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August 9th On This Day

On August 9th in 1173 construction began on the (leaning) Tower of Pisa. This structure would take two centuries to complete.

In 1892 Thomas Edison received a patent for his invention, the two-way telegraph.

During World War II in 1945 on this day the atomic bomb, code named "Fat Man", was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. The explosion killed an estimated 70,000-90,000 people.

On this day in 1969 four members of the Charles Manson family brutally murdered Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring and Steven Parent.

In 1983 Peter Jennings hosted his first broadcast of ABC's "World News Tonight" as the sole anchor.

Today, in 2004, Disney cartoon character, Donald Duck, received a star on the Walk of Fame.

Whitney Houston was born today in 1963.

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