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 This day in History - August 8
409 Historic Events for August 8
1979

Iraqi president Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

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1980

LBV Conference Center and Club Lake Villas open

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1980

Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician, dies at 63

Death
1980

Jacqueline Cochrane, US pilot/1st female faster than sound, dies at 70

Death
1982

Ferre Grignard, Belgian pop singer/painter (Crucified Jesus), dies

Death
1982

Valeer van Kerkhove, Flemish writer/producer (De Weerlozen), dies

Death
1982

Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist, dies at 62

Death
1982

Hermine Heijermans, author (Snikken en Smartlapjes), dies at 80

Death
1982

64th PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Tulsa

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1982

Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

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1983

Military coup in Guatemala, Pres Rios Montt flees

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1983

Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

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1983

Brig Gen Efrain Rios Montt was deposed as president of Guatemela

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1984

Richard Deacon, actor (Mel Cooley-Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 62

Death
1984

"Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances

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1984

Carl Lewis wins 3rd (200m) of 4 gold medals in Summer

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1984

Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends

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1985

Baseball's new agreement permits 2 new NL teams in 1993

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1985

Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet

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1985

Louise Brooks, actress (Pandora's Box), dies of a heart attack at 78

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1986

Record 3 grandslams in a game-(Harrah-Tex, Sheets and Dwyer-Orioles)

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1987

Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game

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1987

Lynne Cox became 1st to swim from US to Russia across Bering Strait

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1987

Pakistan all out 708 v England at The Oval, Botham 3-217

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1988

Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), dies at 85

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