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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Ford pardons Nixon, Abbott's party wins ... on this date in history.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015
President Gerald Ford announces on Sept. 8, 1974, that he had pardoned former President Richard Nixon for any offenses he "has committed or may have committed or taken part in" during the Watergate scandal. Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Gerald R. Ford Library/UPI File | License Photo

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2015 with 114 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include England's King Richard I, "Richard the Lion-Hearted," in 1157; Czech composer Antonin Dvorak in 1841; country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers, "The Singing Brakeman," in 1897; actor Frank Cady in 1915; comedian Sid Caesar in 1922; political activist Lyndon LaRouche in 1922 (age 93): British actor Peter Sellers in 1925; country music singer Patsy Cline in 1932; former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., in 1938 (age 77); musician Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (Grateful Dead), in 1945; writer Ann Beattie in 1947 (age 68); English rock musician Dave Stewart in 1952 (age 63); actor Heather Thomas in 1957 (age 58); singer Aimee Mann in 1960 (age 55); actor David Arquette in 1971 (age 44); actor Martin Freeman in 1971 (age 44); actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas in 1981 (age 34); singer Pink in 1979 (age 36); singer Wiz Khalifa in 1987 (age 28).

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On this date in history:

In 1565, the first permanent European settlement in what is now the continental United States was founded on the site of the present St. Augustine, Fla.

In 1900, more than 6,000 people were killed when a hurricane and tidal wave struck Galveston, Texas.

In 1935, an assassin shot U.S. Sen. Huey P. Long, D-La., at the Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. (Long died two days later.)

In 1966, "Star Trek" premiered on NBC-TV.

In 1974, U.S. President Gerald Ford granted former President Richard Nixon, who had resigned a month earlier in the wake of the Watergate scandal, a full pardon for any offenses he may have committed during his years in office.

In 1994, a USAir Boeing 737 (Flight 427) suddenly rolled to the left, spiraled out of control and fell 6,000 feet in a crash near Pittsburgh that killed 132 people. (A problem with the plane's rudder control system was eventually cited as the probable cause of the disaster.)

In 2005, more than 1,000 people attended the Washington funeral of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who died of thyroid cancer just before his 81st birthday.

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In 2010, an ABC News/Washington Post poll indicated that 49 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of Muslims.

In 2012, in his weekly radio address -- three days before the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States -- U.S. President Barack Obama said: "As Americans, we refuse to live in fear. Today, a new tower rises above the New York skyline. And our country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world."

In 2013, Australian voters chose the Liberal/National coalition headed by opposition leader Tony Abbott over the Labor Party and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. (Abbott was sworn in as PM on Sept. 18.)

In 2014, the Baltimore Ravens terminated star running back Ray Rice's contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after the release of a video that showed him punching his future wife in the face in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City.


A thought for the day: "The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." -- Anna Quindlen

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