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Today In History - September 7
Official photo of the first Miss America winner, Margaret Gorman, taken in 1921.
(Public Domain Photo)

Official photo of the first Miss America
winner, Margaret Gorman, taken in 1921.

(Public Domain Photo)

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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:

Historical Events

  • 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)

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Famous Birthdays

  • 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)
  • 1860 - Grandma Moses [Anna Maria], NY, primitive painter (Old Oaken Bucket), (d. 1961)
  • 1885 - Harry Sinclair Lewis, US, writer (Babbitt, Nobel 1930)
  • 1926 - Ed Warren [Edward Warren Miney], Bridgeport Connecticut, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting)
  • 1927 - Don Messick, cartoon voice (Bam-bam, Astro, Scooby-Doo)
  • 1936 - Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], Lubbock Texas, American musician (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day), (d. 1959)
  • 1942 - Garrison Keillor, humorist (Prairie Home Companion)
  • 1949 - Gloria Gaynor, Newark NJ, disco singer (I Will Survive)

Famous Weddings

  • 1943 - "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (24) weds actor-director Orson Welles (28)
  • 1945 - "Star Trek" actor DeForest Kelley (25) weds Carolyn Dowling
  • 1984 - Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) weds fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21)
  • 1991 - US actor Harry Hamlin weds actress Nicollette Sheridan
  • 1996 - Five-foot-eleven model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey
  • 2013 - Actor Patrick Stewart (72) weds singer Sunny Ozell (35) near Lake Tahoe

Famous Divorces

  • 1949 - Actress Janet Leigh (22) divorces Stanley Reames after 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1943 - J. P. Morgan, Jr., American financier (b. 1867)
  • 1966 - Al Kelly, double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67
  • 1978 - Keith Moon, rock drummer (Who), dies of drug overdose at 31
  • 1994 - Terence Young, British director (Thunderball), dies of at 79
  • 1997 - Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (1965-97), dies at 66

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