(Monday, September 8, 1941) — Land encirclement of Leningrad, a major industrial center now known as Saint Petersburg, was completed today when German forces reached the shores of Lake Ladoga, beginning the 872-day siege of the USSR’s second-largest city in the Eastern Front theatre of World War II.
(Saturday, September 8, 1951) — Because of You by Tony Bennett is the #1 song on Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart today for the first of eight weeks (September 8/15/22/29, October 6/13/20/27, 1951). It was recorded on Wednesday, April 4, 1951.
(Wednesday, September 8, 1971) — The $70-million John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts made its public debut today with a gala opening performance featuring the world premiere of a Requiem mass honoring U.S. President John F. Kennedy, a work commissioned from the legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
Lennon appeared with his wife in a two-hour taping with television interviewer Dick Cavett today at ABC Studio in New York. Ninety minutes of the conversation will be shown on Cavett’s late-night show Sept. 21.
(Saturday, September 8, 2001) — I’m Real, by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule is the #1 song today on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for the first of five weeks (September 8/15/22, October 20/27, 2001).