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Notable Historical Events for August 8th

1955Fidel Castro forms "July 26th Movement"

1979Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

2004John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

19889th US Seniors Golf Open: Gary Player

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

1990Pete Rose begins 5-ms prison term at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp

1950Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

1984Carl Lewis wins 3rd (200m) of 4 gold medals in Summer

1974US President Richard Nixon announces he'll resign his office 12PM Aug 9

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

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Notable Birthdays on August 8th

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 8th

1925China's Premier Zhou Enlai (27) weds Deng Yingchao (21) in Guangzhou

1942Journalist Ben Bradlee (20) weds Jean Saltonstall

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

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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

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