Daily Calendar for Friday, September 8, 2023


  • King Richard I of England (the Lion-Hearted) –
  • Antonin Dvorak (composer) –
  • Siegfried Sassoon (poet) –
  • Euell Gibbons (author) –
  • Sid Caesar (comedian & actor) –
  • Peter Sellers (actor) –
  • Patsy Cline (country music singer) –
  • Martin Freeman (actor) –
  • Henry Thomas (actor) –
  • David Arquette (actor) –
  • Pink (singer) –
  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas (actor) –


  • Ann Lee (Shaker leader) –
  • Richard Strauss (composer) –
  • Dorothy Dandridge (actress) –
  • Roy Wilkins (civil rights leader) –
  • Rich Cronin (singer) –


  • Michelangelo’s David statue was unveiled in Florence, Italy–
  • The first permanent settlement in what is now the United States was established at St. Augustine, Florida, by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles–
  • Don Pedro MenΓ©ndez de AvilΓ©s founded what became St. Augustine, Florida–
  • The steamer Lady Elgin collided with the schooner Augusta on Lake Michigan–
  • The eastern and western lines of the Northern Pacific Railway were joined in Gold Creek, Montana–
  • Francis Bellamy’s Pledge of Allegiance first published, in The Youth’s Companion–
  • Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., became the first Miss America–
  • Cruise ship S.S. Morro Castle burned near Asbury Park, New Jersey–
  • Percy Saltzman became the first meteorologist to appear on Canadian television. Known for his entertaining presentations, Percy wrote vigorously on a chalkboard map while reporting on air and ended each broadcast by tossing and catching his chalk.–
  • Original Star Trek series debuted on television–
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts made its public debut, Washington, D.C.–
  • Stunt motorcyclist Evel Knievel made a failed attempt to jump the Snake River canyon in Idaho. He was propelled by a red, white and blue rocket-powered motorcycle, designed by rocket scientist Robert Truax.–
  • The Genesis return capsule, which had collected solar wind atoms in fragile disks, crashed in the desert after its parachutes failed to deploy–
  • A rare black rhino was born in Pittsburgh Zoo, Pennsylvania–


  • The deadliest hurricane in U.S. history, with a 15-foot storm surge, inundated the city of Galveston, Texas, killing an estimated 8,000 people–
  • A hurricane hit Key West and later struck Texas: 284 dead and $20 million in damages–
  • Roanoke, Virginia, reported a low temperature of 42 degrees F–

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