On This Day In History — August 9th

8 BCJulius Caesar defeated Pompey Magnus at the Battle of Pharsalus, solidifying his control over the Roman Republic.
1483 – Opening of the Sistine Chapel.   
1942 – British Raj authorities arrested Mahatma Gandhi and various leaders of the Congress Party, beginning the suppression of the Quit India Movement.
1945 – World War II: USAAF bomber Bockscar dropped an atomic bomb named “Fat Man”, devastating Nagasaki, Japan.
1969 – Followers of cult leader Charles Manson brutally murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in her Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles home.   :(
1974 – As a direct result of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, becomes president. 



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