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September 8th In Pop Culture History

1504 - Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence.

1860 - The steamship Lady Elgin sank in Lake Michigan, killing nealy 300.

1888 - The body of Jack the Ripper's second murder victim, Annie Chapman, was found in London.

1892 - The Pledge of Allegiance was first published by by the Youth's Companion Magazine - "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

1900 - The Galveston Hurricane killed 8,000 people in Texas.

1921 - 16-year-old Margaret Gorman won the Atlantic City Pageant's Golden Mermaid trophy. Pageant officials later called her the first Miss America.

1930 - "Blondie" newspaper comic strip debuted.

1930 - 3M (formerly the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company) begian marketing Scotch transparent tape.

1935 - US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long was fatally shot in the Louisiana State Capitol building by Carl Austin Weiss, Jr.

1951 - #1 Hit September 8, 1951 - November 2, 1951: Tony Bennett - Because Of You

1954 - The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) was established.

1956 - Harry Belafonte's album "Calypso" featuring The Banana Boat Song was the #1 album, according to Billboard, and stayed #1 for 31 weeks, become the first documented million-seller album.

1966 - Tarzan and Star Trek both debuted on NBC. That Girl debuted on ABC.

1973 - #1 Hit September 8, 1973 - September 21, 1973: Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On

1973 - Star Trek: The Animated Series debuted on ABC.

1974 - US President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon for any crimes that then-President Nixon may have committed while in office.

1975 - US Air Force Tech Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, appeared in his Air Force uniform on the cover of Time magazine with the headline "I Am A Homosexual". He was given a general discharge, which was later upgraded to honorable.

1986 - Oprah Winfrey's show became nationally syndicated.

1988 - Yellowstone National Park was closed due to ongoing summer fires.

1990 - #1 Hit September 8, 1990 - September 14, 1990: Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory

1990 - America's Funniest Videos debuted on ABC.

1996 - Blue's Clues premiered on Nickelodeon

1998 - Mark McGuire hit Home Run # 62, breaking Roger Maris's record of 61 (1961)

2001 - #1 Hit September 8, 2001 - November 2, 2001: Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule - I'm Real

2004 - The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-landed on Mars when its parachute failed to open.

2007 - #1 Hit September 8, 2007 - September 14, 2007: Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry

September 8th Celebrity Birthdays

Birthday Boy
Celebrity Quote:

Pink 'Alecia Moore' (1979)
David Arquette (1971)
Jonathon Taylor Thomas (1981)
Aimee Mann (1960)
Brooke Burke (1971)
Ron McKernan (1945-1973, Age 27)
Heathyer Thomas (1957)
Sid Ceasar (1922)
Jimmie Rodgers (1897)
Peter Sellers (1925)
Eric Hutchinson (1980)
Patsy Cline (1932)
"The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius."
-Sid Caesar

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