spotlight Highlights from history: August 8 Aug 8, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1942: Nazi saboteurs In 1942, during World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the U.S. were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others who cooperated with authorities were spared. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1945: United Nations Charter In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed the U.S. instrument of ratification for the United Nations Charter. John Rooney 1968: Nixon Nomination In 1968, the Republican national convention in Miami Beach nominated Richard Nixon for president on the first ballot. AP 1973: Spiro T. Agnew In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign — which he ended up doing. Anonymous 2000: H.L. Hunley In 2000, the wreckage of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which sank in 1864 after attacking the Union ship Housatonic, was recovered off the South Carolina coast and returned to port. PAULA ILLINGWORTH 2002: Saddam Hussein In 2002, Saddam Hussein organized a big military parade and then warned "the forces of evil" not to attack Iraq as he sought once more to shift the debate away from world demands that he live up to agreements that ended the Gulf War. JASSIM MOHAMMED 2003: Sex Abuse Settlements In 2003, the Boston Roman Catholic archdiocese offered $55 million to settle more than 500 lawsuits stemming from alleged sex abuse by priests. (The archdiocese later settled for $85 million.) DAVID L RYAN 2006: Roger Goodell In 2006, Roger Goodell was chosen as the NFL's next commissioner. M. SPENCER GREEN 2008: Beijing Olympics In 2008, China opened the Summer Olympic Games with an extravaganza of fireworks and pageantry. Bullit Marquez 2009: Sonia Sotomayor Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court's first Hispanic and third female justice. J. Scott Applewhite 2009: Taiwan Typhoon In 2009: Typhoon Morakot slammed into Taiwan, leaving more than 670 either dead or missing (the typhoon also killed 22 people in the Philippines and eight in China). Anonymous 2014: Islamic State Airstrikes In 2014, the U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. Khalid Mohammed 2014: Mideast truce In 2014, Israel and militants from Gaza resumed cross-border attacks, after a three-day truce expired. Hatem Moussa 2018: Jarrod Lyle In 2018, Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle died at the age of 36 after a long battle with cancer. Rob Griffith 2018: Margot Kidder In 2018, a Montana coroner said the death of "Superman" actress Margot Kidder had been ruled a suicide from a drug and alcohol overdose. Nick Ut Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight AP How much do you know about Halloween? promotion Be the first to know with breaking news email alerts.