Historical Events for 9th August 2021

1848 – US Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with Free Soil Party nominating Martin Van Buren for president
1859 – Otis Tufts patents the first passenger elevator in the US
1942 – CBS radio broadcasts the debut of wartime series “Our Secret Weapon”
1952 – General strike against overtime conscription in Belgium
1984 – STS 41-D vehicle again moves out to launch pad
1987 – The National Union of Mineworkers begin South Africa’s longest wage strike
1992 – Record temperature in Berlin-Dahlem 99.3°F (37.4°C)
2012 – Women’s Olympic Football Gold Medal won by the USA beating Japan 2-1 in the final
2016 – Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei sets a world record of 147kg in the clean and jerk, and another for a total score of 262kg, to win the women’s 63kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
2020 – Brazil passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world’s 2nd highest, with over 3 million recorded cases

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