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Andorra: National Day
(Observed annually on September 8 to commemorate Virgin of Meritxell, Patron Saint of Andorra.)
Andorra Andorra Welcome
Federated States of Micronesia: Kosrae Liberation Day)
(Commemoration of the 1945 liberation of the island of Kosrae from Japanese)
Federated States of Micronesia World War II Association of Pacific Island Legislatures
Lithuania: Crowning of Vytautas the Great
(Observed to commemorate the scheduled crowning of Vytautas the Great as King in 1430)
Lithuania Vilnius City Municipality
Macedonia: Independence Day
(Observed annually on September 8 to commemorate 1991 referendum vote for independence)
Macedonia Voting U.S. Department of State
1157 Richard I (Richard the Lionhearted, King of England) England Richard I
1889 Robert A. Taft (Ohio-born American Political Leader) Ohio Political Leaders U.S. Congress
1900 Claude Pepper (Alabama-born Florida U.S. Congressman) Claude Pepper Florida Political Leaders U.S. Congress Florida State Historical Association
1922 Samuel Pierce Jr. (New York-born African-American Statesman) Samuel Pierce Jr. President Ronald Reagan U.S. Government Notable African Americans
1938 Sam Nunn (Georgia-born U.S. Senator) Sam Nunn U.S. Congress University of Georgia
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1862 Ignacio Zaragoza (Mexican General) Mexico
1981 Roy Wilkins (Missouri-born African-American Civil Rights Leader) Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Famous African Americans
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1504 Michelangelo's David First Displayed in Florence, Italy's Piazza della Signoria Michelangelo Michelangelo's David Forbes
1565 Spanish Admiral Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles Founds St. Augustine, Florida Spain St. Augustine, Florida OldCity.com
1664 Dutch Surrender New Amsterdam to the British, Who Rename It New York Great Britain Netherlands New York City Writer's Alamanc
1797 Father Ferměn Francisco de Lasučn Founds Mission San Fernando Rey de Espańa Los Angeles California Missions Catholic Church CaliforniaMissions.com
1944 First German V-2 Rocket Hits London Destroying Homes & Killing 3, Injuring 10 England NAZI Germany World War II Death Channel 4
1925 African-American Dr. Ossian Sweet Moves His Family into All-White Detroit Housing Detroit Racism African American History University of Missouri at Kansas City
1935 Assassin's Gunshot Mortally Wounds Senator Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish" Huey Long U.S. Congress History Channel
1943 Eisenhower Publicly Announces Italy's Surrender to the Allies Italy President Dwight Eisenhower World War II History Channel
1945 U.S. Troops Arrive in Korea to Partition the Country Korean War History Channel
1951 48 Nations Sign Peace Pact with Japan Ending World War II Japan World War II Yale University Avalon Project
1954 Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) Is Established President Dwight Eisenhower Vietnam War Cold War History Channel
1960 President Eisenhower Dedicates NASA's Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, AL Alabama President Eisenhower NASA Alabama Department of Archives & History
1974 President Ford Pardons Former President Richard Nixon of Watergate Crimes Richard Nixon Gerald Ford Watergate Law & Legal Resources C-SPAN
1991 Macedonians Use Referendum to Vote for a Sovereign and Independent Republic Macedonia Voting CIA
1994 Last Russian Soldiers Leave Berlin Russia Germany Soviet Union The Cold War German History Museum Berlin
2000 U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Apologizes for ''Legacy of Racism and Inhumanity'' U.S. Government Native American History Racism AKHA Heritage Foundation

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