August 9: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- In 1638, Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes the first European settler in the Bronx.
- In 1831, the first steam engine train runs in the United States from Albany, NY to Schenectady, NY.
- In 1936, Jesse Owens wins his fourth of four gold metals in the 400-meter relay at the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.
- In 1944, Smokey the Bear debuts as the spokesman/bear for fire prevention for the National Forest Service.
- In 1974, Richard M. Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president with his resignation and Vice President Gerald R. Ford is sworn in as the 38th President of the United States.
- Famous Birthdays: John Dryden (English poet), William Fowler (physicist), Ken Norton (boxer), Bob Cousy (basketball player/coach), Jonathan Kellerman (writer),
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