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This Day In History: Aug. 8

This Day in History

1900: The first Davis Cup tennis tournament begins; the United States defeats Britain after the 2-day match.
1972: Sen. Thomas Eagleton, George McGovern's Democratic running mate in the 1972 presidential election, is replaced on the ticket by Sargent Shriver following disclosure that Eagleton had undergone treatment for depression.
1974: Pres. Richard Nixon announces his resignation.
1988: The Cubs play baseball under the lights for the first time at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
2000: Vice President Al Gore formally announces that his running mate for the 2000 presidential election will be Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the first Orthodox Jew ever to run for the nation's second-highest office.
2001: With the promise of NATO troops, ethnic Albanian and Macedonian Slav political parties reach an agreement to end more than six months of violence in Macedonia.

Today's Birthdays

1866: Matthew Henson, Arctic explorer (Charles County, MD; died 1955)
1896: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, novelist/short-story writer (Washington, D.C.; died 1953)
1907: Benny Carter, jazz musician/composer (New York, NY; died 2003)
1910: Sylvia Sidney, actress (New York, NY; died 1999)
1919: Dino DeLaurentiis, producer (Torre Annunziata, Italy)
1922: Rory Calhoun, actor (Los Angeles, CA; died 1999)
1923: Esther Williams, swimmer and actress (Los Angeles, CA)
1932: Mel Tillis, singer/songwriter (Tampa, FL)
1937: Dustin Hoffman, actor (Los Angeles, CA)
1938: Connie Stevens, actress (Brooklyn, NY)
1944: Peter Weir, director (Sydney, Australia)
1949: Keith Carradine, actor/singer (San Mateo, CA)
1958: Deborah Norville, TV personality/journalist (Dalton, GA)
1976: Joshua Chasez (J.C.), singer and member of 'N Sync (Washington, D.C.)
1988: Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, princess (London, England)

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