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9th August

1757 * Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer who built the Menai suspension bridge in Wales.

1902 The coronation of Edward VII took place in Westminster Abbey.

1922 * Philip Larkin, English poet and novelist.

1936 Much to Hitler's annoyance, Jesse Owens became the first American to win four gold medals in one Olympics.

1938 * Rodney Laver, Australian tennis champion and winner of all four major titles.

1945 The second atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city Nagasaki.

1963 * Whitney Houston, US singer.

1965 Singapore proclaimed its independence from Malaysia.

1969 US actress Sharon Tate and 4 others murdered by Charles Manson in Beverly Hills.

1974 Gerald Ford was sworn in as the first non-elected US president after Nixon's resignation.

1979 Brighton become the first major resort in Britain to agree to set aside part of its seafront to nudists.

1993 A five-year-old girl who was severely injured in the fighting in Bosnia was flown to Britain for treatment.

1999 Charles Kennedy won the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

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