(the President was Franklin Roosevelt)
History for August 9 - On-This-Day.com:
Jean Piaget 1896, Sam Elliott 1944, Melanie Griffith 1957
Whitney Houston 1963, Deion Sanders 1967, Gillian Anderson 1968
1854 - "Walden" was published by Henry David Thoreau.
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."
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. PresidentRichard Nixon formally resigned. Gerald R. Ford took his place, and became the 38th president of the U.S.
2001 - U.S. President Bush announced he would support federal funding for limited medical research on embryonic stem cells.