Originally created 08/08/99

This day in history: Aug. 8



LOCAL:

1960: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $5,316,147 contract for the construction of Hartwell Dam to Minneapolis firm Johnson, Drake and Piper Inc.

1963: The Richmond County Board of Education exonerated schools Superintendent Roy Rollins of charges he had abused his authority.

1989: Augustan H.M. "Monty" Osteen, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Bankers First Corp. and chairman of the Association of Thrift Companies, traveled to Washington to watch President George Bush sign a law reforming the savings and loan industry.

NATION/WORLD:

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile.

1876 Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.

1942 Six convicted Nazi saboteurs who'd landed in the United States were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others were sentenced to life imprisonment.

1945 President Truman signed the United Nations Charter; The Soviet Union declared war against Japan during World War II.

1953 The United States and South Korea initialed a mutual security pact.

1963 In what became known as Britain's Great Train Robbery, thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in bank notes.

1968 Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican national convention in Miami Beach, Fla.

1973 Vice President Spiro Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland and vowed not to resign (which he eventually did).

1974 President Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.

1978 The United States launched Pioneer Venus II, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.

1989: The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a secret, five-day military mission.

1994: Israel and Jordan opened the first road link between the two once-warring countries.

1998: President Clinton, in his Saturday radio address, vowed the bombers of two U.S. embassies in Africa would be brought to justice, "no matter how long it takes or where it takes us."



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