Today in History, August 9th

1854 — Henry David Thoreau publishes his classic, Walden.

1936 — Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics, spitting in der fuehrer’s            face with a hard rebuke of his venomous ideas of the so-called superiority of the Aryan race.

1945 — The United States drops an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, prompting Japan to surrender in World War II.

1988 — President Reagan nominates Lauro Cavazos to be secretary of education and the first Hispanic to serve in a president’s Cabinet.