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Notable Historical Events for September 8th

2013Serena Williams wins her fifth Women's Singles US Open title

1974President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes

1989George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

1990104th US Womens Tennis Open: Gabriela Sabatini beats Steffi Graf (6-2 7-6)

1958Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open

19692nd US Tennis Open: Rod Laver wins, completing his 2nd grand slam. The men's singles final also featured the smallest recorded session of 3,708 due to rain.

1996116th US Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Michael Chang (61 64 76)

1939FDR declares "limited national emergency" due to war in Europe

1985Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Portland Ping Golf Championship

1522Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completing 1st circumnavigation of the globe (expedition began under Ferdinand Magellan)

September 8th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on September 8th

1830Frederic Mistral, Maillane, France, Provencal poet (Nobel 1904), (d. 1914)

1932Patsy Cline, Winchester Va, country singer (Crazy)

1987Alexandre Bilodeau, Montreal Quebec, Canadian freestyle skier (Gold in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics)

1925Peter Sellers, England, actor and goon (Kato, Bobo, Pink Panther), (d. 1980)

1897[James Charles] Jimmie Rodgers, Mendoza Miss, country singer/singing brakeman

1979Pink [Alecia Beth Moore], Abington Township Pennsylvania, singer (Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill)

September 8th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on September 8th

1987NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (24) weds girlfriend Jackie Mitchell

1864Business magnate John D. Rockefeller (25) weds abolitionist Laura Spelman (24)

1897Confederate General James Longstreet (76) weds Helen Dortch (34) at the governor's mansion in Atlanta, Georgia

1953Actress Lana Turner (32) weds "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34)

2010Grammy nominated singer Jenni Rivera (41) weds MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza (38) at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California

1973Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada

September 8th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on September 8th

1980Willard Libby, American chemist (radiocarbon dating), dies of pneumonia at 71

2003Leni Riefenstahl, German film director (b. 1902)

September 8th Deaths
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