Today in history
Today in history
Today is Wednesday, September 8, the 251st day of 2021. There are 114 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On September 8, 1565, a Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Florida.
To this date :
In 1504, Michelangelo’s imposing marble statue of David was unveiled to the public in Florence, Italy.
In 1664, the Dutch ceded New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.
In 1761, the King of England George III married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz a few hours after meeting her for the first time.
In 1892 a first version of “The Pledge of Allegiance”, written by Francis Bellamy, appeared in “The Youth’s Companion”. He said: “I swear allegiance to my flag and to the Republic it represents, a nation, indivisible, with freedom and justice for all.
In 1900, Galveston, Texas was hit by a hurricane that killed approximately 8,000 people.
In 1935, Senator Huey P. Long, a Democrat from Louisiana, was shot and fatally injured inside the Louisiana State Capitol; he died two days later. (The assailant was identified as Dr. Carl Weiss, who was shot and killed by Long’s bodyguards.)
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a “limited national emergency” in response to the outbreak of war in Europe.
In 1941, the 900-day siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II.
In 1943, during World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the surrender of Italy; Nazi Germany denounced Italy’s decision as a cowardly act.
In 1964, public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia reopened after being closed for five years by officials trying to prevent court-ordered racial desegregation.
In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted former President Richard Nixon a “complete, free and absolute pardon” for his entire term.
In 2019, Rafael Nadal resisted a strong comeback attempt to win his 19th Grand Slam title in a five-set US Open final against Daniil Medvedev.
Ten Years Ago: Addressing a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama challenged a reluctant Congress to urgently adopt a larger-than-expected $ 450 billion jobs plan to “shake up a stalled economy ”. Ten oil workers were forced to abandon a paralyzed 94-foot research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico and cram into a life raft during Tropical Storm Nate; by the time rescuers arrived three days later, three of the men had died and a fourth later died in a hospital.
Five years ago: California and federal regulators fined Wells Fargo a combined $ 185 million, alleging bank employees illegally opened millions of unauthorized accounts for their clients in order to achieve goals ambitious sales. U.S. aviation safety officials have taken the extraordinary step of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new model of Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, during flights following numerous reports of fire machines. Greta Zimmer Friedman, identified as the woman in an iconic photo seen kissing an ecstatic sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II, has died in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 92.
A year ago: The hamlet of Berry Creek at the foot of the northern California foothills was largely destroyed in what would be the deadliest of the wildfires that ravage much of the state; it killed 16 people. More than a dozen California firefighters attempting to protect a fire station in rugged mountains were engulfed in flames; several were injured while deploying emergency shelters. Students across the country have encountered computer glitches as they begin the school year with online home education due to the coronavirus. The British government has banned gatherings of more than six people in England as authorities try to control new daily coronavirus infections.
Today’s Birthdays: Ventriloquist Willie Tyler is 81. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Is 80 years old. Actor Alan Feinstein is 80 years old. Pop singer Sal Valentino (The Beau Brummels) is 79 years old. Author Ann Beattie is 74 years old. Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis is 71 years old. Cajun singer Zachary Richard (ree-SHARD ‘) is 71 years old. Musician Will Lee is 69 years old. Actress Heather Thomas is 64 years old. Singer Aimee Mann is 61 years old. Pop musician David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals) is 61 years old. Actor Thomas Kretschmann is 59 years old. Gospel singer Darlene Zschech (chehk) is 56 years old. Alternative country singer Neko (NEE’-koh) Case is 51 years old. TV personality Brooke Burke is 50 years old. Actor Martin Freeman is 50 years old. Actor David Arquette is 50 years old. Kennedy is 49 years old. Rock musician Richard Hughes (Keane) is 46 years old. Actor Larenz Tate is 46 years old. Actor Nathan Corddry is 44 years old. The R&B singer Pink is 42 years old. Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson is 41 years old. Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 40 years old. Rapper Wiz Khalifa is 34 years old. Actor Gaten Matarazzo (TV: ‘Stranger Things’) is 19 years old.