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TODAY IN HISTORY - AUGUST 9



International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples


• 1173 – Construction of the campanile of the Cathedral of Pisa (now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) begins; it will take two centuries to complete.

• 1329 – Quilon, the first Indian Christian Diocese, is erected by Pope John XXII; the French-born Jordanus is appointed the first Bishop.

• 1892 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.

• 1936 – Summer Olympic Games: Games of the XI Olympiad: Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the games.

• 1942 – Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement.



• 1996 – Death day of Frank Whittle, English soldier and engineer, invented the jet engine (Birth on 1907)




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