On this day: August 9

POSTED: 04:01 PM PDT Aug 06, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 08, 2013 

Construction begins on the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a firefighting bear makes his debut, the United States drops the bomb on Japan again, Charles Manson's followers commit mass murder, and Nixon resigns, all on this day.

OTD August 9 - Hermann Hesse
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Dutch National Archives

1962: German-Swiss author and poet Hermann Hesse, the Nobel Prize laureate writer whose works include  "Steppenwolf," "Siddhartha" and "The Glass Bead Game," dies at age 85 in Montagnola, Ticino, Switzerland.


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