Aug. 9, 1945: On President Harry Truman's orders, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Nagasaki, bombed three days after Hiroshima, helped convince the Japanese to surrender on Aug. 15, bringing World War II to an end.
Aug. 9, 1974: In a somber ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Gerald Ford was sworn in as the 38th president, following the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Ford, a longtime Michigan congressman, was appointed vice president after Spiro Agnew's resignation in 1973. He was the only man who served as president and vice president without being elected to either office. Ford won the Republican party's nomination for president in 1976, after a bruising battle with Ronald Reagan, but was narrowly defeated in the general election by Jimmy Carter.
Quote of the Day
"My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our constitution works." –Gerald Ford
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