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On this day in history - August 9

What Happened On This Day – August 9

  • 1965 Singapore Leaves Malaysia

    The Southeast Asian Island country had joined a Malaysian Federation in 1963 as part of the Malaysia Agreement. In 1965, due to disagreements between leaders of the other members of the federation and Singaporean leaders and race tensions, the Malaysian parliament decided to expel Singapore from the Federation. The country reluctantly became independent on August 9 under the leadership of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

  • 1945 An Atomic Bomb is dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki

    3 days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the city of Nagasaki was destroyed by a 21 kiloton atomic bomb nicknamed Fat Boy. About 40 to 80 thousand people were estimated killed during this American-led attack towards the end of the Second World War. A few days later on August 15, Japan surrendered to the Allies, effectively bringing the War to a close by September, 1945.

  • 1942 Quit India Movement Begins in India

    The civil disobedience movement against the British colonists was spearheaded by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi had called for peaceful protests in a speech a day earlier at the Gowalia Tank Maidan, Mumbai. In the speech, he made a call of “do or die” and asked his followers to adopt nonviolence when interacting with the British. The movement began with the British imprisoning the Congress Party leadership, including Gandhi. The British ruled India from 1858, when the British Crown took over control of the country from the British East India Company. India gained its independence on August 15, 1947.

  • 1930 Betty Boop Makes Her Debut

    The animated cartoon character made her first appearance in the cartoon, Dizzy Dishes. Thought to be modeled after singer Helen Kane, Betty was shown as a woman with an exaggerated body and a child-like face. Created by animator Max Fleischer, she is one of most recognizable cartoon characters in the world.

  • 1854 Henry David Thoreau Publishes Walden

    An American transcendentalist, Thoreau wrote the book in a span of just over two years while residing near Walden Pond, a lake in Concord Massachusetts. The book, which is also known as Walden; or, Life in the Woods is about his time living near the lake and is a reflection on living a life of simplicity and austerity.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
August 9

  • 1981 Li Jiawei

    Singaporean table tennis player

  • 1963 Whitney Houston

    American singer, actress, producer, model

  • 1947 Roy Hodgson

    English football manager

  • 1922 Philip Larkin

    English poet

  • 1896 Jean Piaget

    Swiss psychologist

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
August 9

  • 2012 David Rakoff

    Canadian/American author, actor

  • 1996 Frank Whittle

    English engineer, inventor, developed the jet engine

  • 1995 Jerry Garcia

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1975 Dmitri Shostakovich

    Russian composer

  • 1962 Hermann Hesse

    German writer, Nobel Prize laureate