39 fun facts for September, 8

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
September 8th is a day packed with significant events, such as the founding of St. Augustine, Florida, the premiere of "Star Trek," and International Literacy Day. It's also a day to honor figures like Michelangelo, Patsy Cline, and Lenny Bruce and celebrate national holidays like Our Lady of Meritxell Day in Andorra and National Actors' Day in the Philippines.
39 Fun facts
  1. On September 8, 1664, the Dutch surrendered the territory of New Amsterdam to the British, who then renamed it New York, after the Duke of York.
  2. September 8 is International Literacy Day, celebrated worldwide to raise awareness and highlight the importance of literacy for individuals, communities, and societies.
  3. In 1504, Michelangelo's iconic sculpture "David" was unveiled to the public in Florence, Italy.
  4. On September 8, 1930, the comic strip "Blondie" by Chic Young was first published.
  5. September 8, 1966, was the premiere of the popular sci-fi television series "Star Trek."
  6. In 1565, the settlement of St. Augustine, Florida, was founded, making it the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the United States.
  7. The famous French astronomer, mathematician, and inventor Jacques Cassini was born on September 8, 1677.
  8. September 8 is National Pediculosis Prevention Day in the United States, also known as National Head Lice Prevention Day, to remind parents to check their children for lice.
  9. On September 8, 1974, then US President Gerald Ford granted a full and unconditional pardon to former President Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed during his presidency.
  10. September 8, 1941, marks the beginning of the Siege of Leningrad by Axis forces during World War II.
  11. In Australia, September 8 is National Threatened Species Day, to raise awareness for the country's unique and threatened wildlife.
  12. American mathematician, physicist, and computer scientist John Warner Backus, who developed the first high-level programming language, was born on September 8, 1924.
  13. On September 8, 1883, the Northern Pacific Railway was completed, connecting the Great Lakes with the Pacific Northwest in the United States.
  14. September 8, 1939, was the day that the Winton Train, carrying 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia, arrived in London, saving them from the Holocaust.
  15. In 1960, American actor and comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested for participating in an obscenity-laced comedy performance in San Francisco, California.
  16. On September 8, 1935, US Senator Huey Long was shot in the Louisiana State Capitol; he died two days later.
  17. September 8 is Our Lady of Meritxell Day in Andorra, commemorating the patron saint of Andorra.
  18. In 1932, American actress and singer Patsy Cline was born, known for her hits like "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces."
  19. On September 8, 1914, a record-setting baseball game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers took place, with 30 hits made in total.
  20. September 8 is National Airborne Day in the United States, honoring members of the Airborne Forces and their service.
  21. On September 8, 1971, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located in Washington, D.C., officially opened.
  22. In 1903, American author and illustrator Richard Hillary Wolfe was born, known for his work in children's literature.
  23. On September 8, 1967, founding member of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, announced his departure from the band.
  24. September 8 is Physical Therapy Day, celebrated to recognize the importance of physical therapy in preventing and managing injuries, diseases, and disabilities.
  25. In 1986, the first episode of the popular children's television series "The Oprah Winfrey Show" aired.
  26. On September 8, 1956, RCA Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" became the number-one song in the United States.
  27. September 8 is National Day of the Virgin of Los Remedios in Mexico, celebrating the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary in the city of Naucalpan.
  28. In 1945, American composer, singer, and musician Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, was born.
  29. On September 8, 1943, Allied forces began their invasion of Italy during World War II.
  30. September 8 is National Actors' Day in the Philippines, honoring the country's celebrated actors and actresses.
  31. In 1945, the Soviet Union declared war on Bulgaria during World War II.
  32. On September 8, 1994, Aérospatiale SNCF-French National Railways' "Eurostar" service between London and Paris was first introduced.
  33. September 8 is Star Trek Day, in honor of the premiere of the sci-fi television series "Star Trek" on this day in 1966.
  34. In 1923, the Honda Point Disaster occurred, involving the US Navy, with seven destroyers running aground and 23 officers and sailors losing their lives.
  35. On September 8, 1930, the first US football game played at night took place between Mansfield State and Wyoming Seminary.
  36. September 8 is National Virgin Mary Day in Colombia, celebrating the birth of the Virgin Mary.
  37. In 1888, the first English Football League games were played on this day.
  38. On September 8, 1908, American journalist and author AB Guthrie Jr. was born, known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Way West."
  39. September 8 is National Day of Montenegro, celebrating independence from the Kingdom of Serbia in 1910.