August 9th is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 144 days remaining until the end of the year.
1902 – Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark were crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1945 – World War II: USAAF bomber Bockscar dropped a “Fat Man” atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan,
1956 – An estimated 20,000 women marched on Pretoria, South Africa, to protest the introduction of the Apartheid pass laws for black women in 1952.
1988 – Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions in ice hockey history.
2001 – A suicide bomber attacked a Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem, killing 15 people and wounding 130 others.
Melanie Griffith turns 61
Michael Kors turns 59
Whitney Houston would have turned 55
Gillian Anderson turns 50
Eric Bana turns 50
Anna Kendrick turns 32
Bill Skarsgard turns 28
Adelaide Kane turns 28