Today Wednesday, the 8th of September of 2021,
September 8 is the 251st day of the year
114 days remain until the end of the year.
14 days until autumn begins
The sun rose at 6:46:17 am
and sunset will be at 7:26:50 pm.
We will have 12 hours and 40 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 1:06:33 pm.
The first low tide will be at 6:12 am at 0.14 feet
and the next high tide at 12:44 pm at 5.73 feet
and the final low tide at Ocean Beach will be at 6:32 pm at 1.19 feet
Today is …
International Literacy Day
National Actors Day
National Ampersand Day
National Date Nut Bread Day
National Pledge of Allegiance Day
Native Women's Equal Pay Day
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day
Star Trek Day
Virgin Mary Day
World Physical Therapy Day
Today is also…
Day of the Battle of Borodino in Russia
Feast of 'Izzat – First day of the tenth month of the Baháʼí calendar.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Macedonia from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Martyrs' Day in Afghanistan
National Day, also the feast of Our Lady of Meritxell in Andorra
Victory Day in Pakistan
Victory Day, also the feast of Our Lady of Victories or il-Vittorja in Malta
World Physical Therapy Day
On this day in history…
1504 – Michelangelo's David is unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
1883 – The Northern Pacific Railway (reporting mark NP) was completed in a ceremony at Gold Creek, Montana. Former president Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final "golden spike" in an event attended by rail and political luminaries.
1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited.
1900 – Galveston hurricane: A powerful hurricane hits Galveston, Texas killing about 8,000 people.
1916 – In a bid to prove that women were capable of serving as military dispatch riders, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren arrive in Los Angeles, completing a 60-day, 5,500 mile cross-country trip on motorcycles.
1930 – 3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape.
1954 – The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) is established.
1966 – The landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, "The Man Trap".
1971 – In Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated, with the opening feature being the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
1974 – Watergate scandal: US President Gerald Ford signs the pardon of Richard Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while in office.
1975 – Gays in the military: US Air Force Tech Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, appears in his Air Force uniform on the cover of Time magazine with the headline "I Am A Homosexual". He is given a general discharge, later upgraded to honorable.
1988 – Yellowstone National Park is closed for the first time in U.S. history due to ongoing fires.
…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share this special day with…
1841 – Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer and academic (d. 1904)
1873 – Alfred Jarry, French author and playwright (d. 1907)
1873 – David O. McKay, American religious leader, 9th
1889 – Robert A. Taft, American lawyer and politician (d. 1953)
1897 – Jimmie Rodgers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1933)
1900 – Claude Pepper, American lawyer and politician (d. 1989)
1921 – Harry Secombe, Welsh-English actor (d. 2001) 1922 – Sid Caesar, American comic actor and writer (d. 2014)
1922 – Lyndon LaRouche, American politician and activist, founded the LaRouche movement (d. 2019)
1925 – Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (d. 1980)
1930 – Nguyễn Cao Kỳ, Vietnamese general and politician, 16th Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (d. 2011)
1931 – Marion Brown, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2010)
1932 – Patsy Cline, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1963)
1933 – Asha Bhosle, Indian singer
1933 – Eric Salzman, American composer, producer, and critic (d. 2017)
1937 – Barbara Frum, American-Canadian journalist (d. 1992)
1938 – Adrian Cronauer, American sergeant and radio host (d. 2018)
1938 – Sam Nunn, American lawyer and politician
1939 – Guitar Shorty, American singer and guitarist
1940 – Jack Prelutsky, American author and poet
1941 – Bernie Sanders, American politician
1942 – Sal Valentino, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist
1945 – Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (d. 1973)
1947 – Ann Beattie, American novelist and short story writer
1954 – Ruby Bridges, American civil rights activist
1954 – Michael Shermer, American historian, author, and academic, founded The Skeptics Society
1960 – Aimee Mann, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
1970 – Neko Case, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1971 – David Arquette, American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and wrestler
1979 – Pink, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1987 – Wiz Khalifa, Haitian rapper and actor