August 09: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On August 9, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s 221st day is August 9th. On this day in 1790, the Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after sailing around the world with an American flag. Thomas Edison received a patent for his telegraph in 1892. Nixon resigned as president in 1974.

Leo is the zodiac sign for August 9th. On this day, Whitney Houston and Anna Kendrick were born. National Rice Pudding Day, National Veep Day, and National Book Lovers Day all fall on August 9th.


(August 09, 1945)
Fat Man, an atomic bomb, is dropped by the U.S. B-29 Bockscar on Nagasaki, causing widespread destruction. There was a total of 35,000 fatalities, including between 23,200 and 28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers.


Happy Birthday! (August 09, 1963)
Whitney Houston, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress. photo source:

(August 09, 1965)
Singapore is ousted from Malaysia, becoming the only country to acquire independence unwillingly until this day.

(August 09, 1974)
As a direct result of the Watergate incident, Richard Nixon resigns as the first President of the United States. Gerald Ford, his Vice President, is elected President.

(August 09, 2014)
Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American youth in Ferguson, Missouri, is shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, causing protests and turmoil in the community.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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