Today in History - September 8th

  • 1565 – A Spanish expedition establishes the 1st permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Florida
  • 1664 – The Dutch surrender New Amsterdam to the British, who rename it New York
  • 1900 – Galveston, Texas is struck by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people
  • 1921 – Margaret Gorman of Washington D.C. is crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J.
  • 1930 – The comic strip “Blondie” is created by Chic Young
  • 1941 – A 900-day siege of Leningrad by German forces begins during WWII
  • 1952 – “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway is published
  • 1966 – The TV series “Star Trek” premiers on NBC
  • 1975 – Boston’s public schools begin a court-ordered citywide busing program amid scattered incidents of violence
  • 2003 – The Recording Industry Association of America files 261 copyright lawsuits against Internet users for trading songs online
  • 2004 – "60 Minutes Wednesday" airs a report questioning President George W. Bush's National Guard service. CBS News later apologized for a "mistake in judgment" after memos featured in the report were challenged as forgeries
  • 2006 - A Senate report faults intelligence gathering in the lead-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and said Saddam Hussein regarded al-Qaida as a threat rather than a possible ally, contradicting assertions President George W. Bush had used to build support for the war.

Famous and Historical Birthdays - Say Happy Birthday to . . .

  • Latrell Sprewell (Basketball Player)
  • David Arquette (Actor)
  • Martin Freeman (Actor)
  • Richard Hughes (Musician)
  • Amani Toomer (Football Player)
  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Actor)