Today in history, September 8

Today in history, September 8

Each of the events below occurred on the same day of the month, September 8.

1504: Michelangelo's David is unveiled at the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence, Italy.

1921: Margaret Gorman, a 16-year old, wins the Golden Mermaid trophy at a pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Officials later dub her the first Miss America.

1932: Singer-songwriter and pianist Patsy Cline is born in Winchester, Virginia.

1935: U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana is shot and mortally wounded by Dr. Carl Weiss at the Capitol building in Baton Rouge. Long dies two days later.

1945: U.S. forces arrive to partition the southern part of Korea in response to Russian troops occupying the northern part a month earlier.

1974: President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while in office.

2006: Legendary football coach Erk Russell, 80, suffers a fatal stroke while driving in Statesboro, Georgia.

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