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Notable Historical Events for August 8th

1979Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

1876Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

1945President Harry Truman signs the UN Charter

1844Brigham Young chosen Mormon Church head following the death of Joseph Smith

1990Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 HRs as a catcher

1975Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana

198264th PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Tulsa

1609Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope

1968Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

1955Fidel Castro forms "July 26th Movement"

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Notable Birthdays on August 8th

1981Roger Federer, Basel Switzerland, tennis player (17 grand slams)

1902Paul Dirac, Bristol, physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1933), (d. 1984)

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Notable Weddings on August 8th

1867Engineer George Westinghouse (20) weds Marguerite Erskine Walker in Brooklyn, New York

1996NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas

1942Journalist Ben Bradlee (20) weds Jean Saltonstall

1778Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (34) weds Marie Anne Rosalie Delaporte

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Notable Divorces on August 8th

1968Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage

1946Esta Krakower divorces mobster Bugsy Siegel (40) after 17 years of marriage

August 8th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on August 8th

2010Patricia Neal, American actress, dies at 84

1965Shirley Jackson, US author (Road Through the Wall), dies at 45

August 8th Deaths
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