On This Day In History, 8 September


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World Events Today

  • During World War II, London was hit by its first V-2 today in 1944, it was the world’s first long-range guided ballistic missile and it was called a “vengeance weapon” by Nazi Germany
  • The Severn Bridge, which connects England with Wales, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II today in 1966
  • An estimated 1 million people attended a Mass by Pope Francis in Antananarivo, Madagascar, today in 2019

Entertainment Events Today

  • The science fiction television series Star Trek, now commonly called “The Original Series”, aired for the first time today in 1966 on the NBC network
  • The British television sitcom Only Fools and Horses, created and written by John Sullivan, aired for the first time today in 1981 on BBC 1
  • The American daytime television talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show aired for the first time today in 1986, it ran until May 2011

Family Events Today

  • Richard I, who would become King of England from 1189 until 1199, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was born today in 1157 in Oxford
  • Richard Henry Sellers, better known as the English actor Peter Sellers, who is famous for his role as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther movies, was born today in 1925 in Portsmouth
  • Alecia Beth Moore, better known as the American singer-songwriter Pink, whose hits include There You Go and Get the Party Started, was born today in 1979 in Pennsylvania

Main Event Today

  • The first season of the English Football League began today in 1888, 12 clubs took part in 6 matches across northern England

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Ampersand Day

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