8 August It Happened Today

117      Hadrian becomes Emperor of Rome.

1786  Mont Blanc is successfully climbed for the first time.

1901  Birth of American physicist Ernest Lawrence.

1919  Birth of American film producer Dino De Laurentis.

1963  The “Great Train Robbery” takes place in England, with thieves stealing an estimated £2.5 million.

1974  Richard Nixon becomes the first US president to resign from office.

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