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On this day: August 9

POSTED: 5:01 PM Aug 06 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 09 2013

Construction begins on the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a firefighting bear makes his debut, the United States drops the bomb on Japan again, Charles Manson's followers commit mass murder, and Nixon resigns, all on this day.

OTD August 9 - Leaning Tower of Pisa
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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.