spotlight Highlights from history: August 9 Aug 9, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1936: Jesse Owens In 1936, Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics as the United States took first place in the 400-meter relay. AP 1945: Nagasaki Bombing On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 Superfortress code-named Bockscar dropped a nuclear device ("Fat Man") over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1969: Manson Family Murders In 1969, actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally slain at Tate's Los Angeles home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1974: Gerald R. Ford In 1974, Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the nation's 38th chief executive as President Richard Nixon's resignation took effect. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1982: John W. Hinckley Jr. In 1982, a federal judge in Washington ordered John W. Hinckley Jr., who'd been acquitted of shooting President Ronald Reagan and three others by reason of insanity, committed to a mental hospital. Bruce Hoertel 1985: Walker Spy Conviction In 1985, a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia, found retired Navy officer Arthur J. Walker guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union. (Walker, who was sentenced to life, died in prison in 2014 at the age of 79.) STEVE HELBER 1995: Jerry Garcia In 1995, Jerry Garcia, lead singer of the Grateful Dead, died in Forest Knolls, California, of a heart attack at age 53. KRISTY MCDONALD 2004: Terry Nichols In 2004, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, addressing a court for the first time, asked victims of the blast for forgiveness as a judge sentenced him to 161 consecutive life sentences. JERRY LAIZURE 2009: Danny Fitzsimons In 2009, Iraqi authorities arrested British contractor Danny Fitzsimons in the shooting deaths of two co-workers in Baghdad's protected Green Zone. (Fitzsimons was convicted by an Iraqi court in 2011 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.) Karim Kadim 2009: Guadalajara, Mexico In 2009, President Barack Obama flew to Guadalajara, Mexico, for a two-day speed summit with Mexican President Felipe Calderon (fay-LEE'-pay kahl-duh-ROHN') and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Alex Brandon 2014: Michael Brown Jr. In 2014, Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed 18-year-old black man, was shot to death by a police officer following an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri; Brown's death led to sometimes-violent protests in Ferguson and other U.S. cities, spawning a national "Black Lives Matter" movement. David Goldman 2018: Melania Trump Parents In 2018, the parents of first lady Melania Trump were sworn in as U.S. citizens; they had been living in the country as permanent residents. Seth Wenig 2018: NFL Demonstrations In 2018, player demonstrations again took place at several early NFL preseason games, with two Philadelphia Eagles players raising their fists during the national anthem. Mike McCarn 2018: SoCal Holy Fire In 2018, evacuation orders expanded to 20,000 as a wildfire that had been intentionally set moved perilously close to homes in Southern California. Patrick Record 2018: Space Force In 2018, Vice President Mike Pence announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as a sixth military service by 2020. 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