Aug 8 – A Day of Exile and Confession

On this day Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for his exile on the island of St. Helena, Richard Nixon announced he would resign as President and former Presidential candidate John Edwards admitted he had an affair with a campaign aide.

1815

Napoleon Exiled to St. Helena

Following his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic, to spend the remainder of his days in exile.  He is buried on the island.

1974

Nixon Announces Resignation

In his 37th address to the nation, falling on the anniversary of his nomination to President in 1968, President Richard Nixon announced “I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President Ford will be sworn in as President at that hour in this office.”

2008

John Edwards Admits Affair

Former Senator and Vice Presidential nominee and 2008 Presidential candidate John Edwards admitted that he had an extended affair with Rielle Hunter, a filmmaker hired to work for his presidential campaign after months of denials.  Edwards, however, denied that he was the father of Hunter’s baby girl.  In 2010, Edwards admitted that he was the father of the child, leading his wife to announce their separation.  She died later that year from breast cancer.

 

Big Birthdays

Dustin Hoffman (b. 1937)

Two-time Academy Award Winning Actor

 

Ken Dryden (b. 1947)

Montréal Canadiens’ Legendary Goalie and Canadian Member of Parliament

 

 

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