August 9

1854

Henry David Thoreau's Walden, recounting his experiment in solitary life on the shores of Massachusetts' Walden Pond, was published.

1936

Jesse Owens became the first American to win four gold medals in one Olympics.

1945

The United States exploded a nuclear bomb over Nagasaki, Japan, killing an estimated 74,000 people.

1965

Singapore proclaimed its independence from Malaysia.

1974

Vice president Gerald Ford was sworn in as president following Nixon's resignation.

1995

Jerry Garcia, lead singer and guitarist of the Grateful Dead, died.

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