1504: Michelangelo’s David goes on public display in Florence.
1831: William IV, after whom King William’s Town is named, is crowned King of Great Britain and Ireland.
1945: US troops arrive in southern Korea to partition the country, in response to Soviet occupation of the northern parts of the region.
1978: The Black Friday massacre of civilians by the army in Tehran marks the beginning of the end for the Iranian monarchy.
1991: The Republic of Macedonia becomes independent from Yugoslavia.
1157: Richard I, the Lionheart, King of England.
1841: Antonin Dvorak, Czech composer.
1932: Patsy Cline, American singer.
1979: Pink, American singer.
1987: Wiz Khalifa, Haitian rapper and producer.
1989: Avicii, Swedish electronic musician and DJ.
1949: Richard Strauss, German composer.
1965: Dorothy Dandridge, American actress, the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award.
2006: Hilda Bernstein, British-South African author and anti-apartheid activist.
8 September is Victory Day in Pakistan and Malta, and Independence Day in Macedonia.