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Today in History

August 9

Events:

1173   Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins. It will take two centuries to complete.

1483   Opening of the Sistine Chapel

1892   Thomas Edison receives a patent for the two-way telegraph.

1936   Jesse Owens becomes the first American to win four medals in a single Olympics.

1988   Hockey great Wayne Gretzky is traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.

Famous Birthdays:

1776   Amedeo Avogadro (Scientist who discovered Avogadro's number)

1943   Ken Norton (Heavyweight boxing champ)

1944   Sam Elliot (Actor)

1963   Whitney Houston (Singer)

1967   Deion Sanders (NFL Footbal player)

1968   Eric Bana (Actor)

1968   Gillian Anderson (Actress)

1970   Rod Brind'Amour (Hockey Player)

1982   Tyson Gay (Sprinter)

Today in History Archive:

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