Today in history, August 9. - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Today in history, August 9.

Each of the events below occurred on the same day of the month, August 9.

1944: Actor Sam Elliott is born in Sacramento, California.

1945: The U.S. drops a nuclear weapon on Nagasaki, Japan, killing 35,000 people instantly. Another 45,000 will die in the ensuing months.

1960: Singer-songwriter Johnny Horton records "North to Alaska" at Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

1969: Actress Sharon Tate and four others are brutalized and murdered at her home in Los Angeles. Members of the Charles Manson cult are later convicted of the killings.

1974: Richard Nixon leaves the White House following his resignation as president. He's the first, and so far, only president to do so.

1986: Queen performs at the Knebworth Park Festival in England. It is their final concert with singer Freddie Mercury.

2002: Actor Nicholas Cage marries Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, in a lavish ceremony in Hawaii. The marriage lasts a mere 107 days.

2015: Sports announcer and Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford dies in Greenwich, Connecticut at age 84.

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