On This Day

Historical Events on September 8 (Part 2)

Film Premier

1999 "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2000)

US Open Women's Tennis

2001 US Open Women's Tennis: Venus Williams successfully defends title; beats younger sister Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4

Music Single

2001 Kylie Minogue releases her single "I Just Can't Get You Out of My Head", the biggest of her career

  • 2002 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game
  • 2002 Texas Rangers set a major league record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to the Tampa Bay

US Men's Tennis Open

2002 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins 14th and final Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

  • 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.
  • 2007 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3; Henin wins event without losing a set
  • 2008 Latvia joins its northern neighbor Estonia in recession as GDP falls 0.2% in the second quarter from the first quarter, when it fell 0.3%; property markets and construction have suffered in both Baltic states

US Men's Tennis Open

2008 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Scotsman Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 for his 5th consecutive US title

Television Premiere

2008 TV news show "The Rachel Maddow Show" hosted by Rachel Maddow" and based on her radio show premieres on MSNBC

  • 2010 Egypt's Minister of Finance, Dr. Youssef Butros Ghali, states that Egypt is emerging from the recession as indicated by increased total revenue from sales taxes and customs revenues
  • 2011 Fashion designer John Galliano is found guilty of anti-semitic remarks in a Paris court and fined €6,000
  • 2012 6 people are killed by a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2012 8 people are killed after a tractor is hit by a train in Romania
  • 2013 11 people are killed and 18 are injured after a gunfire attack in Guatemala City
  • 2013 11 people are killed after a minibus collides with a train in Lasi, Romania
  • 2013 6 people are killed and 9 are injured after a minibus collides with a car in Jakarta, Indonesia

US Open Women's Tennis

2013 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7, 6-1

  • 2014 US Open Men's Tennis: Marin Čilić of Croatia wins his maiden grand slam title; beats Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Historic Event

2014 Haider al-Abadi becomes the 75th Prime Minister of Iraq

Film & TV History

2015 Comedian Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of CBS's "The Late Show"

Historic Event

2015 Pope Francis announces moves to streamline the annulment process within the Catholic Church

  • 2016 Giraffe DNA study published in "Current Biology" reveals there are 4 species not just 1, as previously assumed
  • 2016 NASA launches Osiris-Rex probe to retrieve a rock sample from the 500m-wide Bennu asteroid

Music History

2016 Billy Corgan announces a new solo album, recorded with producer Rick Rubin, via a Facebook live video

US Open Women's Tennis

2018 US Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka first Japanese female to win a Grand Slam singles final; beats Serena Williams in controversial match 6-2, 6-4

  • 2018 Egypt sentences over 700 people, including 75 death sentences for 2013 pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya square
  • 2018 Archaeologists uncover more than 300 gold coins from late imperial period from theatre in Como, Italy
  • 2018 75th Venice International Film Festival: a Netflix film wins the Golden Lion for the first time with "Roma"
  • 2019 Typhoon Faxai makes landfall near Tokyo, Japan, with winds of up to 210km/h (130mph)
  • 2019 Estimated 1 million attend a mass held by Pope Francis near Antananarivo, Madagascar

US Men's Tennis Open

2019 US Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal defeats Daniil Medvedev of Russia 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to win his 19th Grand Slam singles title, and 4th US crown

  • 2019 Cargo ship Golden Ray catches fire and capsizes in St Simons Sound, off coast of Georgia, trapping four crew inside
  • 2019 Brazil's Supreme Court rules Marvel comic depicting two men kissing can be sold after mayor of Rio de Janeiro attempted to ban it
  • 2020 Two ex-Myanmar soldiers testify they were ordered to rape and kill Muslim Rohingya villagers, 1st public confession of army-directed crimes against Rohingya [1]
  • 2020 Moria refugee camp, Europe's biggest migrant camp burns down on the Greek island of Lesbos, leaving 13,000 without shelter

Historic Event

2021 US Biden administration releases blueprint calling for 44% of American electricity to come from the sun by 2050 (currently 3%) [1]

  • 2021 Forty-one prisoners die in a fire at Tangerang prison, near Jakarta, Indonesia

Historic Event

2021 Large statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee removed from plinth on Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

  • 2021 Wildfire in Spanish Sierra Bermeja mountains in Andalucía erupts forcing evacuation of 2,600 people