Aug-9 (Pt 1): An Explosive Day from Nagasaki to Ferguson

August 9th is a day marked by explosive and defining events that include the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Singapore being expelled from Malaysia, the resignation of Richard Nixon to the police shooting of Michael Brown and ensuing riots in Ferguson.

1942

Gandhi and Indian Leaders Arrested

A day after calling on Indians to resist British rule as part of the “Quit India” campaign, Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders of the Indian National Congress were arrested and held until 1944.

1945

Bombing of Nagasaki

Three days after dropping the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the United States struck again with another bomb on Nagasaki.   Within less than a second after the detonation, the north of the city was destroyed and 35,000 people were killed.  Japan would surrender six days later.

1965

Singapore Gains Independence Reluctantly

Singapore became the first nation to win independence involuntarily, after Malaysia voted to expel it.  A shaken Lee Kuan Yew then declared Singapore as a multi-racial democracy.  He would lead the nation to prosperity in a single generation.

1969

Manson Gang Kills Sharon Tate

Followers led by Charles Manson murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men’s hairstylist Jay Sebring and Steven Parent.

1975

Nixon Resigns, Ford Sworn In

Gerald Ford was sworn in as the 38th President, after Richard Nixon resigned over the Watergate Scandal.

2010

Fmr. Senator Ted Stevens Killed in Plane Cras

Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican senator in history, was killed along with four other passengers when the single engine amphibious floatplane  plane carry them crashed en route to an Alaskan fishing lodge.  Four of the passengers survived, including NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe.  Stevens had survived a similar crash in 1978 that claimed the life of wife.

 

2014

Ferguson Erupts After Shooting of Michael Brown

Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old African-American, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson, MO police officer, leading to riots in the city and sparking debate over police violence.

 

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