The following legally significant events transpired on this date in history:

1726 Netherlands signs Covenant of Hannover

1810  Napoleon annexes Westphalia as part of the First French Empire

1910  A patent was issued for the new electric washing machine, which was designed by Hurley engineer Alva J. Fisher, three years after its initial invention

1945 - The United States dropped the second atom bomb on Japan, at Nagasaki, resulting in Japan's unconditional surrender

1961 -James B Parsons was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, making him the first black justice to be appointed to a Federal District Court.

1969 On this day in 1969, members of Charles Manson's cult killed five people in movie director Roman Polanski's Beverly Hills, California home, including Polanski's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate.

1974 In accordance with his statement of resignation the previous evening, Richard M. Nixon officially ends his term as the 37th president of the United States at noon, making Gerald Ford the 38th U.S. President.

1977 The military-controlled Government of Uruguay announces that it will return the nation to civilian rule through general elections, for a President and Congress.

1985 Arthur Walker, a retired U.S. Navy officer, is found guilty of espionage for passing top-secret documents to his brother who then passed them to Soviet agents. Walker was part of one of the most significant Cold War spy rings in the United States.

2000 Massive recall announced by Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. affecting 6.5 million of its model ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires. The announcement was made two days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration linked hundreds of accidents and at least 46 deaths to defects with the tread on the tires.

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