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On This Day — August 9th

 

2009 American Music Awards - Show

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.

Events

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.

Celebrity Birthdays

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

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