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.

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