Today is Friday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2014 with 145 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars and Saturn.
In 1911, newsreels became a standard part of U.S. movie screenings when the French film company Pathe began releasing weekly black-and-white features to theaters.
In 1940, the German Luftwaffe began a series of daylight air raids on Britain.
In 1945, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, two days after an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and several days before Tokyo surrendered.
In 1974, facing expected impeachment over the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to resign. (He left office the next day.) Listen to UPI Radio's original report of this event.
In 1988, the first night game at Chicago's Wrigley Field was played. The park was the last major league stadium to add lights for night baseball.
In 1990, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait.
In 2003, U.S. leaders of the Episcopal Church approved a landmark local-option resolution on the issue of same-sex marriages, leaving it to local dioceses whether to bless unions of gay and lesbian couples. Church leaders earlier in the week approved their first openly gay bishop.
In 2007, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on a charge of making sexual advances to an undercover police officer at a Minneapolis airport restroom.
In 2008, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., who ran for president in 2004 and dropped out of the 2008 race in January, admitted he had an affair in 2006 with a campaign worker.
In 2009, a sightseeing helicopter with six people aboard collided with a small plane carrying three people over the Hudson River in New York. There were no survivors.
In 2010, U.N. officials estimated 1,600 people had been killed in monsoon-triggered flooding in Pakistan, and authorities said China's deadliest mudslides had claimed more than 1,100 lives. Hundreds of people were missing in the two disasters.
In 2012, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, expressing his support for tougher anti-gun laws, said it's "hard for anyone to refute" the damage being done by firearms.
In 2013, the United States ordered non-emergency personnel to leave its Lahore, Pakistan, consulate because it had received a "credible threat," and warned Americans not to travel to the country.