Events, August 9th

August 9th:

1842 – The U.S. and Canada signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which solved a border dispute. over the location of the Maine-New Brunswick border.

1859 – The escalator was patented by Nathan Ames.

1892 – Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph. 

1910 – A.J. Fisher received a patent for the electric washing machine.

1936- Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. He was the first American to win four medals in one Olympics. 

1944 – The Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council created “Smokey the Bear”. (Image Courtesy of wikipedia.org)

1945 – The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The bombing came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. About 74,000 people were killed. Japan surrendered August 14.

1974 – U.S. President Richard Nixon formally resigned. Gerald R. Ford took his place, and became the 38th president of the U.S.

1981 – Major league baseball teams resumed play at the conclusion of the first mid-season players’ strike.

1988 – Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) was traded. The trade was at Gretzky’s request. He was sent to the Los Angeles Kings. 

2004 – Trump Hotel and Casion Resorts announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

(Source: on-this day.com)

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