On this day: August 8

Published On: Aug 06 2012 06:25:51 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 08 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Napoleon goes into exile, Wrigley gets lights, the "Dream Team" clinches gold in Barcelona, and the United States' debt rating takes a hit, all on this day.

OTD August 8 - 2008 Summer Olympics
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2008: The Summer Olympics begin in Beijing, China. The ceremony is noted for its focus on ancient Chinese culture and for its creativity, as well as being the first to use weather modification technology to prevent rainfall. The final ascent to the torch featured Olympic gymnast Li Ning, who used a harness and cables to appear as though to be running through air around the membrane of the stadium.

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