September 8

Originally published on September 8, 2004.
Last updated on July 8, 2016.

Every
Year
September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 114 days remaining until the end of the year.
Every
Year
September 8 is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 times in 400 years) than on Sunday or Monday (57 times) or a Wednesday or Friday (56 times).

What is the source for this claim?
1966
Star Trek (1966–1969)

Star Trek (1966–1969)
DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (left), William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk (center), Leonard Nimoy as Spock (right).

Star Trek debuted on NBC-TV.

The Star Trek TV series (1966–1969), often referred to as Star Trek: The Original Series, made its United States debut on the NBC television network. The first episode, “The Man Trap”, aired on September 8, 1966. Other worldwide debuts were in the United Kingdom on October 4, 1969, in West Germany on September 28, 1987, and in Hungary on December 7, 1997. The show tells the story of the crew of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise and its five-year mission “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

The series, although it had lackluster ratings during its three-year run, spawned five additional TV series:

and 13 films:

The United States’ real-life prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101) was named after the fictional U.S.S. Enterprise of the Star Trek series. In 2003, NASA restored the Enterprise and placed it on display at the Smithsonian’s new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. In 2012, the Enterprise was moved to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, where it has been on display ever since.

Star Trek (1966–1969)

Star Trek (1966–1969)
William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk (center), clock-wise from left: Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, James Doohan as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (left), Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov.

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