August 8 was the day in history when…
1976: The U.S.S.R. launched Luna 24, the last flight from the Earth to the Moon to date. The mission of Luna 24 was to bring back a core sample from the moon. It was only the third of the Lunas to successfully do so. The probe used an arm and drill to collect 170.1 grams of sample.
1974: Nixon resigned as the 37th President of the United States. After two years of debate about the allegations that he participated in the cover up of the Watergate break in, Richard Nixon resigned at noon. Gerald Ford took his oath and became the 38th President. Nixon was the first President in U.S. history to resign from office. Ford became the first man to become Vice President and then President without being elected to either office.
Betty Boop made her debut.
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1969: The Manson family committed the Tate and LaBianca murders. Shortly after midnight and into the early hours of August 9, 1969, four members of the Manson family carried out orders to go to the Polanski household and “totally destroy everyone in [it], as gruesome as you can.” Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was eight and a half months pregnant at the time. Polanski was in London filming a movie. Tate was murdered along with three friends. The victims were shot and stabbed, leaving a horrifying scene behind. Some of the victims were able to attempt escape, but all were chased down and killed. The following evening Manson himself accompanied a group of followers to the home of Leo LaBianca, a supermarket executive, and his wife Rosemary, a dress shop owner. The couple was viciously killed by multiple stabbings and gunshots. At both murder scenes, words were written in the victims’ blood.
1930: Betty Boop made her debut. Ms. Boop first appeared in Dizzy Dishes, the sixth installment of the Talkatoon series created by Fleischer Studios and released by Paramount. Ms. Boop was a combination of two well known actresses of the era, Helen Kane and Clara Bow, and was an anthropomorphic French Poodle. By 1932, Ms. Boop had become fully human. Her original floppy ears were eventually turned into her famous hoop earrings, and her black poodle nose became a girl’s button nose.
Happy Birthday to Melanie Griffith. Photo by Alan Light
1978: Audrey Tautou- actress, The DaVinci Code
1968: Gillian Anderson- actress, X-Files
1963: Whitney Houston- actress/singer
1957: Melanie Griffith- actress
1899: Pamela Lyndon Travers- writer, Mary Poppins
Notable People Lost:
2008: Bernie Mac- actor died of pneumonia at the age of 50
2003: Gregory Hines-actor died at the age of 57
1995: Jerry Garcia- singer, Grateful Dead died at the age of 53
1988: Alan Napier- actor, Alfred the butler, Batman died at the age of 85
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
Book Lovers Day
International Art Appreciation Day
National Hand Holding Day
Dance a Polka Day
Celebrate Your Lakes Day
National Rice Pudding Day
Middle Children’s Day
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