spotlight Highlights from history: Sept. 8 Sep 8, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1892: Pledge of Allegiance On Sept. 8, 1892, an early version of "The Pledge of Allegiance," written by Francis Bellamy, appeared in "The Youth's Companion." It went: "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Anonymous 1900: Texas Hurricane In 1900, Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed an estimated 8,000 people. Anonymous 1935: Huey P. Long In 1935, Sen. Huey P. Long, a Louisiana Democrat, was shot and mortally wounded inside the Louisiana State Capitol; he died two days later. (The assailant was identified as Dr. Carl Weiss, who was gunned down by Long's bodyguards.) ASSOCIATED PRESS 1941: Siege of Leningrad In 1941, the 900-day Siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II. STF 1943: Italy Surrenders In 1943, during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower announced Italy's surrender; Nazi Germany denounced Italy's decision as a cowardly act. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1964: Public School Desegregation In 1964, public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia, reopened after being closed for five years by officials attempting to prevent court-ordered racial desegregation. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1974: Richard Nixon pardon In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a "full, free, and absolute pardon" to former President Richard Nixon covering his entire term in office. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1985: Pete Rose In 1985, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds tied Ty Cobb's career record for hits, singling for hit number 4,191 during a game against the Cubs in Chicago. Steve Pyle 1986: "Oprah Winfrey Show" In 1986, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" began the first of 25 seasons in national syndication. CHARLIE BENNETT 1994: USAir Crash In 1994, USAir Flight 427, a Boeing 737, crashed into a ravine as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people on board. ROB OSTERMAIER 2009: Afghanistan Election Ten years ago: A U.N.-backed commission said it had found "convincing evidence" of fraud in Afghanistan's presidential election. Manish Swarup 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: In a nationally broadcast pep talk from Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, President Barack Obama challenged the nation's students to take pride in their education. Jacquelyn Martin 2009: Sonia Sotomayor Ten years ago: Justice Sonia Sotomayor ceremonially took her seat at the Supreme Court in front of a packed courtroom that included President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Dana Verkouteren 2014: Marin Cilic Five years ago: Croatia's Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) won his first Grand Slam title by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 at the U.S. Open. Darron Cummings 2014: Ray Rice Five years ago: Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator in February 2014. Nick Wass 2014: S. Truett Cathy Five years ago: S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, died in suburban Atlanta at age 93. RIC FELD 2017: Hurricane Irma In 2017, Hurricane Irma regained Category 5 status, battering Cuba with 160-mph winds and taking aim on the Miami area; the death toll across the Caribbean climbed past 20. In one of the country's largest evacuations, officials in Florida told more than 5 million people to leave their homes ahead of the hurricane; parts of interstates 75 and 95 northbound were bumper-to-bumper. David Goldman 2017: Troy Gentry In 2017, singer Troy Gentry, half of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey; pilot James Robinson was also killed. TEL 2018: Obama Midterms One year ago: Former president Barack Obama, in a speech in southern California, said the November midterm elections would give Americans "a chance to restore some sanity in our politics." Ringo H.W. Chiu 2018: US Open Tennis One year ago: Serena Williams lost the U.S. Open women's final to Naomi Osaka; Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument after the umpire issued a warning to Williams for receiving coaching. Greg Allen 2018: WTC Subway Reopens One year ago: A New York City subway station reopened for the first time since it was destroyed in the World Trade Center attack 17 years earlier. Bebeto Matthews Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight AP How much coffee trivia do you know? promotion spotlight How much do you know about Mother's Day?