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8/8/2009 - DB Metzger

The daughters of the American Revolution organize. This is the day that Sgt. York became famous. The Graf Zeppelin begins it’s world flight and remember the Great Train Robbery in the UK. Christine Craft wins her sex discrimination suit and Nixon Resigns. And after 8 years The Soviet Union begin their pull out from Afghanistan. It’s also the birthday of Rudy Gemreich the creator of the Topless swimsuit and actress/swimmer Esther Williams. And Florence Chadwick.

1890  The daughters of the American Revolution organize themselves. They’re still here.

1918  Remember Alvin York? Well today, he became famous. Sgt. York would have died destitute if it wasn’t for an act of congress in the early 60’s.

1929 the Graf Zeppelin begins its round the world flight.

1937 Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power

1942 6 Nazi "saboteurs" were executed for spying after being convicted at a military tribunal. Substitute "terrorist" and we’re up to date. A new book is out examining Tribunals and the law.

As World War II is about to officially end, Political post war positioning begins.

1945  Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter

1945  USSR declares war against Japan in WW II

1945  USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea

1963 Remember the Great Train robbery in Britain? They hauled off 2.6 million

1963 The Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie," radio stations label it obscene

1966  South African Broadcasting bans Beatles records after John Lennon's remark (back on March 4th) that the Beatles were more popular then Jesus.

1970 Janis Joplin bought a tombstone for blues singer Bessie Smith. Two months later Joplin was dead of a drug overdose.

1973  Spiro Agnew stated that the charges of taking kickbacks were "damned Lies" and he would never resign. Several months later he did resign. Here’s more on Spiro

1974  A year later Nixon announces his resignationavoiding being impeached by Congress.

1983  Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

1988  Temperature hits high of 88 on 8/8/88 in NYC. If you like the weather channel.

1988  Soviet troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war

Notable Birthdays

1810:  Mary Gove Nichols born (health reformer)

1814  Esther McQuigg Slack Morris born (suffragist, public official)

1847 : Alice Gulick born (missionary, educator, founder of the International Institute for Girls in Spain)

1863 : Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey born (scientist, writer)

1879  Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata) If you were a Brando fan you might want to rent Viva Zapata

1882: Olga Samaroff born (pianist, educator)

1884  Sara Teasdale born ( poet)

1896  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings born (writer)

1922 -1985   Rudi Gernreich designer of the first topless swimsuit was also the designer of the "no bra" bra

1923  Speaking of swimming today is the birthday of actress, swimmer, dancer Esther Williams.

1948 : Svetlana Savitskaya born (second woman in space)

1950 : Florence Chadwick swam the English Channel from France to England in 13 hours and 20 minutes, breaking Gertrude Ederle's previous record; in 1951 she became the first woman to swim the Channel from England to France (16:22)

 Quote for Today

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstacy
Give all you have been, or could be. -- Sara Teasdale

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