On This Day September 8
1900 – A hurricane packing winds in excess of 130 miles per hour and a 15-foot storm surge slams into Galveston, Texas, devastating the island. About 8,000 people are killed, making the hurricane the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history up to that time.
1966 – A television sci-fi phenom is born with the premiere of “Star Trek” on NBC. The first episode is called “The Man Trap.” The series, consisting of 79 episodes over three seasons, stars William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, first officer and science officer aboard the starship USS Enterprise. In the decades since the original series ended, “Star Trek” has lived on through spin-offs, movies and conventions.
1974 – President Gerald Ford attempts to give closure to the Watergate scandal by granting his predecessor, Richard Nixon, a pardon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office.
Own a Piece of This Day
Let's Get It On / Marvin Gaye
Serving as Marvin Gaye’s first venture into the funk genre and romance-themed music, “Let’s Get It On” incorporates smooth soul, doo-wop and quiet storm. This remastered edition contains single versions of “Let’s Get It On” and “You Sure Love to Ball.”
Get The Knack / The Knack
The Knack emerged from a late ’70s musical landscape that was morphing from rock and disco to rock, punk and new wave. Here is the digitally re-mastered edition of the LA rock quartet’s 1979 debut album, featuring their smash “My Sharona.”
Torqued by drama and taut with suspense, this absorbing narrative of the 1900 hurricane that inundated Galveston, Texas, conveys the sudden, cruel power of the deadliest natural disaster in American history. Told largely from the perspective of Isaac Cline, the senior U.S. Weather Bureau official in Galveston at the time, the story considers an era when “the hubris of men led them to believe they could disregard even nature itself.”
Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel
New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville (“The Big Bam”) takes on controversial daredevil Evel Knievel, revealing an intimate, often alarming, and ultimately sad portrait of a man who lived precariously, both on and off his motorcycle.
The Pink Panther
Meet Inspector Clouseau, the bumbling French detective whose career is one misstep after another. Showcasing the comedic genius of Peter Sellers, “The Pink Panther” is the sidesplitting film that launched one of the greatest comedy series of all time.
Sentimentally Yours / Patsy Cline
One of the greatest singers in the history of country music, Patsy Cline also helped blaze a trail for female singers to assert themselves as an integral part of the Nashville-dominated country music industry. This is one of the finest compilations of Cline’s work ever recorded, capturing her unique renditions of music representing a variety of genres.