394 Sep 8 Arbogast, French general, committed suicide.
1141 Sep 8 Battle of Samarkand: Yelutashi defeated Islams.
1303 Sep 8 Anagni: French king Philip IV captured Pope Boniface VIII.
1504 Sep 8 Michelangelo’s 13-foot marble statue of David was unveiled in Florence, Italy.
1529 Sep 8 The Ottoman Sultan Suleiman re-entered Buda and established John Zapolyai as the puppet king of Hungary.
1555 Sep 8 Thomas Villanova, Spanish saint and archbishop of Valencia, died.
1628 Sep 8 John Endecott arrived with colonists at Salem, Massachusetts, where he would become the governor.
1755 Sep 8 British forces under William Johnson and 250 Indians defeated the French and their allied Indians at the Battle of Lake George, NY.
1760 Sep 8 The French surrendered the city of Montreal to British Gen. Jeffrey Amherst.
1771 Sep 8 Mission San Gabriel Archangel formed in California.
1781 Sep 8 Gen. Nathanael Greene engaged British forces at Eutaw Springs, South Carolina and was forced to retreat
1803 Sep 8 A high pressure steam boiler, made by Richard Trevithick, exploded at a corn mill in Greenwich, England, and 3 men were killed. A worker had left a heavy wrench on the safety valve and gone fishing.
1833 Sep 8 Charles Darwin departed to Buenos Aires.
1845 Sep 8 A French column surrendered at Sidi Brahim in the Algerian War.
1847 Sep 8 The US under Gen. Scott defeated Mexicans at Battle of Molino del Rey.
1863 Sep 8 Battle of Telford’s Depot, Ten.
1863 Sep 8 Confederate Lieutenant Dick Dowling thwarted a Union naval landing at Sabine Pass, northeast of Galveston, Texas.
1868 Sep 8 The NY Athletic Club formed.
1875 Sep 8 An explosion destroyed the Newark, NJ, factory of the Celluloid Manufacturing Co. The Hyatt brothers rebuilt the factory and it turned profitable in 1877.
1883 Sep 8 The Northern Pacific Railway celebrated the completion of its east-west line with a Gold Spike at Gold Creek in central Montana. Guests included Frederick Billings, Ulysses S. Grant, and the family of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison.
1899 Sep 8 The British government sent an additional 10,000 troops to Natal South Africa.
1895 Sep 8 Adam Opel (58), German manufacturer of sewing machines and bicycles, died. In 1899 the firm acquired a car factory.
1906 Sep 8 Robert Turner invented the automatic typewriter return carriage.
1907 Sep 8 Pius X published his anti-modernism encyclical Pasceni dominici gregis.
1915 Sep 8 Germany began a new offensive in Argonne on the Western Front
1917 Sep 8 Eugene Bullard, aviator, was born in Columbus, Georgia. He emigrated to France and became the first African-American combat aviator when he flew a reconnaissance mission over the city of Metz, France. He was credited with one confirmed “kill,” a German Pfalz he shot down over Verdun.
1920 Sep 8 New York-to-San Francisco air mail service was inaugurated. US postal planes began flying across the country, but these flights took place only in daylight because pilots relied on visual landmarks to navigate.
1921 Sep 8 Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J.
1922 Sep 8 Sid Caesar, comedian and television star, best known for “Your Show of Shows,” and “The Sid Caesar Show,” was born in Yonkers, NY
1923 Sep 8 Seven of the 15 ships of Destroyer Squadron 11 were wrecked on a rocky point on the California Santa Barbara County coast. 23 sailors were killed.
1925 Sep 8 Peter Sellers, English comic actor, was born in Southsea, Hampshire, England. He became famous for his role as Inspector Clouseau.
1926 Sep 8 The League of Nations Assembly voted unanimously to admit Germany.
1927 Sep 8 A woman arrived in SF from China and claimed to be Gen. Chiang Kai-shek’s wife, who declared that he had divorced his legal wife in 1921 and freed 2 concubines this year.
1930 Sep 8 Richard Drew created Scotch tape.
1935 Sep 8 The Hoboken Four, featuring Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appeared on “Major Bowes Amateur Hour” on WOR radio.
1935 Sep 8 Carl Austin Weiss, murderer of Sen Huey Long, was shot down.
1937 Sep 8 The Pan Arab conference about Palestine opened.
1939 Sep 8 Gen. Von Reichenau’s panzer division reached the suburbs of Warsaw.
1941 Sep 8 The entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania, was exterminated.
1943 Sep 8 Italy surrendered to the Allies in WW II.
1944 Sep 8 Germany’s V-2 offensive against England began. The 1st V-2 rockets landed in London & Antwerp.
1945 Sep 8 Jose Feliciano, blind singer, was born in Lares, Puerto Rico.
1945 Sep 8 Hideki Tojo, Japanese PM during most of WW II, failed in his attempted suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal attempt. He was later hanged.
1946 Sep 8 In San Francisco four boys playing near the Paramount Theater found a package containing body parts of Ramon Lopez (52), a flower dealer from San Leandro. Police found 14 pairs of nylons at his room in the Mint Hotel. His skull was found 18 years later at Hunters Point.
1947 Sep 8 Ann Beattie, writer, was born. Her work included “Chilly Scenes of Winter” and “Picturing Will.”
1949 Sep 8 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also Sprach Zarathustra), died at 85.
1951 Sep 8 Jurgen Stroop, Nazi exterminator of Warsaw Ghetto, was hanged on site of the ghetto.
1952 Sep 8 The Ernest Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” was published. Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for the work in 1953.
1955 Sep 8 The Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League pennant, the earliest a team had achieved this.
1956 Sep 8 Harry Belafonte’s album “Calypso,” went to #1 and stayed #1 for 31 weeks.
1957 Sep 8 Pope Pius XII posted his encyclical On motion pictures, radio, TV.
1961 Sep 8 Frank Rosenthal (1929-2008), friend of Chicago mobsters, appeared before a Senate hearing on gambling and organized crime. He invoked the Fifth Amendment 38 times.
1965 Sep 8 Dorothy Danridge, actress (Island in the Sun), died at 41 in Hollywood.
1966 Sep 8 The television series “Star Trek” premiered on NBC with the episode “The Man Trap”.
1972 Sep 8 The Int’l. Olympic Committee banned Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett from further competition for talking to each other on the victory stand in Munich during the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” after winning the gold and silver medals in the 400-meter run.
1973 Sep 8 The first Whitbread Round the World Race for yachts began at Portsmouth, England.
1974 Sep 8 In Italy Renato Curcio and another Red Brigades leader were arrested.
1975 Sep 8 Boston’s public schools began their court-ordered citywide busing program amid scattered incidents of violence.
1976 Sep 8 Joaquin Zamacois Soler (b.1894), Spanish composer, died.
1977 Sep 8 Zero Mostel (b.1915), Brooklyn-born stage and film comedian, died of a heart attack.
1978 Sep 8 The Shah’s troops opened fire on protesters in Tehran, killing several hundred demonstrators.
1979 Sep 8 Jean Seberg (b.1939), actress (Breathless, Airport), committed suicide at 40.
1981 Sep 8 Civil rights activist Roy Wilkins (80), former head of the NAACP, died in NYC.
1985 Sep 8 Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds tied Ty Cobb’s career record for hits with a single for No. 4,191 during a game against the Cubs in Chicago.
1986 Sep 8 Oprah Winfrey began her syndicated TV talk show.
1988 Sep 8 A. Bartlett Giamatti, the National League president, was named to succeed Peter Ueberroth as baseball’s 7th commissioner.
1989 Sep 8 Former President Reagan underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to relieve fluid build-up on his brain after a horse-riding accident.
1992 Sep 8 President Bush asked Congress to provide more than $7.6 billion to help Hurricane Andrew recovery efforts.
1993 Sep 8 German tourist Uwe-Wilhelm Rakebrand was killed by a woman firing from a van as he and his wife drove away from the Miami airport. The gunwoman and an accomplice received life prison sentences; the van’s driver received 87 years.
1995 Sep 8 Bosnia’s warring sides reached a compromise in Geneva, agreeing to divide the nation into two states: one for the rebel Serbs and another for the Muslims and Croats.
1997 Sep 8 The TV series “Ally McBeal” starred Calista Flockhart as a working girl who was part successful attorney and part angst-ridden woman. The show continued to 2002.
1998 Sep 8 Mark McGwire his 62nd home run off Chicago Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel in St. Louis and broke the 1961 record set by Roger Maris.
1999 Sep 8 Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley officially kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination with a rally in his hometown of Crystal City, Missouri.
2000 Sep 8 The US Bureau of Indian Affairs marked its 175th birthday and Kevin Grover, head of the bureau, offered a formal apology to American Indians for the misdeeds of the agency that included massacres, forced relocations of tribes and attempts to wipe out Indian cultures.
2001 Sep 8 Venus Williams won her second consecutive U.S. Open title by beating her sister Serena 6-2, 6-4 in the first prime-time women’s Grand Slam final.
2002 Sep 8 Pete Sampras beat Andre Agassi (news) 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to win his 14th Grand Slam title and the U.S. Open for the fifth time.
2003 Sep 8 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the music industry’s largest trade group, filed 261 copyright lawsuits across the country against Internet users for trading songs online.
2004 Sep 8 Delta Air Lines said it will cut up to 7,000 jobs, reduce wages and pull back at its Dallas-Fort Worth airport hub as part of a sweeping restructuring plan that could still leave it vulnerable to bankruptcy.
2005 Sep 8 A German military plane carrying 15 tons of military rations for survivors of Hurricane Katrina was sent back by US authorities because it did not have the required authorization.
2006 Sep 8 The Bush administration said it has blocked access to the US financial system by Iran’s Bank Saderat. The bank was alleged to have helped transfer hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorist organizations including Hezbollah and Hamas.
2007 Sep 8 In SF “The Singularity Summit: AI and the Future of Humanity” opened at the Palace of Fine Arts. The singularity term was used to describe the day when machines become smart enough to reprogram themselves. Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, was the principal backer.
2008 Sep 8 The US stock of Lehman Brothers, led by Dick Fuld, began to get pummeled. By Sep 10 shares were down by almost half their value.
2009 Sep 8 Pres. Obama made a speech aired on C-SPAN, addressed to school children encouraging them to study hard and stay in school.
2010 Sep 8 The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy said he was determined to go through with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, despite pressure from the White House, religious leaders and others to call it off.
2011 Sep 8 President Barack Obama unveiled a larger-than-expected $450 billion plan to boost jobs and put cash in the pockets of dispirited Americans, urging Republican skeptics to embrace an approach heavy on the tax cuts they traditionally love.
2012 Sep 8 In Oklahoma fierce overnight thunderstorms carried a mobile home into a creek killing 3 people. A truck driver was killed when wind flipped his semi onto a concrete barrier.
2013 Sep 8 In the SF Bay Area a wildfire near Mount Diable State Park burned over 800 acres.
2014 Sep 8 Torrential rains drenched much of the US Southwest, prompting flash-flood warnings across four states and taking the lives of two women washed away in separate incidents in Arizona.

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