What Happened On This Day – September 8
2015 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Makes its Debut
The comedian was a correspondent for the Daily Show and the host of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central before he took over David Letterman as the host of The Late Show on CBS. The first show featured Presidential hopeful and former Governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush and actor George Clooney.
1991 The republic of Macedonia Declares its Independence From Yugoslavia
The landlocked Balkan country became independent after a referendum for independence from Yugoslavia was approved by about 96% of the voting public.
1986 Oprah Winfrey Show Airs For the First Time
The widely popular daytime talk show hosted and produced by Oprah Winfrey ran for 25 years and won over 45 Daytime Emmy Awards. The topic for the first episode of the show was titled “How to Marry the Man or Woman of Your Choice”.
1974 President Ford Pardons Nixon
Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States, issued Proclamation 4311, which pardoned his predecessor Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed in his role as the U.S. President. In August 1974, Nixon had resigned from the office of the President - the only President to do so in the history of the United States, after impeachment proceedings against him were started in the House of Representatives because of his connection to the Watergate Scandal. The pardon was controversial. Many experts believe that it was a contributing factor to Ford’s inability to get elected as President 2 years later.
1966 Star Trek Makes its Television Debut
The popular science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry was about the adventures of the crew of starship USS Enterprise. The starship was commanded by Captain James T. Kirk, who was assisted by Science Officer Spock and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonard McCoy. The first episode of the series, which is now known as The Original Series (TOS), was called the Man Trap and aired on NBC.
Births On This Day – September 8
American singer-songwriter, producer, actress
1970 Neko Case
American singer-songwriter, guitarist
1932 Patsy Cline
American singer-songwriter, pianist
1925 Peter Sellers
English film actor, comedian, singer
1922 Lyndon LaRouche
American politician, activist, founded the LaRouche movement
Deaths On This Day – September 8
2012 Thomas Szasz
Hungarian/American psychiatrist, academic
2006 Peter Brock
Australian race car driver
2003 Leni Riefenstahl
1949 Richard Strauss
German composer, conductor
1916 Friedrich Baumfelder
German pianist, composer, conductor