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September 8 - Today in History
By Staff
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:00:00 AM

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1024 - Duke Koenraad II chosen German King
1141 - -9] Battle of Samarkand: Yelutashi defeats Islams
1156 - Henry II Jasormigott leaves Bavaria
1276 - John XXI elected Pope
1303 - Anagni: French king Philip IV captures Pope Boniface VIII
1380 - Battle on Kulikovo: Moscow's great monarch Dimitri beats Mongols
1380 - Russians defeat Tatars at Kulikovo, beginning decline of Tatars
1522 - Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completes 1st circumnavigation of globe, expedition begins under Ferdinand Magellan
1553 - City of Lichfield, England established
1565 - First permanent settlement in US forms (St Augustine, Florida)
1565 - Turkish siege of Malta broken by Maltese & Knights of St John
1664 - Dutch surrender New Amsterdam (NY) to 300 English soldiers
1771 - Mission San Gabriel Archangel forms in California
1796 - Battle of Bassano-French beat Austrians
1858 - Lincoln makes a speech about when you can fool people
1860 - Loss of steamer, "Lady Elgin"
1863 - 47 Texas volunteers repel Federal invasion force at Sabine Pass, Texas
1868 - NY Athletic Club formed
1883 - Northern Pacific RR's last spike driven at Independence Creek, Montreal
1883 - NY Giants score 13 runs in an inning against the Phillies
1892 - First appearance of "The Pledge of Allegiance" (Youth's Companion)
1900 - 6,000 killed when a hurricane & tidal wave destroys Galveston, Texas, most deadly in US history
1905 - Pittsburgh Pirates strand NL record 18 men on base & lose to Reds 8-3
1920 - US Air Mail service begins (NYC to SF)
1921 - First Miss America crowned (Margaret Gorman of Washington DC)
1924 - Alexandra Kollontai of Russia becomes 1st woman ambassador
1930 - First appearance of the comic strip "Blondie"
1930 - NYC public schools begin teaching Hebrew
1934 - 134 die in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off NJ
1937 - Yankees trail 6-1, come up with 8 in the 9th, beat Boston 9-6
1939 - FDR declares "limited national emergency" due to war in Europe
1939 - Yanks beat Red Sox 4-1 in 7, game called because of lightning
1941 - Entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania is exterminated
1943 - Italy surrenders to the allies in WW II
1943 - NY Giants' pitcher Ace Adams sets record by working in his 62nd game
1944 - First V-2 rocket lands in Britain
1945 - US invades Japanese-held Korea
1946 - San Francisco 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to NY Yankees 21-7
1951 - Japan signs treaty of peace with 48 countries (SF)
1952 - Ernest Hemingway's "Old Man & the Sea" published
1954 - SE Asia Treaty Org (SEATO) formed to stop communist spread in SE Asia
1954 - With a 3-2 count, Phillies Richie Ashburn fouls next 14, then walks
1955 - Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
1956 - Harry Belafonte's album "Calypso," goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
1957 - Mal Anderson & Althea Gibson win tennis' US Open
1957 - Pope Pius XII encyclical On motion pictures, radio, TV
1958 - Oman turns over Gwadur (on Bal?chist n coast) to Pakistan
1963 - Ines Cuervo de Priete, 34, gives birth to quintuplets, all boys
1965 - Hurricane Betsy kills 75 in Louisiana & Florida
1965 - KC A's Bert Campaneris plays all 9 positions in a game
1966 - "Star Trek" premiers on NBC-TV
1966 - "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premiers on ABC-TV
1967 - Surveyor 5 launched; makes soft landing on Moon Sept 10
1967 - Uganda abolishes traditional tribal kingdoms, becomes a republic 1971 - John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens in Washington DC
1972 - Chicago Cub Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year
1972 - Jim Ryun (US) & Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide & fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold
1973 - First all Australian women's US Open final, (Court beats Goolagong)
1973 - Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers
1973 - Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)
1974 - President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes
1975 - Boston begins court ordered busing of public schools
1977 - Interpol sends a resolution concerning video piracy
1977 - Jimmy McCullough quits Wings
1978 - 2nd game of the Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2
1983 - NASA launches RCA-6
1984 - Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41G mission
1985 - "USA Weekend's" 1st issue, appears in 255 newspapers
1985 - 7 die in a car & train crash in San Jose CA
1985 - Alayson Gibbons sets 24 hr women swim record of 42.05 mi in 25 m pool
1985 - Discovery flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
1985 - Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with 4,191 hits
1988 - Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43 m (7' 11?")
1990 - Ellis Island Historical Site opens on Eliis Island, NYC
1990 - Gabriella Sabitini beats Steffi Graff to win the US Open
1991 - Buffalo Bill Jim Kelly passes for 6 touchdowns vs Pitts (52-34)
1991 - Stefan Edberg wins the US Open
1994 - A USAir Boeing 737 crashes in Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, near the city of Aliquippa
1999 - United States Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film Waco: The Rules of Engagement contradicting the official government stories
2004 - The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open
2005 - Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America


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