Tuesday, August 08, 2017
History for August 8 - On-This-Day.com
Matthew Henson 1866 - Explorer, along with Robert Peary and their Eskimo guide, were the first people to reach the North Pole, Russell Markert 1899, Dino DeLaurentiis 1919
Dustin Hoffman 1937, Connie Stevens 1938, Donny Most 1953
1844 - After the killing of Joseph Smith on June 27, Bringham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons.
1876 - Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph. The mimeograph was a "method of preparing autographic stencils for printing."
1899 - The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall.
1911 - The number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives was established at 435. There was one member of Congress for every 211,877 residents.
1940 - The German Luftwaffe began a series of daylight air raids on Great Britain.
1966 - Michael DeBakey became the first surgeon to install an artificial heart pump in a patient.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon announced that he would resign the following day.
1988 - It was announced that a cease-fire between Iraq and Iran had begun.