashburton Treaty is signed, establishing the United States-Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains.
9th of August 1854 EVENT Henry David Thoreau published Walden.
9th of August 1862 EVENT American Civil War: Battle of Cedar Mountain : At Cedar Mountain, Virginia, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson narrowly defeats Union forces under General John Pope.
9th of August 1877 EVENT Indian Wars: Battle of Big Hole : A small band of Nez Perce Indians clash with the United States Army.
9th of August 1892 EVENT Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.
9th of August 1902 EVENT Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
9th of August 1907 EVENT The first Boy Scout encampment concludes at Brownsea Island in southern England.
9th of August 1925 EVENT A train robbery takes place in Kakori, near Lucknow, India
9th of August 1930 EVENT Betty Boop made her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes.
9th of August 1936 EVENT Summer Olympic Games: Games of the XI Olympiad : Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the games becoming the first American to win four medals in one Olympiad.
9th of August 1942 EVENT World War II: Battle of Savo Island : Allied naval forces protecting their amphibious forces during the initial stages of the Battle of Guadalcanal are surprised and defeated by an Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser force.
9th of August 1942 EVENT Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement.
9th of August 1944 EVENT Continuation war: The Vyborg : Petrozavodsk Offensive, the largest offensive launched by Soviet Union against Finland during the Second World War, ends to a strategic stalemate. Both Finnish and Soviet troops at the Finnish front dug to defensive positions, and the front remains stable until the end of the war.
9th of August 1944 EVENT The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.
9th of August 1945 EVENT World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. 39,000 people are killed outright.
9th of August 1965 EVENT A fire at a Titan missile base near Searcy, Arkansas kills 53 construction workers.
9th of August 1965 EVENT Singapore is expelled from Malaysia and becomes the first and only country to date to gain independence unwillingly.
9th of August 1969 EVENT Members of a cult led by Charles Manson brutally murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men's hairstylist Jay Sebring and recent high-school graduate Steven Parent.
9th of August 1971 EVENT The Troubles: The British security forces in Northern Ireland launch Operation Demetrius. Hundreds of people are arrested and interned, thousands are displaced, and twenty are killed in the violence that follows.
9th of August 1974 EVENT As a direct result of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, becomes president.
9th of August 1977 EVENT The military-controlled Government of Uruguay announces that it will return the nation to civilian rule through general elections in 1981 for a President and Congress.
9th of August 1988 EVENT Wayne Gretzky is traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions in ice hockey history, upsetting many Canadians so much that some considered him a "traitor" to his home country.
9th of August 1993 EVENT The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan loses a 38-year hold on national leadership.
9th of August 1999 EVENT Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
9th of August 1999 EVENT The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.
9th of August 2001 EVENT US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
9th of August 1201 BIRTHDAY Arnold Fitz Thedmar, English chronicler (d. 1274)
9th of August 1537 BIRTHDAY Francesco Barozzi, Italian mathematician, astronomer and humanist (d. 1604)
9th of August 1544 BIRTHDAY Bogislaw XIII, Duke of Pomerania (d. 1606)
9th of August 1593 BIRTHDAY Izaak Walton, English angler (d. 1683)
9th of August 1603 BIRTHDAY Johannes Cocceius, German-born Dutch theologian (d. 1669)
9th of August 1631 BIRTHDAY John Dryden, English Poet Laureate (d. 1700)
9th of August 1648 BIRTHDAY Johann Michael Bach, German composer (d. 1694)
9th of August 1653 BIRTHDAY John Oldham, English poet (d. 1683)
9th of August 1669 BIRTHDAY Tsarina Eudoxia Lopukhina of Russia (d. 1731)
9th of August 1674 BIRTHDAY Frantisek Maxmilian Kanka, Czech architect (d. 1766)
9th of August 1696 BIRTHDAY Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein (d. 1772)
9th of August 1722 BIRTHDAY Augustus William, Prince of Prussia (d. 1758)
9th of August 1726 BIRTHDAY Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit scientist (d. 1778)
9th of August 1754 BIRTHDAY Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French architect (d. 1825)
9th of August 1757 BIRTHDAY Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (d. 1834)
9th of August 1776 BIRTHDAY Amedeo Avogadro, Italian chemist (d. 1856)
9th of August 1783 BIRTHDAY Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia (d. 1801)
9th of August 1788 BIRTHDAY Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary (d. 1850)
9th of August 1797 BIRTHDAY Charles Robert Malden, British naval officer (d. 1855)
9th of August 1805 BIRTHDAY Joseph Locke, English railway and civil engineer (d. 1860)
9th of August 1809 BIRTHDAY William Barret Travis, American Battle of the Alamo figure (d. 1836)
9th of August 1845 BIRTHDAY Andre Bessette, Canadian religious figure (d. 1937)
9th of August 1847 BIRTHDAY Queen Maria Victoria al Pozzo della Cisterna of Spain (d. 1876)
9th of August 1867 BIRTHDAY Evelina Haverfield British suffragette (d. 1920)
9th of August 1871 BIRTHDAY Leonid Andreyev, Russian writer (d. 1919)
9th of August 1872 BIRTHDAY Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (d. 1962)
9th of August 1874 BIRTHDAY Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan composer and conductor (d. 1947)
9th of August 1875 BIRTHDAY Albert Ketelbey, English conductor, composer, and pianist (d. 1959)
9th of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Erich Huckel, German physicist (d. 1980)
9th of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist (d. 1980)
9th of August 1899 BIRTHDAY P. L. Travers, Australian author (d. 1996)
9th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Charles Farrell, American actor (d. 1990)
9th of August 1902 BIRTHDAY Zino Francescatti, French violinist (d. 1991)
9th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY V. K. Gokak, Indian Kannada writer (d. 1992)
9th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (d. 1944)
9th of August 1911 BIRTHDAY William Alfred Fowler, American physicist, Nobel Laureate (d. 1996)
9th of August 1911 BIRTHDAY Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (d. 2001)
9th of August 1914 BIRTHDAY Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (d. 1963)
9th of August 1914 BIRTHDAY Joe Mercer, English footballer (d. 1990)
9th of August 1914 BIRTHDAY Tove Jansson, Finnish author (d. 2001)
9th of August 1919 BIRTHDAY Joop den Uyl, Dutch politician (d. 1987)
9th of August 1919 BIRTHDAY Ralph Houk, American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)
9th of August 1920 BIRTHDAY Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer (d. 2007)
9th of August 1920 BIRTHDAY Francis Lynch, American state legislator (d. 1993)
9th of August 1921 BIRTHDAY J. James Exon, American politician (d. 2005)
9th of August 1921 BIRTHDAY Ernest Angley, American televangelist
9th of August 1922 BIRTHDAY Philip Larkin, English poet (d. 1985)
9th of August 1925 BIRTHDAY David A. Huffman, American computer scientist (d. 1999)
9th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Daniel Keyes, American author
9th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Marvin Minsky, American computer scientist
9th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Robert Shaw, English actor (d. 1978)
9th of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (d. 2010)
9th of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Bob Cousy, American basketball player
9th of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Jacques Parizeau, Quebec economist and politician
9th of August 1931 BIRTHDAY Chuck Essegian, American baseball player
9th of August 1931 BIRTHDAY Mario Zagallo, Brazilian football coach and player
9th of August 1932 BIRTHDAY John Gomery, Canadian jurist
9th of August 1933 BIRTHDAY Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children's author
9th of August 1935 BIRTHDAY Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (d. 2008)
9th of August 1936 BIRTHDAY Julian Javier, American baseball player
9th of August 1936 BIRTHDAY Patrick Tse Yin, Hong Kong film director
9th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Leonid Kuchma, Ukrainian politician
9th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Rod Laver, Australian tennis player
9th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Otto Rehhagel, German football manager
9th of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Bulle Ogier, French actress
9th of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Brito, Brazilian footballer
9th of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Romano Prodi, Italian politician and statesman
9th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Way Bandy, American make-up artist (d. 1986)
9th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)
9th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY David Steinberg, Canadian comedian
9th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Ken Norton, American boxer
9th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Sam Elliott, American actor
9th of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Posy Simmonds, English cartoonist
9th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Jim Kiick, American football player
9th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Roy Hodgson, English football manager
9th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Barbara Mason, American soul singer
9th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Bill Campbell, American baseball player
9th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Kellerman, American writer
9th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Thai politician
9th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Ray Jennings, South African cricketer and coach
9th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY John E. Sweeney, American politician
9th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Peter Schmuck, American sportswriter
9th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Melanie Griffith, American actress
9th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Amanda Bearse, American actress
9th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY James Lileks, American columnist
9th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Stuart Hughes, Canadian actor
9th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Kurtis Blow, American rapper
9th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Brad Gilbert, American tennis player
9th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Amy Stiller, American actress
9th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY John Key, 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand
9th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Louis Lipps, American football player
9th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Kevin Mack, American football player
9th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY John "Hot Rod" Williams, American basketball player
9th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Whitney Houston, American singer and actress
9th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Brett Hull, Canadian-born American ice hockey player
9th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Hoda Kotb, American television news anchor
9th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Vinny Del Negro, American basketball player and head coach
9th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Deion Sanders, American football player
9th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Gillian Anderson, American actress
9th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Sam Fogarino, American drummer (Interpol)
9th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Eric Bana, Australian actor
9th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Joseph McGinty Nichol, American film producer and director
9th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Divine Brown, American sex worker and convicted felon
9th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Smaragda Karydi, Greek singer
9th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Troy Percival, American baseball player
9th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Chris Cuomo, American TV journalist
9th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Rod Brind'Amour, Canadian ice hockey player
9th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Thomas Lennon, American actor
9th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Arion Salazar, American bassist (Third Eye Blind)
9th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Davide Rebellin, Italian cyclist
9th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY James Kim, American technology reporter (d. 2006)
9th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Mack 10, American rapper
9th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Juanes, Colombian singer
9th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY A-Mei, Taiwanese singer
9th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Filippo Inzaghi, Italian footballer
9th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Kevin McKidd, Scottish actor
9th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Kirill Reznik, American politician
9th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Matt Morris, American baseball player
9th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Mahesh Babu, Indian film actor
9th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Derek Fisher, American basketball player
9th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Stephen Fung, Hong Kong actor and director
9th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Nicola Stapleton, English actress
9th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Mike Lamb, American baseball player
9th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Robbie Middleby, Australian footballer
9th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Jessica Capshaw, American actress
9th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Aled Jones, British Radio Producer
9th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Rhona Mitra, English actress
9th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Mark Priestley, Australian actor (d. 2008)
9th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Jason Frasor, American baseball player
9th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Adewale Ogunleye, American football player
9th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Mikael Silvestre, French footballer
9th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player
9th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Audrey Tautou, French actress
9th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Ryu Seung-beom, South Korean actor
9th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Dominic Tabuna, Nauruan politician
9th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Jarvis Hayes, American basketball player
9th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Li Jiawei, Singaporean table tennis player
9th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Tyson Gay, American sprinter
9th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Kanstantsin Siutsou, Belorussian cyclist
9th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Ashley Johnson, American actress
9th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Shane O'Brien, Canadian ice hockey player
9th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Alicja Smietana, Polish violinist
9th of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Paul Gallagher, Scottish footballer
9th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Anna Kendrick, American actress
9th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Luca Filippi, Italian racing driver
9th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Hayley Peirsol, American swimmer
9th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY JaMarcus Russell, American football player
9th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Daniel Preussner, German rugby player
9th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Tyler "Telle" Smith, American musician (The Word Alive)
9th of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Marco Carmona, Mexican artist
9th of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Jason Heyward, American baseball player
9th of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Stefano Okaka, Italian footballer
9th of August 1990 BIRTHDAY Adelaide Kane, Australian actress
9th of August 1991 BIRTHDAY Candela Vetrano, Argentine actress
9th of August 1991 BIRTHDAY Hansika Motwani, Indian actress
9th of August 0117 DEATH Trajan, Roman Emperor (Born 53)
9th of August 0378 DEATH Valens, Roman Emperor (killed in battle) (Born 328)
9th of August 0803 DEATH Irene of Athens, Byzantine Empress (Born 752)
9th of August 1048 DEATH Pope Damasus II (birth year unknown)
9th of August 1107 DEATH Emperor Horikawa of Japan (Born 1079)
9th of August 1173 DEATH Najm ad-Din Ayyub, Kurdish soldier and politician, father of Saladin (birth year unknown)
9th of August 1250 DEATH King Eric IV of Denmark (Born 1216)
9th of August 1534 DEATH Cardinal Cajetan, Italian theologian (Born 1470)
9th of August 1601 DEATH Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia (Born 1558)
9th of August 1634 DEATH William Noy, English jurist (Born 1577)
9th of August 1720 DEATH Simon Ockley, English orientalist (Born 1678)
9th of August 1744 DEATH James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English patron of the arts (Born 1673)
9th of August 1816 DEATH Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer (Born 1771)
9th of August 1837 DEATH Xavier Sigalon, French painter (Born 1787)
9th of August 1886 DEATH Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (Born 1810)
9th of August 1910 DEATH Huo Yuan Jia, Chinese martial artist (Born 1868)
9th of August 1919 DEATH Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (Born 1857)
9th of August 1942 DEATH Edith Stein, German philosopher and nun (executed) (Born 1891)
9th of August 1945 DEATH Harry Hillman, American runner (Born 1881)
9th of August 1945 DEATH Robert Hampton Gray, last Canadian Victoria Cross recipient (Born 1917)
9th of August 1946 DEATH Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (Born 1876)
9th of August 1949 DEATH Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (Born 1874)
9th of August 1957 DEATH Carl Clauberg, German Nazi doctor (Born 1898)
9th of August 1962 DEATH Hermann Hesse, German-born Swiss writer, Nobel Laureate (Born 1877)
9th of August 1967 DEATH Joe Orton, English writer (Born 1933)
9th of August 1969 DEATH Abigail Folger, American heiress (murdered) (Born 1943)
9th of August 1969 DEATH Cecil Frank Powell, British physicist, Nobel Laureate (Born 1903)
9th of August 1969 DEATH Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (Born 1933)
9th of August 1969 DEATH Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (Born 1936)
9th of August 1969 DEATH Sharon Tate, American actress (murdered) (Born 1943)
9th of August 1969 DEATH Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (Born 1951)
9th of August 1974 DEATH Bill Chase, American trumpet player and bandleader (Born 1934)
9th of August 1975 DEATH Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer (Born 1906)
9th of August 1979 DEATH Raymond Washington, American gang leader, founder the Crips (Born 1953)
9th of August 1979 DEATH Walter O'Malley, American baseball executive (Born 1903)
9th of August 1980 DEATH Jacqueline Cochran, American aviatrix (Born 1906)
9th of August 1985 DEATH Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (Born 1927)
9th of August 1988 DEATH Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer (Born 1905)
9th of August 1988 DEATH Ramon Valdes, Mexican actor (Born 1923)
9th of August 1990 DEATH Joe Mercer, English footballer (Born 1914)
9th of August 1992 DEATH Fereydoun Farrokhzad, Iranian singer (Born 1938)
9th of August 1995 DEATH Jerry Garcia, American guitarist (Grateful Dead) (Born 1942)
9th of August 1996 DEATH Sir Frank Whittle, British engineer and inventor of the jet engine (Born 1907)
9th of August 1999 DEATH Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician (Born 1910)
9th of August 2000 DEATH John Harsanyi, Hungarian-born American economist, Nobel Laureate (Born 1920)
9th of August 2000 DEATH Nicholas Markowitz, American teenager kidnapped and murdered by Jesse James Hollywood (Born 1984)
9th of August 2002 DEATH Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (Born 1953)
9th of August 2002 DEATH Peter Neville, British anarchist, sociologist and peace activist (birth year unknown)
9th of August 2003 DEATH Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (Born 1945)
9th of August 2003 DEATH Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (Born 1946)
9th of August 2003 DEATH Jacques Deray, French film director (Born 1929)
9th of August 2003 DEATH Chester Ludgin, American baritone (Born 1925)
9th of August 2004 DEATH Robert Lecourt, French politician, President of the European Court of Justice (Born 1908)
9th of August 2004 DEATH Tony Mottola, American guitarist (Born 1918)
9th of August 2004 DEATH David Raksin, American film composer (Born 1912)
9th of August 2005 DEATH Matthew McGrory, American actor (Born 1973)
9th of August 2005 DEATH Judith Rossner, American novelist (Born 1935)
9th of August 2006 DEATH James van Allen, American physicist (Born 1914)
9th of August 2006 DEATH Philip E. High, science fiction author (Born 1914)
9th of August 2007 DEATH Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist (Born 1922)
9th of August 2008 DEATH Bernie Mac, American comedian (Born 1957)
9th of August 2008 DEATH Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet and writer (Born 1941)
9th of August 2010 DEATH Ted Stevens, American politician (Born 1923)

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