On this day: August 9

POSTED: 04:01 PM PDT Aug 06, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 08, 2016 

A firefighting bear makes his debut, the United States drops the bomb on Japan again, Charles Manson's followers commit mass murder, Nixon resigns, and Michael Brown in shot and killed in Ferguson, all on this day.

OTD August 9 - Ted Stevens
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2010: Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens dies when a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter plane he and several others were passengers in crashes while en route to a private fishing lodge in Alaska. Stevens represented Alaska in the Senate, serving from Dec. 24, 1968, until Jan. 3, 2009, making him the longest-serving Republican senator in history. A World War II veteran, he also held senior positions in the Eisenhower Interior Department in the 1950s. In 2008, Stevens was embroiled in a federal corruption trial as he ran for re-election to the Senate. He was found guilty, and eight days later was narrowly defeated at the polls.


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