September 8

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1565 – The first permanent European settlement in North America was established by a Spanish expedition at St. Augustine, FL.

1860 – The steamship Lady Elgin sank on Lake Michigan, with the loss of around 300 lives.

1866 – The first recorded birth of sextuplets took place in Chicago, IL. The parents were James and Jennie Bushnell.

1892 – An early version of “The Pledge of Allegiance” was first recited.

1921 – In Atlantic City, NJ, 16 year old Margaret Gorman of Washington, DC wins the city’s Golden Mermaid award. Pageant officials later dubbed her the first “Miss America”.

1930 – 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape.

1945 – A bus equipped with a two-way radio was put into service for the first time in Washington, DC.

1945 – Bess Myerson of New York was crowned “Miss America”. She was the first Jewish contestant to win the title.

1952 – The Ernest Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” was published.

1960 – In Huntsville, AL, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. NASA had already activated the facility on July 1st.

1966 – TV’s “Star Trek” debuted on NBC with it’s first episode “The Man Trap”. The show ran until September 2, 1969.

1973 – Hank Aaron hit his 709th home run.

1974 – President Gerald Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while in office.

1980 – The TV cartoon “Bobby’s World” aired its first episode.

1986 – TV’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” debuted nationwide.

1988 – Yellowstone National Park was closed for the first time due to ongoing fires.

1996 – The children’s TV show “Blue’s Clues” premiered on Nickelodeon. It was originally hosted by Steve Burns, who left in 2002 and was replaced by Donovan Patton.

1997 – The TV show “Ally McBeal” debuted.

1997 – America Online acquired CompuServe.

1998 – Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit his 62nd home run of the season. He had beaten a record that had stood for 37 years by Roger Maris. McGwire would eventually reach 70 home runs on September 27.

1999 – Russia’s Mission Control switched off the Mir space station’s central computer and other systems to save energy during a planned six months of unmanned flights.

2003 – The daily TV talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”,  debuted.

2004 – NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash landed when it’s parachute failed to open.

2004 – Memos written by George W. Bush’s squadron commander in the National Guard and revealed on “60 Minutes”, suggested the President received preferential treatment. The report is later largely discredited, costing several journalists their jobs.

2015 – British researchers announced that evidence of a larger version of Stonehenge had been located about 2 miles from the Stonehenge location. There were 90 buried stones that had been found by ground penetrating radar.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Willie Tyler 1940 – Ventriloquist, comedian (Willie Tyler & Lester)

Lem Barney 1945 – Football player (The Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back played his entire career with the Detroit Lions)

Heather Thomas 1957 – Actress (Played Jody Banks on TV’s “The Fall Guy”)

Michael Lardie 1958 – Musician (Great White, Night Ranger)

David Steele 1960 – Musician (English Beat, Fine Young Cannibals)

David Arquette 1971 – Actor (“Scream” movies, “Never Been Kissed”, “Ready to Rumble”, “Buffy the Vampire Killer”)

Brooke Burke 1971 – TV host (TV’s “Dancing With the Stars”, “Wild On!”, “Rock Star: INXS”, winner of “Dancing With the Stars”, Season 7)

Larenz Tate 1975 – Actor (“Menace II Society”, “Dead Presidents”, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, “Ray”)

Pink 1979 – Singer

Jonathan Taylor Thomas 1981 – Actor (“Wild America”, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, “The Lion King”, Played Randy Taylor on TV’s “Home Improvement”)

 

TODAY IS:

Actor’s Day

Iguana Awareness Day

Literacy Day

Pardon Day

Star Trek Day

World Physical Therapy Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Jeffrey Marks
    December 1, 2017 - 8:48 pm

    1996 – Blue’s Clues Debuted On Nick Jr!

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