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August 9: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 9

August 9th celebrates National Rice Pudding Day and Book Lovers Day.

We made it to day 221 of the year and there’s only 144 days left to go until we reach the new year.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the star sign of Leo.

Your day wouldn’t be complete without discovering all the biggest facts and historical events of this day in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1859, inventor Otis Tufts patented the first elevator in the US? In his patent, his chosen name for the invention was the “vertical railway elevator.”

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 9th in history!

What Happened On August 9 In History?

2017

An inflatable chicken that resembled US President Donald Trump was placed outside the US White House as part of a political protest.

OTD in 2017: An inflatable chicken that resembled US President Donald Trump was placed outside the US White House as part of a political protest.
Source NY Times
2000

The virtual pet video game, Seaman, was released on the Dreamcast in North America.

Seaman was one of the few Sega Dreamcast games to take advantage of the microphone attachment.
1974

Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as the 38th President of the United States after Richard Nixon handed in his resignation.

Source BBC
1945

American forces made a second attack on Japan during World War II and dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

Source BBC
1910

Engineer, Alva J. Fisher patented the electric washing machine.

1859

Inventor Otis Tufts patented the first elevator in the US.

OTD in 1859: Inventor Otis Tufts patented the first elevator in the US.
1848

The Free Soil Party was formed by 465 delegates in Buffalo.

The party only lasted until 1854 and they mostly focused on single issues like objecting slavery expansion.
1803

Inventor Robert Fulton, tested his 66-foot long boat on River Seine in Paris, France.

The boat featured an eight-horsepower steam engine and reached 4 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the engine broke the hull.
1790

American sea Captain Robert Gray returned to Boston after a three-year journey commanding the ship Columbia Rediviva.

The Columbia Rediviva became the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe.
1673

Admiral Cornelis Evertsen de Jonge led Dutch forces to recapture New York from the English.

Jonge renamed the city "New Orange," and it remained under Dutch control until the English regained it in 1674.
1173

The foundations for the Tower of Pisa were placed in Italy.

48 BC

The Battle of Pharsalus ended on this day.

OTD in 48BC: The Battle of Pharsalus ended on this day.
It was the winning battle of Caesar's Civil War, meaning Julius Caesar had finally defeated Pompey.

Did you know that on this day, August 9th 1859, inventor Otis Tufts patented the first elevator in the US?