On September 8th

September 8 is the 251st day of the year in a standard year and marks the founding of the oldest city in the continental United States, as well as the creation of Scotch tape and the day the United States moved past one of the greatest constitutional crises in its history.

Famous Events

1565 – First American City

St. Augustine is founded by Spanish settlers in the New World in what becomes modern-day Florida. St. Augustine is the longest inhabited city in the continental United States.

1888 – English Football League

The Football League begins in England with the first of six matches played between the largest clubs in England. Relegation would come 10 years later, and the First Division would be the top league in England until 1992, when the Premier League was established.

1930 – Scotch Tape

In the 1920s and 1930s, Scotch was used as slang to describe someone as cheap or stingy. When Richard Drew invented this clear tape, workers at 3M allegedly accused bosses of being Scotch with the tape — and the name stuck.

1945 – The Division of Korea

With the end of World War II, the world turned its eyes to the Hermit Kingdom of Korea and its conflict. The United States and Soviet Union chose sides in the Korean War and divided the nation into North and South, and as of 2019, the two nations never signed a peace treaty, leaving them locked in a frozen war.

1966 – Beam Me Up

The popular science fiction show Star Trek makes its first appearance on the air, introducing the world to Captain James Kirk. “Beam me up, Scotty” enters pop culture, although Kirk never actually says the phrase verbatim on the show.

Citing a need for the United States to move on from Watergate, president Gerald Ford grants former president Richard Nixon a full pardon for his alleged crimes against the United States. The move helps the nation move forward, but ultimately costs Ford his chance for re-election in 1976 against Jimmy Carter.

1974 – The Pardon of Nixon

1991 – Macedonian Independence

The fall of Communism across eastern Europe results in the start of the breakup of Yugoslavia, and the Republic of Macedonia declares its independence from the amalgamated country. Because of a dispute with Greece, the country changes its name to North Macedonia in 2019.

What Holidays Are Celebrated?

In addition to Macedonian independence, the day is also a day of celebration for Pakistan, as Sept. 8 commemorates the first successful use of the Pakistani navy, against India, and is celebrated as Victory Day. In the United States, it’s known as National Date Nut Bread Day.

Famous Births

1941 – Bernie Sanders

The famously independent senator from Vermont won election in 2006, taking a seat Republicans had held since 1862. He unsuccessfully ran for president as a Democrat in 2016 and chose to again run in 2020.

1972 – Kennedy

Born Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, Kennedy gained fame as both a talk show and game show host, hosting the grunge-based music show Alternative Nation.

1979 – Pink

Born Alecia Moore, Pink was named the Pop Song Artist of the 2000s in 2009 and has sold 90 million albums worldwide.

Famous Deaths

1970 – Percy Spencer

Spencer was the creator of the microwave oven, which he patented in 1945.

1978 – Zero Mostel

The actor and comedian won three Tony Awards, playing comedic characters such as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.

2014 – S. Truett Cathy

Cathy was the founder and longtime head of Chick-fil-A, the popular chicken sandwich restaurant that has famously refused to open on Sundays.