On This Day

8th August

1503 – King James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1585 – John Davis entered the Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage.

1709 РBartolomeu de Gusṃo demonstrated the lifting power of hot air in an audience before the King of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal

1786 – Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border was climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard.

1793 – The insurrection of Lyon occured during the French Revolution.

1794 – Joseph Whidbey led an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska.

1876 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.

1908 – Wilbur Wright made his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It was the Wright Brothers' first public flight.

1929 – The German airship Graf Zeppelin began a round-the-world flight.

1942 – The Quit India Movement was launched in India against the British rule in response to Mohandas Gandhi's call for swaraj or complete independence.

1963 – The Great Train Robbery took place in England: A gang of 15 train robbers stole £2.6 million in bank notes.

1967 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

1969 – At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan took the photo that became the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road.

1973 – Kim Dae-jung, a South Korean politician and later president of South Korea, was kidnapped.

1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announced his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day.

1979 – Nicholas Monsarrat died.

1988 – Princess Beatrice of York was born.

1991 – The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapsed.

2008 – The 2008 Summer Olympics opened in Beijing.

2010 – A mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, killed more than 1,400 people.

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