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Today in History — August 8

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2007. There are 145 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announced he would resign following damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal.

On this date:In 1876, Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.

In 1907, 100 years ago, jazz musician, composer and bandleader Benny Carter was born in New York.

In 1942, six convicted Nazi saboteurs who had landed in the U.S. were executed in Washington; two others’ lives were spared.

In 1945, President Harry Truman signed the United Nations Charter.

In 1945, the Soviet Union declared war against Japan during World War II.

In 1963, Britain’s “Great Train Robbery” took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes.

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

In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as “damned lies” reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign — which he ended up doing.

In 1978, the U.S. launched Pioneer Venus II, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.

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

Ten years ago: The Teamsters and United Parcel Service completed a second day of federally mediated talks, with neither side reporting progress toward ending a strike.

Five years ago: Saddam Hussein organized a big military parade and then warned “the forces of evil” not to attack Iraq as he sought once more to shift the debate away from world demands that he live up to agreements that ended the Gulf War. Bankrupt telecommunications firm WorldCom said it had uncovered another $3.3 billion in bogus accounting, adding to the $3.85 billion fraud it had revealed in June.

One year ago: Sen. Joe Lieberman lost the Connecticut Democratic primary to political newcomer Ned Lamont. (However, Lieberman ended up winning re-election to the Senate by running as an independent). The Federal Reserve left a benchmark interest rate unchanged after 17 consecutive rate hikes over more than two years. Roger Goodell was chosen as the NFL’s next commissioner.

Today’s Birthdays: Producer Dino DeLaurentiis is 88. Actress Esther Williams is 86. Actor Richard Anderson is 81. Joan Mondale (wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale) is 77. Actress Nita Talbot is 77. Singer Mel Tillis is 75. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 70. Actress Connie Stevens is 69. Country singer Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 68. Actor Larry Wilcox is 60. Actor Keith Carradine is 58. Rhythm-and-blues singer Airrion Love (The Stylistics) is 58. Country singer Jamie O’Hara is 57. Movie director Martin Brest is 56. Actor Donny Most is 54. Rock musician Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs) is 50. TV personality Deborah Norville is 49. Actor-singer Harry Crosby is 49. Rock musician The Edge (U2) is 46. Rock musician Rikki Rockett (Poison) is 46. Rapper Kool Moe Dee is 45. Rock musician Ralph Rieckermann is 45. Rock singer Scott Stapp is 34. Country singer Mark Wills is 34. Actor Kohl Sudduth is 33. Rock musician Tom Linton (Jimmy Eat World) is 32. Singer JC Chasez (’N Sync) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Drew Lachey (98 Degrees) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marsha Ambrosius (Floetry) is 30. Actress Countess Vaughn is 29. Actress Meagan Good is 26. Britain’s Princess Beatrice of York is 19.

Thought for Today: “Man adjusts to what he should not; he is unable to adjust to what he should.” — Jean Toomer, African-American author-poet (1894-1967).