On This Day in
American History:

August 8th

The Convair B-36 made its first flight on August 8, 1946. Named “The Peacemaker,” the plane was designed to carry nuclear bombs from within US to the USSR. Later models were powered by both propeller and jet engines – “six turning and four burning.” It was replaced by more advanced planes in the 1950s.

Image: USAF via Wikimedia Commons, public domain in the US

On August 8th, 1960 Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” was #1 in the charts in the U.S.

Image of Brian Hyland in the late 60s via Wikimedia Commons, public domain


On August 8th, 1863, over a month after the Battle of
Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee requests his resignation with a written letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Davis immediately rejects Lee’s request.

Image: General Robert E. Lee and his horse “Traveller” c. 1866
via Wikimedia Commons, public domain


On this date, August 8th, 1966: Dr. Michael DeBakey led a team of surgeons in a successful implant of an artificial heart pump or LVAD in a 37-year-old woman.

During his career, Michael operated on over 60,000 patients.

Image: Colonel Michael DeBakey, Medical Corps, US Army, October 1945-February 1946. From: Otis Historical Archives of “National Museum of Health & Medicine” via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0


Born August 8, 1839 Nelson A. Miles had a remarkable, 42-year career as a soldier. A 1st Lieutenant in 1861, he ended the Civil War as a Major General with a Medal of Honor. Miles served through the Indian Wars and Spanish-American War, retiring as Commanding General in 1903. He’s shown, left, in Puerto Rico in 1898.

Image: LOC via Wikimedia Commons, public domain in the US


American actress Sylvia Sidney was born on August 8th, 1910 in The Bronx, New York.

Sylvia‘s career began in the mid 1920s and early on included roles in Alfred Hitchcock films. In the twilight of her career she appeared in movies such as Beetlejuice and Mars Attacks! (late 80s & 90s.)

Image: Sylvia Sidney in 1932 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain


On the evening of August 8, 1974 Richard Nixon delivered a speech to the nation on television and radio. During the address he stated “I shall resign the Presidency effective noon tomorrow. Vice President Ford will be sworn in at that hour in this office.” Nixon’s resignation was a result of the Watergate scandal.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain in the US


On the afternoon of August 8th, 1883 over five hundred Native American warriors, who were mounted on ponies, bid farewell to President Chester A. Arthur at Fort Washakie in Wyoming before he and his Presidential party departed for Yellowstone.
During his visit President Arthur met with Chief Black Coal of the Arapaho and Chief Washakie of the Shoshone.

Image: Indian reception of President Chester A. Arthur at Fort Washakie, Wyo. Terr.,1883 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain


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