Events - September 8
1866 - James and Jennie Bushnell became the proud parents of sextuplets in Chicago, IL. Three boys and three girls were born. Though two babies died, the surviving four lived long lives. This was the first recorded birth of sextuplets.
1892 - "The Pledge of Allegiance" to the United States of America was written by a former Baptist preacher, Francis Bellamy. It only took Mr. Bellamy three hours to write the original 23 words in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering America.
1900 - Galveston, Texas was struck by the worst hurricane (and deadliest natural disaster) in American history. 23 foot waves fronting winds up to 135 mph took 6,000 lives. The storm battered Galveston for 18 hours. When the city, on an island connected to the mainland by a 2-mile long causeway, was rebuilt, it was raised 15 feet above its previous level; and a new sea wall was built six feet higher than the previous high-water mark.
1935 - The Hoboken Four, featuring Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appeared on "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" on WOR radio. The group won the competition held at the Capitol Theatre in New York City.
1941 - Harry James and his orchestra recorded "Miserlou" for Columbia records.
1943 - New York Giants player Ace Adams pitched his 62nd game, and set a major-league baseball record for number of games worked by a pitcher in a single season.
1944 - Ed Wynn resumed his radio career after seven years off the air. Wynn starred in "Happy Island" on the NBC Blue network.
1945 - A bus equipped with a two-way radio was put into service for the first time -- in Washington, DC.
1950 - Sandy Sadler grabbed the world featherweight boxing title from Willie Pep by a knockout. Peps shoulder was dislocated while he was in a clinch with Sadler. Yeeeeeeowwwwccccchhh! That was probably more of a passout than a knockout.
1955 - The Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League pennant this day -- the earliest a team had done so.
1958 - Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates tied a major-league baseball record by hitting three triples. Clemente led the Bucs to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
1965 - Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City Athletics played all nine positions as the Athletics lost to the California Angels, 5-3 in 13 innings. He gave up one run while playing the role of pitcher. That’s what we call a one-man team!
1966 - NBC-TV headed into “Space: the final frontier” on this day. The first episode of "Star Trek", titled, "The Man Trap", was seen on the network. Although "Star Trek" has become a cult phenomenon, with Trekkie (or the member preferred title, Trekker) conventions held annually, the NBC series did not do well. It was regularly beaten in its time slot, and it placed #52 among all series in 1966-1967, its best season. NBC canceled the show on September 2, 1969.
1973 - Home run number 709 went into the record books for Hank Aaron. The Atlanta slugger established a major-league baseball record for the most home runs hit in one league. Aaron eclipsed Babe Ruth’s record of 714 homers in 1974.
1986 - Herschel Walker made his start in the National Football League. He led the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-28 win over the New York Giants. Walker had played in the USFL for the New Jersey Generals.
1990 - Jon Bon Jovi’s "Blaze of Glory" hit number one on "Billboard" magazine’s "Hot 100" singles list. The song, from the album of the same name, was the theme song from the movie "Young Guns II" and earned Jon Bon Jovi an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.
1994 - USAir flight 427 crashed as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport. All 132 people on board the Boeing 737 were killed. In March of 1999, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that rudder malfunction was the most likely cause of the crash.
1997 - America Online acquired CompuServe, the oldest U.S. on-line computer service. The billion-dollar deal also saw AOL involved with WorldCom, a telephone company with hundreds of miles of high-capacity line. Under the deal, WorldCom kept CompuServe’s global data network and agreed to provide network services to AOL. The deal gave AOL much-needed cash to develop new online content and expand its base of 9 million subscribers.
1998 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 62nd home run of the season. It broke NY Yankee Roger Maris’ all-time major-league home-run record set in 1961. McGwire went on to set a season record of 70 homers.
Birthdays - September 8
1157 - Richard the Lionheart (Coeur de Lion: Richard I: King of England [1189-1199]; died Apr 6, 1199)
1841 - Antonin Dvorak (composer: Slavonic Dances, Fifth Symphony, The Water Nymph, Carnival, Gypsy Melodies; died May 1, 1904)
1897 - Jimmie (James Charles) Rodgers (‘The Blue Yodeler’: Country Music Hall of Famer: ‘T’ for Texas, Brakeman’s Blues, Blue Yodel, Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues; 1st country singer to be in a film: Singing Brakeman; member: Country Music Hall of Fame; died May 26, 1933)
1900 - Claude (Denson) Pepper (U.S. Senator from Florida [1936-1950]; member of Congress for fourteen terms; champion of social welfare for the elderly; died May 30, 1989)
1914 - Hillary Brooke (Beatrice Peterson) (actress: The Admiral was a Lady, Confidence Girl; died May 25, 1999)
1915 - Duffy (Hugh) Daugherty (College Football Hall of Famer: player, coach: Syracuse University; coach: Michigan State: won two Big Ten championships; died Sep 25, 1987)
1922 - Sid Caesar (Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian: Your Show of Shows , Caesar’s Hour ; Sid Caesar Invites You, Admiral Broadway Revue; died Feb 12, 2014)
1925 - Peter (Richard Henry) Sellers (comedian, actor: The Pink Panther series, What’s New Pussycat, The Mouse that Roared, The World of Henry Orient, Casino Royale, Dr. Strangelove, Being There; died July 24, 1980)
1932 - Patsy Cline (Virginia Petterson Hensley) (Country Music Hall of Famer: Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Walkin’ After Midnight, She’s Got You, Heartaches, Sweet Dreams (Of You), Faded Love; killed in plane crash Mar 5, 1963)
1936 - Virna Lisi (Pieralisi) (actress: Assault on a Queen, Bluebeard, Christopher Columbus, Le Serpent [Night Flight from Moscow], Casanova, The Secret of Santa Vittoria; died Dec 18, 2014)
1938 - Sam Nunn (U.S. Senator from Georgia [1972-1997]: Chairperson of Senate Armed Forces Committee)
1941 - Christopher Connelly (actor: The Messenger, Mines of Kilimanjaro, Benji, The Martian Chronicles: Part 3; died Dec 7, 1988)
1941 - Dante Drowty (singer: group: Dante and The Evergreens: Alley-Oop)
1941 - Alan Feinstein (actor: The Runaways, Jigsaw John, The Family Tree, Berrenger’s, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night, Love of Life)
1942 - Brian Cole (musician: bass, singer: group: The Association: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Windy, Never My Love, Everything That Touches You, Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies; died Aug 2, 1972)
1945 - Lem Barney (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Detroit Lions cornerback: NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year ; played in 10 Pro Bowls)
1945 - ‘Rogie’ Rogatien Vachon (hockey: NHL: Houston Apollos, Montreal Canadiens, LA Kings, Boston Bruins)
1946 - Ken (Kenneth Roth) Forsch (baseball: pitcher: Houston Astros [all-star: 1976], California Angels [all-star: 1981])
1946 - L.C. Greenwood (football: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end: Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV)
1957 - Heather Thomas (actress: Hidden Obsession, Red Blooded American Girl, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission, Cyclone, Zapped!, The Fall Guy, The Ultimate Challenge, Co-Ed Fever)
1958 - Michael Lardie (musician: group: Great White)
1960 - David Steele (musician: keyboards, bass: group: Fine Young Cannibals, The Beat: Stand Down Margaret, Wha’appen, Can’t Get Used to Losing You)
1962 - Scott Levy (pro wrestler/actor: WCW Saturday Night, WWF Monday Night RAW, Wrestlemania X, WCW Thunder, WWF Smackdown!, Armageddon, WWF No Way Out)
1971 - David Arquette (actor: The Outsiders, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Webbers, Dead Man’s Walk, Dream with the Fishes, Scream 2, WCW Monday Nitro, WCW Thunder, Scream 3, 3000 Miles to Graceland)
1981 - Jonathan Taylor Thomas (actor: The Adventures of Pinocchio, Tom and Huck, Man of the House, Home Improvement, Itsy Bitsy Spider cartoon)
Chart Toppers - September 8
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Play a Simple Melody - Bing Crosby
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
Goodnight Irene - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb
Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
Little Star - The Elegants
Patricia - Perez Prado
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
See You in September - The Happenings
You Can’t Hurry Love - The Supremes
Almost Persuaded - David Houston
(You’re) Having My Baby - Paul Anka
I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
Tell Me Something Good - Rufus
Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends - Ronnie Milsap
Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band
Hard to Say I’m Sorry - Chicago
Hold Me - Fleetwood Mac
Love Will Turn You Around - Kenny Rogers
Blaze of Glory - Jon Bon Jovi
Release Me - Wilson Phillips
Do Me! - Bell Biv DeVoe
Jukebox in My Mind - Alabama
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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