Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Today in History: Tuesday, September 08, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On Sept. 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Richard M. Nixon.
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1565A Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Fla.
1664The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.
1900Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.
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1921Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J.
1935Sen. Huey P. Long, the "Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, was shot at the state capital building in Baton Rouge; he died two days later. 
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1941A 900-day siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II.
1966The TV series "Star Trek" premiered on NBC.
1998Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals broke Roger Maris' record for home runs in a single season, hitting No. 62 off Chicago Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel.
2002Pete Sampras won a record 14th grand slam tennis title at the U.S. Open in New York. (The record has since been broken by Roger Federer.)
2006A Senate report faulted intelligence gathering in the lead-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet ("Dancing with the Stars") turns 44 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Sam NunnFormer U.S. senator, D-Ga.77
Bernard SandersU.S. senator, I-Vt.73
Aimee MannRock singer55
Latrell SprewellBasketball player45
David ArquetteActor44
Martin FreemanActor ("The Office")44
Nathan CorddryActor38
Jonathan Taylor ThomasActor ("Home Improvement")34
Rock singer Pink turns 36 years old today.
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