9/7/2019 12:01:00 AM Today In History - September 7
Official photo of the first Miss America winner, Margaret Gorman, taken in 1921.
(Public Domain Photo)
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
Today in History in 1813 “Uncle Sam” was first used to refer to the United States; in 1921 the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and in 1979 the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) made its debut.
Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1251 BC - A solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Heracles at Thebes, Greece.
1813 - "Uncle Sam" was 1st used to refer to US (Troy Post of NY)
1902 - In Australia, the whole nation observes a 'day of humiliation' and prays for rain, as a terrible drought kills livestock and threatens crops; rain begins to appear on 10 September
1921 - In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.
1936 - Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) begins operation
1979 - The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
1986 - Dan Marino throws his 100th career touchdown pass, the fastest QB in NFL history to do so
2003 - 123rd Men's U.S. Open: Andy Roddick beats Juan Carlos Ferrero (6-3, 7-6, 6-3)
1533 - Queen Elizabeth I, Greenwich England, (1558-1603) daughter of Henry VIII and Anna Boleyn (d. 1603)
1805 - Samuel Wilberforce, English bishop and one of the greatest public speakers of his day (remembered for his opposition to Darwin's theory of evolution), born in London (d. 1873)