August 9, 1997 in Nation/World

Today In History

 
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In 1854: Henry David Thoreau published “Walden,” in which he described his experiences while living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

In 1936: Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics as the United States took first place in the 400-meter relay.

In 1945: Three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.

In 1969: Actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his disciples were later convicted of the crime.


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