As you start your Saturday, sometimes it’s fun to take a little stroll down memory lane to see what this date was like in past years. So, grab that coffee and let’s sip and stroll.
Today is Saturday, August 8th, the 221st day of the year. There are 146 days until the end of the year.
On this day:
In 1876, inventor Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph machine. Most people consider the machine the forerunner of the copy machine.
In 1899, A.T. Marshall patented the refrigerator.
In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed the United Nations Charter.
In 1963, 15 thieves stole seven-million dollars in Britain’s Great Train Robbery.
In 1968, Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in Miami, Florida.
In 1974, President Richard Nixon announced in a national broadcast address he would resign the presidency the following day.
In 1978, the famous Hollywood sign was taken down and replaced by a new one.
In 1988, after 8 years of war Iran and Iraq announce a ceasefire.
In 1992, at the Barcelona Summer Olympics, the U.S. Olympic basketball “Dream Team” won the gold medal, defeating Croatia 117-85 for the win.
In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn-in as the 111th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Sotomayor became the first Hispanic and only the third woman to ever serve on the nation’s highest court. President Obama nominated the 55-year-old federal appeals court judge to replace retired Justice David Souter. In addition to being the first Hispanic, Sotomayor also became the first justice to be sworn in on television.
In 2018, the Academy of Motion Pictures introduces a new Oscar category called the “Popular Film.”
And we hope this day in 2020 finds you well and gives you something to remember during future strolls down memory lane. Happy Saturday!
-The 715 Newsroom