1251 BC – A solar eclipse marked the birth of legendary man-god Hercules.
1800 – The Zion AME Church was founded.
1895 – The first game of rugby league football was played, in England.
1901 – The Boxer Rebellion in Qing dynasty China officially ended with the signing of the Boxer Protocol.
1915 – Johnny Gruelle received US Patent (#47789) for his Raggedy Ann Doll.
1923 – Interpol was founded in Vienna.
1927 – The first fully electronic television system was completed by Philo Farnsworth.
1943 – A fire at the Gulf Hotel in Houston, Texas killed 55 people.
1963 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio.
1968 – Starring Bingo, Drooper, Fleegle, and Snorky, the Banana Splits Adventure Hour debuted on NBC. It only lasted 31 episodes, but lives in our hearts forever.
1979 – The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) debuted.
1979 – The Chrysler Corporation asked the United States government for $1.5 billion to avoid bankruptcy. The loan was granted, but was a very unusual step for the government at the time, and $1,500,000,000 seemed like a lot of money in 1979…
1981 – The People’s Court debuted with Judge Joseph Wapner
1985 – #1 Hit September 7, 1985 – September 20, 1985: John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)
1985 – Star Wars: Ewoks and Star Wars: Droids premiered on ABC.
1986 – Desmond Tutu became the first black man to lead the Anglican Church in South Africa.
1993 – The Chevy Chase Show debuted on Fox. Cancelled six weeks later.
1998 – Google was founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
2004 – Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hit Grenada, killing 39 people.
2008 – True Blood premiered on HBO