On This Day

What Happened on September 8

Important Events

  • 1522 Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completing 1st circumnavigation of the globe (expedition began under Ferdinand Magellan)
  • 1565 1st permanent European settlement in the US founded at St. Augustine, Florida
  • 1664 Dutch surrender colony of New Netherlands (including New York) to 300 English soldiers
  • 1941 WWII: Siege of Leningrad by German, Finnish, and eventually Spanish troops begins; battle lasted over 28 months, as Russia repels the invasion; well over a million lives
  • 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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Sep 8 in Film & TV

Sep 8 in Music

  • 1965 Small ads in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter attract 437 young men interested in forming the world’s first manufactured boy band, "The Monkees" - 3 are chosen with Davey Jones already having been cast
  • 2001 Kylie Minogue releases her single "I Just Can't Get You Out of My Head", the biggest of her career

Sep 8 in Sport

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

"Star Trek" 1st premieres on NBC-TV starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

On September 8, 1966

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Giraffe DNA study published in "Current Biology" reveals there are 4 species not just 1, as previously assumed

On September 8, 2016

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

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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