9th August, on this day

480 BC King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 1,000 Greeks are defeated by the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae
48 BC Caesar's civil war: Battle of Pharsalus - Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt.
378 Battle of Adrianople, Visigoth Calvary defeats Roman Army
681 Bulgaria is founded as a Khanate on the south bank of the Danube, after defeating the Byzantine armies of Emperor Constantine IV south of the Danube delta.
1048 Pope Damasus II dies in Rome, after reigning for only 23 days.
1173 Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins, and it takes two centuries to complete.
1329 Quilon the first Indian Diocese was erected by Pope John XXII and Jordanus was appointed the first Bishop
1483 Opening of the Sistine Chapel
1638 Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in the Bronx
1666 Rear Admiral Robert Holmes leads a raid on the Dutch island of Terschelling, destroying 150 merchant ships in the Vlie estuary, and pillaging the town of West-Terschelling, an act later knkown as "Holmes's Bonfire".
1673 Dutch recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674
1721 In Britain, prisoners at Newgate Jail are used a guinea pigs for to test vaccinations against disease
1757 French forces commanded by General Montclam, capture Fort William Henry from the British during the Seven Years War
1778 Capt Cook passes through Bering Strait
1790 Columbia becomes 1st US flagged ship to voyage around the world
1803 1st horses arrive in Hawaii
1810 Napoleon annexes Westphalia as part of the First French Empire.
1828 The Russians defeat the Turks at the Battle of Akhalzic.
1829 In US, "Stourbridge Lion" locomotive goes into service
1831 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)
1842 The Webster-Ashburton Treaty, signed between America and Britain, agrees the frontier between the United States and Canada
1848 Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with the Free Soil Party nominating Martin Van Buren for president
1849 Hungarian Republic crushed by Austria and Russia
1854 Henry David Thoreau publishes "Walden"
1855 Battle of Acapulco during Mexican Liberal uprising
1862 Prelude to 2nd Manassas, Jackson is victorious at Battle of Cedar Mt, however Gen Charles S Winder is killed
1870 Britain passes the Elementary Education Act, giving compulsory free education to every child in England and Wales aged between 5-13
1877 Indian Wars: Battle of Big Hole - A small band of Nez Percé Indians clash with the United States Army.
1892 Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.
1902 Edward VII of England crowned after death of his mother Victoria
1914 World War I: HMS Birmingham sinks a German submarine, the first to be sunk by the Royal Navy
1930 Betty Boop debutes in Max Fleischer's animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes
1936 Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal of Berlin Olympics
1941 World War II: RAF fighter pilot Douglas Bader is shot down and captured by German troops
1942 In India, Mahatma Gandhi and 50 other senior figures are arrested after the All-India Congress initiates a quit India campaign against British rule
1942 Battle of Savo Island - Allied naval forces protecting their amphibious forces during the initial stages of the Battle of Guadalcanal are surprised and defeated by an Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser force.
1944 The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.
1945 The second atomic bomb is dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, an estimated 70,000 are killed
1956 1st state-wide, state-supported educational TV network, Alabama
1956 South African women demonstrate against pass laws
1960 Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida
1963 In Britain, ITV transmits the first edition of the pop music programme Ready Steady Go to rival the BBC's Top of the Pops. The presenter is Cathy McGowan
1965 Singapore gains its independence, becoming an independent republic within the British Commonwealth after seceding from Malaysia
1969 The bodies of US actress Sharon Tate, wife of film director Roman Polanski, and four others are found at a house in Beverly Hills, California. Members of a commune known as The Family, led by Charles Manson are later arrested, tried and jailed
1970 Peruvian Airlines jet carrying 45 US exchange students explodes
1972 Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct the Space Shuttle
1973 Henry McCullough and Denny Seiwell quit Wings
1973 USSR launches Mars 7
1974 US Vice-President Gerald Ford is sworn in as US President following the resignation of Richard Nixon over the Watergate Affair
1976 USSR launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth
1977 The military-controlled Government of Uruguay announces that it will return the nation to civilian rule through general elections in 1981 for a President and Congress.
1979 Britain establishes its first nudist beach, in Brighton
1981 6 English lifeguards set relay swim record the English Channel (7:17)
1984 Daley Thompson of Britain sets the decathalon record (8,847) in LA Cal
1988 Just 1 day after 8/8/88 NY's daily number is 888
1990 12 Arab leaders agree to send pan-Arab forces to protect Saudi Arabia
1992 25th Olympic Summer games close in Barcelona, Spain
1993 The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan loses a 38-year hold on national leadership.
1996 West Midlands woman Mandy Allwood announces she is expecting octuplets
1999 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
1999 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru and Kimi Ga Yo as the official national flag and national anthem.
2001 US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.

9th August 2006

Israel approves deeper offensive

Defeated Lieberman to run alone

Full moon fear for Mayon volcano

9th August 2007

Mortgage fears hit US markets

Rebels kill 20 Philippine troops

Russian bombers' Cold War run

9th August 2008

Russian jets attack Georgian town

US tourist dies in Beijing attack

Italy holds five on terror charge

9th August 2009

Bomb blasts hit Spain's Majorca

Typhoon batters south-east China

Badminton team quits after threat

9th August 2010

Taylor 'gave Naomi Campbell diamonds'

Moscow deaths in heatwave

Germany shuts 9/11 mosque

Birthdates which occurred on 9th August :

1593 Izaak Walton England, biographer/fisherman/writer (Compleat Angler)
1686 Benedetto Marcello Venice Italy, composer (Lettera Famigliare)
1776 Amedeo Avogadro Tuin Italy, 6.022 x 10 ^ 23 (Avogadro's Law)
1819 William Thomas Green Morton dentist, used ether (HOF 1920)
1825 Elisha Ferry (Gov-R-Wash, 1872-80, 1889-93)
1875 Albert William KetŠlbey Aston England, composer (Wonder Worker)
1883 George Hoyt NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961)
1896 Jean Piaget Switz, pioneer developmental psychologist/zoologist
1896 Leonide Massine choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20)
1897 Ralph Wyckoff American pioneer in x-ray crystallography
19-- Clint Ritchie ND, actor (Clint Buchanon-One Life to Live)
19-- Dennis Belanger Canada, rock vocalist (Voivod-Angel Rat)
19-- Michael Storm Chicago, actor (Dr Larry Wolek-One Life to Live)
1901 Charles Farrell Cape Cod Mass, actor (Vern-My Little Margie)
1902 Zino Francescatti Marseilles France, violinist (NY Phil-1939)
1905 Leo Genn actor (Affair in Monte Carlo)
1909 John Baur museum director/author (American Paintings in 19th Century)
1911 Robert McCormick Danville Ky, NBC newscaster (Current Opinion)
1911 William A Fowler US, astrophysicist (Nobel 1983)
1913 Harry Mills singer (Mills Brothers-Paper Doll)
1913 Herman Talmadge (Sen-D-Ga, Watergate Committee)
1919 Ralph Houk baseball manager (Yankees, Tigers)
1921 J James Exon (Sen-D-Neb)
1922 Philip Larkin Coventry England, writer (North Ship, Jill)
1927 Marvin Minsky Artifical intelligence computer scientist (MIT)
1927 Robert Shaw England, actor (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday)
1928 Bob Cousy NBA star, Boston Celtics (1957 MVP)
1930 Betty Boop animation
1938 Dick Anthony Williams Chicago Ill, actor (Our Family Honor)
1938 Rod Laver Australia, tennis ace (1962, 1969 Grand Slam)
1939 Claude Osteen baseball pitcher (Cin Reds)
1940 Beverlee McKinsey Okla, actress (Another World, Guiding Light)
1942 David Steinberg Winnipeg Canada, comedian/director (End)
1944 Sam Elliot Calif, actor (Big Chill, Fatal Beauty)
1945 Ken Norton Heavyweight Boxing Champ/TV panelist (Gong Show)
1955 Doug Williams Louisana, NFL QB (Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Wash Redskins)
1957 Melanie Griffith NYC, actress (Something Wild, Working Girl)
1958 Amanda Bearse actress (Marcy Rhoodes-Married With Children)
1958 Greg Chaisson heavy metal rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
1959 Kurtis Blow NYC, rapper (Krushgroove-The Breaks)
1963 Lonnie Quinn Cheshire Conn, actor (Will Cooley-All My Children)
1963 Whitney Houston Newark NJ, singer (One Moment in Time)
1965 Kyle Kyle Kensington Pa, rock bassist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals)
1966 Pat Petersen LA Calif, actor (Michael-Knots Landing)
1971 Mary Joe Fernandez Dom Rep, tennis player (US National 16s)
1972 Elizabeth Vassey Raleigh NC, actress (Emily Martin-All My Children)


Deaths which occurred on August 9th:
1896 Otto Lilenthal killed during a glider test
1969 George P Marshall president of Washington Redskins, dies at 72
1969 Sharon Tate actress, killed by Charles Manson's gang
1972 Bill Berns commentator (Television Screen Magazine), dies at 53
1973 Dean Corll shot; he raped & killed 26 boys
1979 Allan Frank actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
1988 Alan Napier (Alfred the Butler on Batman), dies at 85