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Today In History - September 8

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From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1504 Michelangelo’s David was unveiled in Florence, Italy; in 1900 a hurricane and tidal wave hit Galveston, Texas killing 6,000; and in 1966 “Star Trek” premiered on NBC-TV and “That Girl” premiered on ABC-TV.

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

  • 1504 - Michelangelo's David is unveiled in Florence.
  • 1858 - Abraham Lincoln supposedly says in a speech "You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time"
  • 1900 - 6,000 killed when a hurricane and tidal wave strikes Galveston, Texas
  • 1914 - HMS (formerly RMS) Oceanic, sister ship of RMS Titanic, sinks off Scotland
  • 1952 - Ernest Hemmingway's "Old Man and the Sea" published
  • 1960 - Nationwide release (US) of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh
  • 1966 - "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1966 - "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1973 - "Star Trek - Animated Series" premieres on TV
  • 1974 - US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes
  • 1986 - 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' is first broadcast nationally.
  • 1994 - 11th MTV Video Music Awards: Aerosmith wins with newlyweds Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley opening the show
  • 2015 - Comedian Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of CBS's "The Late Show"


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1157 - Richard I, [Richard the Lion Hearted], King of England (1189-99)
  • 1830 - Frederic Mistral, Maillane, France, Provencal poet (Nobel 1904), (d. 1914)
  • 1841 - Charles J. Guiteau, American assassin of US President James A. Garfield (d. 1882)
  • 1857 - Ida Henrietta Hyde, Davenport Iowa, American physiologist who invented the micro-electrode. She was the first woman allowed to do research at Harvard Medical School and to be elected to the American Physiology Society.
  • 1897 - [James Charles] Jimmie Rodgers, Mendoza Miss, country singer/singing brakeman
  • 1922 - Sid Caesar, Yonkers NY, comedian (Your Show of Shows)
  • 1925 - Peter Sellers, England, actor and goon (Kato, Bobo, Pink Panther), (d. 1980)
  • 1932 - Patsy Cline, Winchester Va., country singer (Crazy)
  • 1971 - David Arquette, Winchester Virginia, American actor, director and producer (Scream, Kiss and Tell)
  • 1979 - Pink [Alecia Beth Moore], Abington Township Pennsylvania, singer (Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill)

Famous Weddings

  • 1761 - Marriage of George III of the United Kingdom to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Queen Charlotte).
  • 1864 - Business magnate John D. Rockefeller (25) weds abolitionist Laura Spelman (24)
  • 1897 - Confederate General James Longstreet (76) weds Helen Dortch (34) at the governor's mansion in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1953 - Actress Lana Turner (32) weds "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34)
  • 1969 - Polish politician and trade-union organizer Lech Walesa (25) weds Danuta Golos (20)
  • 1973 - Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada
  • 1987 - NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (24) weds girlfriend Jackie Mitchell
  • 2010 - Grammy nominated singer Jenni Rivera (41) weds MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza (38) at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California
  • 2012 - "How I Met Your Mother" actress Cobie Smulders (30) weds "Saturday Night Live" actor Taran Killam (30) at the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang, California
  • 2012 - "Big Brother" TV personality winner Rachel Reilly (27) weds fellow Big Brother player Brendon Villegas (32) at the top of AT&T Center in downtown Los Angeles
  • 2014 - Actress Ashley Tisdale (29) weds singer Christopher French at a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2009 - 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (36) divorces glamour model Katie Price (31) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1784 - Ann Lee, American religious leader (b. 1736)
  • 1935 - Edward L. Doheny, American oil tycoon, dies of natural causes at 79
  • 1965 - Dorothy Dandridge, American actress (Island in the Sun), dies of accidental overdose at 42
  • 1969 - Bud Collyer, TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), dies at 61
  • 1977 - Zero [Samuel J] Mostel, US actor (Fiddler on the Roof), dies at 62
  • 1980 - Willard Libby, America


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