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1504 - Michelangelo's David is unveiled in Florence.
1565 - Pedro Menéndez de Avilés settles St. Augustine, Florida.
1900 - Galveston Hurricane of 1900: a powerful hurricane hits Galveston, Texas killing about 8,000 people.
1930 - 3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape.
1935 - US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long, nicknamed "Kingfish," is fatally shot in the Louisiana capitol building.
1951 - Treaty of San Francisco: In San Francisco, California, 48 nations sign a peace treaty with Japan in formal recognition of the end of the Pacific War.
1966 - "The Man Trap", the first episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek airs
1971 - In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated
1974 - Watergate Scandal: US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while in office.
1974 - Evel Knievel's attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, fails after a parachute prematurely deploys on his "sky cycle."
1986 - The first Oprah Winfrey Show airs.
1998 - At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris' 1961 record of 61 home runs hit in a single season.
Others who share this birthday...
1157 - King Richard I of England (Richard the Lion Hearted)
1841 - Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer
1897 - Jimmie Rodgers, American singer and composer
1922 - Sid Caesar, American comedian
1922 - Lyndon LaRouche, American politician
1924 - Grace Metalious, American novelist
1925 - Peter Sellers, English actor
1932 - Patsy Cline, American singer
1937 - Sam Nunn, American politician
1941 - Bernie Sanders, American politician
1954 - Mark Foley, American politician
1957 - Heather Thomas, American actress
1960 - Aimee Mann, American musician
1971 - David Arquette, American actor
1981 - Jonathan Taylor Thomas, American actor
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin is kept on September 8.