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Once Upon A Time – August 8 – 1786 – U.S. Congress Unanimously Chooses Dollar As Monetary Unit

1509 Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire in Southern India

1609 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei’s telescope

1786 US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the monetary unit for the United States of America

1945 USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea

1974 US President Richard Nixon announces he will resign at 12pm the next day

1988 Ceasefire between Iran and Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war

Historical Events Today Events in 2023

Today in Film & TV

1939 7th Venice Film Festival opens with a United States boycott due to Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Italian regime

Today in Music

1992 Metallica singer and guitarist James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Today in Sport

1900 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge (precursor to Davis Cup) begins at Longwood Cricket Club in Massachusetts, won 3-0 by US over British Isles

1988 Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced

1966 South African Broadcasting bans the playing of all Beatles songs due to John Lennon’s remark that the band was “more popular than Jesus”

Famous Weddings

1502 Jacobus IV of Scotland marries Margaretha Tudor

1778 Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (34) weds Marie Anne Rosalie Delaporte

1810 Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib marries Maaroof, daughter of Nawab Ilahi Baksh, and moves to Delhi.

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