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August 9 in history: Watergate, Manson and Nagasaki

Just in case you think that the problems and challenges we face today can't be any worse, this article offers a quick spin back through time to consider a few events that happened today, 9 August, in years past. They'll help keep things in perspective, I think, but, be warned, it's depressing reading too, because as much as we try to lift ourselves up, people can be terrible, just terrible, to each other.

August 9, 1974, U. S. Vice-President Gerald Ford was promoted to President of the United States of America when Richard Nixon admitted culpability in the Watergate scandal by resigning his presidency.

August 9, 1969, Charles Manson and his weird followers gain national headlines with the terrifying, ritualistic killing of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and five of her friends in a mansion above Los Angeles.

August 9, 1945, American forces drop an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan only three days after shocking the world - and forever changing warfare - by dropping the first A-bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, to terrible effect.

Read on for more details on these events...