What Happened on September 8

Historical Events

  • 1380 Battle on Kulikovo: Moscow's great monarch Dimitri beats Mongols beginning the decline of the Tatars
  • 1504 Michelangelo's statue of David is unveiled in Florence
  • 1522 Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completing 1st circumnavigation of the globe (expedition began under Ferdinand Magellan)
  • 1565 1st permanent settlement in US begun at St Augustine, Florida
  • 1664 Dutch surrender New Amsterdam (New York) to 300 English soldiers
  • 1970 Black September hijackings begin, three airliners hijacked and blown up by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • 1986 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' is first broadcast nationally
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Did You Know?

"Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV

On September 8, 1966

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)

Famous Divorces

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