Today in History: Sunday August 8

(AP) – Today is Sunday August 8, the 220th day of 2021. There are 145 days left in the year.

The highlight of today’s history:

August 8, 1974President Richard Nixon, facing further damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal, announced he would step down the next day.

To this date :

In 1814, during the War of 1812, peace talks between the United States and Great Britain began in Ghent, Belgium.

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte embarked for Saint Helena to spend the rest of his days in exile.

In 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, Japan finished occupying Beijing.

In 1942, during World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the United States were executed in Washington, DC; two others who cooperated with the authorities were spared.

In [1945[1945, President Harry S. Truman signed the American instrument of ratification of the United Nations Charter. The Soviet Union declared war on Japan during World War II.

In 1963, Britain’s “Great Train Robbery” took place as thieves stole £ 2.6 million in banknotes.

In 1973Vice President Spiro T. Agnew called reports that he had taken bribes on government contracts in Maryland and pledged not to resign as “damn lies”. ended up doing.

In 1994, Israel and Jordan have opened the first road link between the two formerly warring countries.

In 2000, the wreck of the Confederate submarine HL Hunley, which sank in 1864 after attacking the Union ship Housatonic, was recovered off the coast of South Carolina and returned to port.

In 2003, the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has offered $ 55 million to settle more than 500 lawsuits stemming from alleged sexual abuse by priests. (The archdiocese later settled $ 85 million.)

In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the first Hispanic woman and third judge of the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 2017, singer Glen Campbell has died in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 81; he announced in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ten years ago: Eager to calm a nervous nation, President Barack Obama rejected an unprecedented downgrade by Standard & Poor’s of America’s credit rating from AAA to AA-plus, saying, “No matter what an agency may say, we always have been and always will be a triple A country.

Five years ago: A fire and power failure at a Delta Air Lines data center in Atlanta resulted in the cancellation of 2,300 flights over a four-day period. At the Rio Olympics, Ryan Murphy gave the Americans their sixth straight gold in the men’s 100-meter backstroke, winning with a time of 51.97 seconds; Lilly King of the United States won gold in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 4.93 seconds.

One year ago: A fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Oregon, to declare a riot and force protesters out of the office as violent protests continued in the city. The Mid-American Conference became the first of competing conferences at the highest level in college football to cancel its fall schedule due to the coronavirus. (The conference later became the last to change course, scheduling a regular six-game football season.)

Today’s birthdays:

Actor Nita Talbot is 91 years old. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 84 years old. Actor Connie Stevens is 83 years old. Country singer Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 82 years old. Actor Larry Wilcox is 74 years old. Actor Keith Carradine is 72 years old. Director Martin Brest is 70 years old. Radio – TV personality Robin Quivers is 69 years old. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is 68 years old. Percussionist Anton Fig is 68 years old. Actor Donny Most is 68 years old. Rock musician Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs) is 64 years old. TV personality Deborah Norville is 63. Rock musician The Edge (U2) is 60 years old. Rock musician Rikki Rockett (Poison) is 60 years old. Rapper Kool Moe Dee is 59 years old. Middle distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton is 53 years old. Rock singer Scott Stapp is 48 years old. Country singer Mark Wills is 48 years old. Actor Kohl Sudduth is 47. Rock musician Tom Linton (Jimmy Eat World) is 46 years old. Singer JC Chasez (‘N Sync) is 45 years old. Actor Tawny Cypress is 45 years old. R&B singer Drew Lachey (lah-SHAY ‘) (98 degrees) is 45 years old. R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius is 44 years old. Actor Lindsay Sloane is 44 years old. Actor Countess Vaughn is 43 years old. Actor Michael Urie is 41 years old. Tennis player Roger Federer is 40 years old. Actor Meagan Good is 40 years old. Rock musician Eric Howk (Portugal. The Man) is 40 years old. Actor Jackie Cruz (TV: “Orange is the New Black”) is 37 years old. British Princess Beatrice of York is 33 years old. Actor Ken Baumann is 32 years old. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is 32 years old. Pop singer Shawn Mendes is 23 years old. Actor Bebe Wood (TV: “The Real O’Neals”) is 20 years old.

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