TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON – AUG 8
1306 King Wenceslas of Poland is murdered.
1570 Charles IX of France signs the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots.
1609 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei’s telescope
1648 Ibrahim, the sultan of Istanbul, is thrown into prison, then assassinated.
1786 US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the monetary unit for the United States of America
1844 Brigham Young is chosen to head the Mormon Church, succeeding Joseph Smith.
1863 Confederate President Jefferson Davis refuses General Robert E. Lee’s resignation.
1899 The first household refrigerating machine is patented.
1918 6 US soldiers are surrounded by Germans in France, Alvin York is given command & shoots 20 Germans & captures 132 more
1925 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (between 25,000 and 40,000 marchers) in Washington, D.C.
1940 The German Luftwaffe attacks Great Britain for the first time, beginning the Battle of Britain.
1950 U.S. troops repel the first North Korean attempt to overrun them at the Battle of Naktong Bulge, which continued for 10 days.
1963 England’s “Great Train Robbery;” 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen
1969 Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski, and four others were murdered by members of Charles Manson’s “family.”
1973 VP Spiro T Agnew branded as “damned lies” reports he took kickbacks from govt contracts in Maryland. He vowed not to resign
1974 Not a crook.. President Nixon announced he would resign the following day as a result of the Watergate scandal.
1979 Iraq’s president Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents.
1990 Iraq annexes the state of Kuwait as its 19th province, six days after Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait.
2008 Georgia invades South Ossetia, touching off a five-day war between Georgia and Russia.
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