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Notable Historical Events for September 8th

1973Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)

1986'The Oprah Winfrey Show' is first broadcast nationally.

1999"American Beauty", starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles

1994MTV awards feature newlyweds Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley

197494th US Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Ken Rosewall (61 60 61)

2013Serena Williams wins her fifth Women's Singles US Open title

19692nd US Tennis Open: Rod Laver wins, completing his 2nd grand slam. The men's singles final also featured the smallest recorded session of 3,708 due to rain.

1522Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completing 1st circumnavigation of the globe (expedition began under Ferdinand Magellan)

1919Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 HR mark of 25

1989George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

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Notable Birthdays on September 8th

1979Pink [Alecia Beth Moore], Abington Township Pennsylvania, singer (Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill)

1987Alexandre Bilodeau, Montreal Quebec, Canadian freestyle skier (Gold in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics)

1830Frederic Mistral, Maillane, France, Provencal poet (Nobel 1904), (d. 1914)

1157Richard I, [Richard the Lion Hearted], King of England (1189-99)

1932Patsy Cline, Winchester Va, country singer (Crazy)

1925Peter Sellers, England, actor and goon (Kato, Bobo, Pink Panther), (d. 1980)

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Notable Weddings on September 8th

1953Actress Lana Turner (32) weds "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34)

1897Confederate General James Longstreet (76) weds Helen Dortch (34) at the governor's mansion in Atlanta, Georgia

1973Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada

2010Grammy nominated singer Jenni Rivera (41) weds MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza (38) at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California

1987NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (24) weds girlfriend Jackie Mitchell

1864Business magnate John D. Rockefeller (25) weds abolitionist Laura Spelman (24)

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Notable Deaths on September 8th

1980Willard Libby, American chemist (radiocarbon dating), dies of pneumonia at 71

2003Leni Riefenstahl, German film director (b. 1902)

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