Thursday, September 8, 2005
1504: Michelangelo’s statue David is unveiled at Florence. Underneath, he’s naked.
1565: A Spanish expedition relieves the siege of Malta, where 700 Knights Hospitaller, together with some mercenaries and townspeople, have held out against 30,000 Ottomans for nearly four months.
1636: The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony votes to establish the first educational institution in the U.S., which they name “New College.” The name will be changed three years later to “Harvard,” after its first donor.
1810: Thirty-three employees of John Jacob Astor’s new Pacific Fur Co. sail out of New York en route to Oregon, where they will found the town of Astoria as a fur trading post.
1900: As many as 12,000 people die when a hurricane rips through Galveston, Texas, the deadliest storm in U.S. history. The death toll for Hurricane Katrina may pass it.
1923: Seven near-new U.S. Navy destroyers all run aground on rocks near Santa Barbara Island, California, and are lost.
1930: Minnesota Mining & Mfg. Co. introduces a hot new product: Scotch brand transparent tape.
1935: Dr. Carl Weiss, M.D., fires a fatal bullet into Louisiana Governor Huey Long with a Colt .32 automatic. Long’s bodyguards thereupon put 61 bullet holes in Weiss.
1966: The first episode of a new science fiction series called Star Trek airs on NBC. Not many people watch.