Thursday, August 09, 2012
TODAY IN HISTORY
1974:Gerald Ford becomes the first president of the United States who was not elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency when he assumes the office upon the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Facing impeachment for his role in the Watergate scandal, Nixon becomes the only president to resign.
1945: Only three days after devastating Hiroshima with the world's first nuclear attack, the United States drops a second atomic bomb, nicknamed Fat Man, over the industrial city of Nagasaki, Japan. More than 40,000 people are instantly killed, hastening the Japanese surrender in World War II.
1969: On the orders of cult leader Charles Manson, several members of his "family" break into filmmaker Roman Polanski's Los Angeles home and brutally murder five people, including Polanski's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. In connection with these and several other grisly murders, Manson and his "disciples" eventually would receive life sentences.
1965: Singapore gains independence unwillingly as it is expelled from Malaysia
1944:Smokey Bear is first publicized on posters through the United States Forest Service
1930:Betty Boop, popular animated cartoon character, debuts in Max Fleischer's Dizzy Dishes
1638:The Bronx, New York is settled by its first European, Jonas Bronck of Holland.