9 August It Happened Today

1757  Birth of Scottish bridge engineer Thomas Telford.

1902 Edward VII crowned King of England.

1922  Birth of British poet Philip Larkin.

1945  A second atomic bomb is dropped on Japan, this time on Nagasaki.

1964  Birth of American singer and actress Whitney Houston.

1974  Gerald R Ford becomes President of the USA after the resignation of Richard Nixon.

1979  Councillors in Brighton on the south coast of England vote to allow nude bathing on one of the town’s beaches.

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