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1651 - Robinson Crusoe, a fictional character, began on his
first sea voyage, from Hull to London.
1661 - In the first official well-known Yacht Race, England's
King Charles lost to his brother, James.
1752 - "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto
all the inhabitants thereof" The Liberty Bell was officially
placed in the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in
1799 - The Bank of Manhattan Company (now Chase Manhattan)
opened in New York City.
1859 - The Carrington Event, a large solar flare (a coronal
mass ejection - CME, solar superstorm) effected many of the (relatively
few) electronics and telegraph lines on Earth.
1872 - Linda Ann Judson Richards graduated from the Training
School of the New England Hospital for Women and Children and became
America's first Nurse.
1894 - Juno, one of the four largest asteroids in the Main
Belt, was discovered by the German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding.
1894 - Great Hinckley Fire, Minnesota
1897 - Boston's Tremont Street Subway opened.
1902 - A Trip to the Moon, considered one of the first science
fiction films, was released in France.
1923 (Volcano Eruption & Earthquake) Kanto, Japan
1935 - Labor Day Hurricane, Florida
1939 - Adolf Hitler signed an order to begin the systematic
euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people.
1939 - World War II began with Germany's invasion of Poland.
1948 - The United Nation's World Health Organization was founded.
1952 - The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning
novel by Ernest Hemingway, was first published.
1968 - Irvin Feld opened the Clown College, in Venice, Florida.
1969 - Muammar el-Qaddafi overthrew King Idris, and founded
the Libyan Arab Republic.
1972 - Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky of the USSR. He
was the first American to compete in the tournament.
1972 - Mark Spitz won his 4th and 5th Olympic Medals (he won
7 in total in the '72 Olympics)
1977 - The first TRS-80 Model I computer was sold at Radio
Shack.1978 - Battle of the Planets premiered in syndication.
1979 - An LA Court ordered Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone
Ranger mask. The copyright owners did not want any association with
him, although he used his fame as the Television face as the Lone
Ranger as a positive example of what the Ranger (and Tonto) represented.
He began wearing wrap-around shades instead.
1979 - Pioneer 2 flew past Saturn discovering an eleventh
moon and two new rings.
1982 - The United States Air Force Space Command was founded.
1983 - Korean Airlines Boeing 747, flight 007 was shot down
by Soviets in Russian airspace.
1985 - The remains of the Titanic, sunk by an iceberg in 1912,
were discovered in the North Atlantic.
1986 - CBS Evening News anchorman Dan Rather initiated the
use of the word "Courage" as a slogan at the end of his
broadcast. He stopped about a week later.
1991- E! News had it's first live broadcast
1994- The Independent Film Channel made its debut
1997 - Disney Channel ended their 14 year run of being a subscription
TV channel. They continued the channel free of charge.
2004 - Chechen terrorists took over 1,000 schoolchildren and
others hostage in Beslan, Russia.
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44 BC - Cicero started the first of his Philippics (oratorical
attacks) on Mark Antony.
1192 - The Treaty of Jaffa was signed between Richard I of
England and Saladin, leading to the end of the Third Crusade.
1666 - The Great Fire of London destroyed more than 13,000
homes along with St. Paul's Church.
1752 (Julian year) - Great Britain adapted the Gregorian calander,
making the next day September 14, 1752. There was no September 3-13
in the British Empire, including the American colonies.
1754 (Earthquake) Cairo, Egypt
1789 - The United States Treasury Department was established.
1837 - General Sherman taook Atlanta, after four weeks of
1837 - Samuel F.B. Morse patented his telegraph for sending
messages. Ben Franklin was the first to send an electrical signal
through a wire in 1750.
1897 - McCall Magazine began publication.
1901 - Vice President of the US, Theodore Roosevelt, used
the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick"
at the Minnesota State Fair.
1912 - Arthur Rose Eldred was awarded the first Eagle Scout
award of the Boy Scouts of America.
1944 - Future President George H.W. Bush ejected from his
damaged plane in WW II.
1945 - Japan formally surrendered World War II.
1963 - CBS Evening News expanded from 15 minutes to 30 minutes,
the firts network to do so. NBC followed on September 9.
1969- Chemical Bank installed the first United States ATM
in the U.S. at its branch in Rockville Centre, New York.
1985 - NBC began broadcasting in stereo.
1992 (EArthquake) Nicaragua killing at least 116 people.
2005 - On NBC's Concert for Hurricane Relief, Kanye West stated
that"George Bush doesn't care about black people"
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1189 - Richard The Lion-Hearted was crowned King of England
at Westminster Abbey.
1192 - King Richard settled a peace with Muslim general Saladin,
allowing Christian pilgrims and merchants access to Muslim-held Jerusalem.
1752 - September 3-13 never happened for many, thanks to Great
Britain adaopting the Gergorian calander. People rioted, believing
that the government had stolen 11 days of their lives
1777 - At Cooch's Bridge, in Newark Delaware, an early skirmish
of American Revolutionary war took place, where the Flag of the United
States was flown in battle for the first time.
1783 - The Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary
1813 - Uncle Sam was seen for the first time, in Troy, New
1833 - The first issue of the New York Sun, New York's first
penny paper, was published.
1838 - Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escaped from
1928 - Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,191th and
last career hit.
1935 - 1st automobile to exceed 300 mph, Sir Malcolm Campbell
1944 - Anne Frank and her family were placed on the last transport
train from the Westerbork transit camp to the Auschwitz concentration
camp, and arrived three days later.
1950 - The Beetle Bailey, the comic strip, debuted.
1951 - Search for Tomorrow premiered on CBS.
1976 - The American Viking 2 spacecraft landed at Utopia Planitia
1978 - John Paul I was elected as the 264th Pope. He died
33 days later.
1992 - Austrailia's Naughtiest Home Videos was cancelled 34
minutes into the program. Just about everyone involved was fired.
1995 - eBay was founded.
1996 - Viking II landed on Mars.
2004 - The Beslan school hostage crisis ended on its third
day with the deaths of over 300 people, more than half of whom are
2008 - Sons of Anarchy premiered on FX
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1682 - English astronomer Edmund Halley discovered the comet
now named after him.
1781 - The city of Los Angeles was founded.
1833 - Barney Flaherty (age 10) was hired by the new York
Sun as America's first newsboy.
1888 - George Eastman patented his 1st roll-film camera and
registers the "Kodak" name.
1893 - Beatrix Potter created Peter Rabbit when writing a
letter to a friend dated today.
1900 - "Typhoid Mary" Mallon was a cook who was
'patient zero' for a series of Typhiod Fever outbreakes in the early
1900s. She claimed to have nver been sick herself.
1951 - President Truman's address at the signing of the Japanese
Peace Treaty (WW II) was broadcast.
1957 - Nine black students attempted to enter Little Rock
Central High School but were blocked by the Arkansas National Guard.
The next day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the 1,200-man
101st Airborne Battle Group of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division
from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to escort the nine students into the
1957 - Ford introduced "The Edsel" automobile -
one of the biggest business flops in history.
1964 - NASA launches its 1st Orbital Geophysical Observatory
(OGO-1). It is still in orbit.
1972 - Mark Spitz won his seventh gold medal in the 1972 Munich
1995- The series Xena: Warrior Princess which starred Lucy
Lawless made its debut
2000 - Caillou & Clifford the Big Red Dog debuted on PBS
2002 - Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol
2012 - Live! with Kelly became Live! with Kelly and Michael,
when Michael Strahan became the permanant co-host
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1666 - Great Fire of London endd, 10,000 buildings, including
St Paul's Cathedral, were destroyed, but only six people are known
to have died.
1698 - Peter the Great decreed a tax on beards. When a citizen
had more than 2 weeks worth of growth, a tax had to be paid, and the
citizen was granted a two sided token stating: "the beard tax
has been taken" and "the beard is a superfluous burden."
1774 - Peyton Randolph was elected as the first president
of the Continental Congress, in Philadelphia.
1836 - Sam Houston was elected as the first president of the
Republic of Texas.
1881 - Thumb Fire, Michigan
1882 - 10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade
in New York City.
1906 - The first legal forward pass in American football was
thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack
Schneider in a 220 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin).
1921 - Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle party in San Francisco
ended with the accidental death of actress Virginia Rappe, in what
became the first sex scandal in the Hollywood community.
1939 - President FDR declared US neutrality at start of WW
II in Europe.
1949 - Willard Frank Libby announced his discovery of Radiocarbon
1960 - Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) won the gold medal
in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Rome Olympics.
1966 - The first Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon rasied
$1,002,114. The toteboard was only six digits, so Jerry Lewis painted
the "1" million spot.
1967 - ABC's The Fugitive finale (part 2) was one of the most-watched
episodes of the decade."Tuesday, September 5th: The day the running
1972 - Eleven Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian
terrorists at that 1972 Munich Olympics.
1975 - Lynette "Skueaky" Fromme attempted to assassinate
US President Gerald Ford.
1977 - Voyager 1 was launched.
1987 - Dick Clark's American Bandstand was broadcast for the
2,751st and last time by ABC, after 30 years on the network. It continued,
in syndication, until October 7, 1989.
1989 - Deborah Norville became news anchor of Today Show.
Ratings slowly declined and by June of 1990, she was replaced by Katie
1997 - Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.
1997 - Ally McBeal premiered on FOX
2001 - The Amazing Race premiered on CBS
2007 - Torchwood premiered on BBC America
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1620 - The Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, on the
Mayflower to settle in North America.
1837 - Oberlin Collegiate Institute became the first college
to grant women equal status.
1866 - Frederick Douglass was the first US black delegate
to a national political convention.
1901 - Leon Czolgosz shot and killed US President William
McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
1943 - A Pennsylvania Railroad train derailed at Frankford
Junction in Philadelphia, killing 79 people and injuring 117 others.
1954 - WINS (New York City) began playing rock and roll music
with the Alan Freed Show.
1963 - Baseball Historian Lee Allen says Indians-Senators
game is 100,000th in professional baseball history.
1972 - A German policeman and nine Israel athletes were taken
hostage and killed at the Munich Olympic Games by the Palestinian
"Black September" terrorist group.
1976 - Dean Martin appeared on Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular
Dystrophy telethon. The pair had not spoken since the 1950s.
1979 - National Grandparents Day was proclaimed by President
Jimmy Carter to be celebrated on the Sunday following Labor Day.
1983 - The Soviet Union admits to shooting down Korean Air
Lines Flight 007, claiming that it did not know it was a civilian
aircraft when it violated Soviet airspace.
1991 - The Soviet Union recognized the independence of the
Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
1991 - The name Saint Petersburg is restored to Russia's second
largest city, which had been known as Leningrad since 1924.
1995 - Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles plays in his
2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record that stood for 56 years.
1997 - The funeral for Princess Diana was broadcast across
several networks and around the world An estimated 2 billion people
watched all or part of the funeral on television.
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1251 BC - A solar eclipse marked the birth of legendary man-god
1800 - The Zion AME Church was founded.
1895 - The first game of rugby league football was played,
1901 - The Boxer Rebellion in Qing dynasty China officially
ended with the signing of the Boxer Protocol.
1921 - The first Miss America Pageant is held. It was won
by 15-year-old Margaret Gorman.
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
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)
1979 - The Chrysler Corporation asked the United States government
for $1.5 billion to avoid bankruptcy. It was granted, but was a very
unusual step for the governement at the time, as was $1,500,00,00.
1981 - The People's Court debuted with Judge Joseph Wapner
1985 - Star Wars: Ewoks and Star Wars: Droids premiered on
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
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
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1504 - Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Piazza della Signoria
1860 - The steamship Lady Elgin sank in Lake Michigan, killing
1888 - The body of Jack the Ripper's second murder victim,
Annie Chapman, was found in London.
1892 - The Pledge of Allegiance was first published by by
the Youth's Companion Magazine - "I pledge allegiance to my Flag
and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all."
1900 - The Galveston Hurricane killed 8,000 people in Texas.
1921 - 16-year-old Margaret Gorman won the Atlantic City Pageant's
Golden Mermaid trophy. Pageant officials later called her the first
1930 - "Blondie" newspaper comic strip debuted.
1930 - 3M (formerly the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing
Company) begian marketing Scotch transparent tape.
1935 - US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long was fatally shot
in the Louisiana State Capitol building by Carl Austin Weiss, Jr.
1954 - The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) was
1956 - Harry Belafonte's album "Calypso" featuring
"The Banana Boat Song" is the #1 album, according to Billboard,
and stayed #1 for 31 weeks, become the first documented million-seller
1966 - Tarzan and Star Trek both debuted on NBC. That Girl
debuted on ABC.
1973 - Star Trek: The Animated Series debuted on ABC.
1974 - US President Gerald Ford pardoned former President
Richard Nixon for any crimes that then-President Nixon may have committed
while in office.
1975 - US Air Force Tech Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, a decorated
veteran of the Vietnam War, appeared in his Air Force uniform on the
cover of Time magazine with the headline "I Am A Homosexual".
He was given a general discharge, which was later upgraded to honorable.
1986 - Oprah Winfrey's show became nationally syndicated.
1988 - Yellowstone National Park was closed due to non-stop
1990 - America's Funniest Videos debuted on ABC.
1996 - Blue's Clues premiered on Nickelodeon
1998 - Mark McGuire hit Home Run # 62, breaking Roger Maris's
record of 61 (1961)
2004 - The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-landed on
Mars when its parachute failed to open.
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1543 - Mary Stuart, nine months old, was crowned "Queen
of Scots" in the central Scottish town of Stirling.
1776 - The Continental Congress officially named its new union
of sovereign states 'The United States.'
1789 - The Bill of Rights was approved by the United States
House of Representatives.
1791 - Washington, DC (District of Columbia), the capital
of the United States, was named after President George Washington.
1839 - John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph.
He also named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus, among
1850 - California became the 31st state.
1926 - The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was founded
by the Radio Corporation of America
1947 - The first case of a computer bug being found... a moth
lodged in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University.
1950 - The first American television show to incorporate a
laugh track was the sitcom The Hank McCune Show, although the technique
started in radio in the 1940s.
1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for
the first time.
1965 - The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
1966 - The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was
signed into law by US President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1967 - George of the Jungle cartoon debuted on ABC.
1969 - In Canada, the Official Languages Act was enacted,
making French equal to English throughout the Federal government.
1971 - The Attica prison riot occured - 1200 inmates revolted,
resulting in the deaths of 10 hostages and 29 inmates.
1972 - Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids premiered on CBS.
1993 - The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognized
Israel as a legitimate state.
1999 - Sega released the first 128-bit video game console,
2006 - Bleach premiered on Adult Swim
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1608 - James Smith was elected President of Jamestown colony
1913 - The Lincoln Highway opened as the first coast-to-coast
paved U.S. Highway.
1919 - Florida Keys Hurricane
1945 - Mike the Headless chicken survived his pre-meal beheading,
living another year and a half without a head. (True story!)
1955 - Gunsmoke debuted on CBS-TV and ran until 1975. The
radio version played from 1952 to 1961.
1965 - The first National Geographic Special, the 1963 US
expedition to Mount Everest, aired on CBS.
1967 - The Who destroyed their instruments during a performance
on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
1990 - The Fresh Prince of Bel Air premiered on NBC
1990 - New York's Ellis Island reopened as a museum.
2009 - The Vampire Diaries premiered on The CW
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1950 - Dick Tracy debuted on ABC.
1954 - The Miss America contest was aired for the first time
on television, hosted by Bob Russell. Lee Meriwether, was crowned
Miss America 1955.
1959 - Congress passed a bill authorizing food stamps for
Americans in need.
1961 - World Wildlife Fund was founded.
1962 - The Beatles recorded their first single Love Me Do.
1966 - The Rolling Stones made another appearance on The Ed
1995 - Sailor Moon made its debut in the US for the first
2001 - Terrorist crashed two planes into the twin towers of
the World Trade Center in New York City. A third aicraft was crashed
into the Pentagon and a fourth plane crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
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1609 - Henry Hudson began his exploration of the Hudson River.
1910 - Alice Stebbin Wells was hired as America's first actual
police officer, in Los Angeles.
1940 - The Lascaux Cave Paintings, about 17,300 year old,
were found in southwestern France.
1952 - The Flatwoods Monster was described by several children
in Flatwoods, West Virginia. Their mother, Kathleen may also reported
seeing a ten foot creature.
1954 - Lassie premiered on CBS
1959 - The Soviet Union's Lunik 2 was launched, (purposefully)
crash-landing on the moon two days later.
1965 - The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, for the
1966 - The Monkees debuted on NBC.
1970 - Josie and the Pussycats premiered on CBS Saturday morning
1970 - LSD advocate, Dr. Timothy Leary, escaped from a California
prison and fled to Algeria.
1970 - The unmanned Soviet Luna 16 was launched - it landed
on the moon, scooped up 101 grams of teh lunar surface, and returned
1972 - Maude premiered on CBS.
1977 - South African black civil rights leader Steven Biko
died while in police custody.
1978 - Taxi premiered on ABC
1983 - The animated G.I. Joe mini-series based on the toys
of the same name debuted, in syndication
1983 - Inspector Gadget debuted on ABC
1992- NBC canceled all of their Saturday morning cartoons
and opted to air Saved By The Bell, California Dreams, NBA Inside
Stuff, Name Your Adventure and a weekend version of Today. It marked
the end of all children's programming entirely on the network.
1993 - Famous Perry Mason actor Raymond Burr died after a
battle with liver cancer
1994 - Former Family Feud host Richard Dawson returned to
host the game show
2007 (Volcano Eruption) Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
2012 - Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.
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1928 - Okeechobee Hurricane, east coast USA
1961 - Car 54 - Where are You? premiered on NBC.
1963 - The Outer Limits premiered on ABC.
1965 - The Today Show (NBC) broadcasted in all-color for the
1969 - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! premiered on TV.
1970 - The first New York City Marathon was won by Gary Muhrcke.
1972 - The Waltons premiered on CBS.
1977 - SOAP premiered on ABC
1979 - Benson, a spin-off from Soap, debuted on ABC.
1986 - Pee-wee's Playhouse premiered on CBS
1990 - Law and Order premiered on NBC
1993 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman
Yasir Arafat signed a historic peace agreement (true), ending centuries
of discord in the middle east (not true).
2005 - Supernatural premiered on the WB
2005 - Bones premiered on FOX
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1752 - Yesterday was September 2nd, in Great Britain and the
American Colonies, but with the switchover from the Julian to Gregorian
calendar, it became September 14 in all of western civilization.
1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner which
later became the United State's national anthem.
1868 - Tom Morris, at Prestwick's 8th hole, was credited with
Golf's 1st recorded hole-in-one.
1901 - The first bodybuilding contest was held in Royal Albert
1940 - Congress passed the Selective Service Act, providing
for the first peacetime draft in United States' history. Unofficially,
they were prepping for joining WW II.
1965 - My Mother The Car debuted on NBC. It was the first
universally panned "bad" TV show.
1975 - Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (1774-1821) was canonized
by Pope Paul VI. The first American saint, she founded the U.S. branch
of the Sisters of Charity in 1809.
1977 - A tube top-clad woman named Yolanda Bowsley was called
into Contestant's Row on The Price is Right, and while running down
her breast popped out of her shirt.
1978 - Mork and Mindy premiered on ABC
1981- Entertainment Tonight debuted.
1984 - Bette Midler & Dan Aykroyd hosted the first VMAs
(Video Music Awards) on MTV. Younger visitors may be interested to
know that at one time, MTV was a 24-hour music video channel.s
1985 - The Golden Girls premiered on NBC
1985 - The Care Bears premiered, in syndication
1987 - Cal Ripken's streak of playing MLB Baseball for 8,243
consecutive innings (over 900 games) ended. The record still stands
1994 - MLB Acting commissioner Bud Selig announced the cancellation
of the 1994 baseball season on the 34th day of a strike by players.
Some say Baseball still hasn't recovered from this lost season.
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1949 - The Lone Ranger premiered on ABC-TV, starring Claytom
1959 - Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrived in the U.S. for an
1963 - A church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, killed four
young black girls. After decades of delay, Robert Chambliss, Herman
Cash, Thomas Blanton and Bobby Cherry were said to have been responsible
for the crime.
1965 - The Big Valley debuts on ABC while Lost in Space debuted
1965 - Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on CBS.
1965 - Gidget and The Big Valley premiered on ABC
1965 - I Spy debuted on NBC
1971 - Columbo, starring Peter Falk, bebuted on NBC.
1980 - Shogun, a TV miniseries, starring Richard Chamberlain,
began airing on NBC.
1981 - Pope John Paul II published his encyclical "Laborem
exercens" criticizing both Marxism and Capitolism.
1982 - The first issue of USA Today, published by Gannett,
hits the news stands and TV-shaped vending machines.
1984 - The Muppet Babies premiered on CBS.
1990 - The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) renamed itself
The Family Channel
1990 - Captain Planet and the Planeteers debuted on TBS
2004 - The National Hockey League lockout began, cancelling
the 2004-2005 season.
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1620 - The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with
1630 - The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name
1908 - William C. Durant. founded General Motors.
1953 - 20th Century-Fox released The Robe, using its new wide-screen
stereophonic film process.
1964 - Shindig (a pop music show) premiered on ABC.
1972 - The Bob Newhart show debuted on CBS
1974 - President Ford announced conditional amnesty for Vietnam
War deserters and draft evaders.
1977 - Marc Bolan (of T. Rex fame) died in an auto crash
1984 - Miami Vice premiered on NBC
1984 - E/R premiered on CBS
1992 - FCC voted to allow competition for local phone service.
1996- The jackpot wedge appeared for the first time on Wheel
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1303 (Earthquake) China
1849 - Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland.
1859 - Joshua Norton declared himself "Emperor of these
United States" and subsequently "Protector of Mexico",
renaming himself Norton !
1895 - The second U.S. battleship, but first named after a
state, the USS Maine was commissioned.
1908 - Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by
Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft
1947 - Jackie Robinson was named Rookie of Year by The Sporting
1964 - Bewitched premiered on ABC.
1965 - The Wild, Wild West and Hogan;s Heroes oremiered on
1967 - Mission Impossible premiered on CBS.
1967 - The Doors appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and perform
"Light My Fire". Sullivan had requested that the line "Girl
we couldn't get much higher" be changed for the show, but Jim
Morrison performed it the way it was written. The Doors never appeared
on the Ed Sullivan Show again.
1972 - The first episode of M.A.S.H. aired on CBS.
1976 - NASA publicly unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise
in Palmdale, California.
1978 - Battlestar Galactica premiered on ABC
1983 - Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America 1984.
1996- The O.J. Simpson civil trial began
2009 - Archer premiered on FX
2009 - Community premiered on NBC
2011 - The Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park,
New York City
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844 (Earthquake) Damasus, Syria
1793 - George Washington layed the cornerstone for the Capitol
building in Washington D.C.
1848 - Baseball rulet a 1st baseman can tag base for out instead
of the runner
1850 - Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which required
the return of escaped slaves to their owners.
1851 - The first edition of The New York Daily Times (now
The New York Times) was published.
1927 - With 18 stations in the US, The Columbia Broadcasting
System (CBS) went on the air.
1964 - The Addams Family debuted on ABC.
1965 - Get Smart and I Dream of Jeannie premiered on NBC
1970 - Jimi Hendrix (age 27) died in London.
1975 - Patty Hearst was captured by FBI agents and indicted.
1978 - WKRP in Cincinnati premiered on CBS
1987 - DuckTales premiered, in syndication
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1876 - Melville Bissell patented the first carpet sweeper.
1928 - Mickey Mouse's first screen appearance - Steamboat
Willie at the Colony Theater NYC.
1934 - Bruno Haptmann was arrested for kidnapping Charles
1952 - The Adventures of Superman premiered, in syndication
1961 - Betty and Barney Hill claimed to be abducted by aliens
in New Hampshire
1970 - The Mary Tyler Moore show premiered on CBS.
1975 - The alligator was removed from the endangered species
list in parts of Louisiana.
1976 - A UFO was reportedly seen over Tehran, Iran. Two F-4
Phantom II jets lost power during a chase.
1977 - The chairs on which Archie and Edith Bunker sat through
8 seasons of All in the Family were givento the Smithsonian Institution
1981 - Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel perform a reunion concert
in New York's Central Park.
1983 - Kiss performed on MTV without make-up for the first
1983 - The nighttime (syndicated) edition of the NBC daytime
game show Wheel of Fortune premiered
1983 - Welcom To Pooh Corner premiered on The Disney Channel
1984 - Highway To Heaven premiered on NBC
1986 - Captain EO with Michael Jackson premiered in Disney
1994- ER made its debut on NBC
2005 - How I Met Your Mother premiered on CBS
2007 - Kitchen Nightmares premiered on FOX
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1498 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Nankaido, Japan
1960 - The Flintstones debuted on ABC
1973 - An estimated 90 million people watched 'The Battle
of the Sexes.' Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a televised
tennis match at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
1977 - The Fonz jumped a shark on Happy Days, forever immortalizing
the phrase "jumping the shark" as a metaphor for when something
has passed its peak.
1979 - Buck Rogers in the 25th Century premiered on NBC
1984 - The Cosby Show premiered on NBC
1984 - Who's The Boss debuted on ABC.
1984 - The Cosby Show debuted on NBC.
1990 - The Flash premiered on CBS
1993 - Vicki Van Meter took off from Maine, landing in San
Diego three days later, becoming the youngest female pilot to fly
across the U.S.
1998 - The Iron Man Rested - Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal
Ripken, Jr. sat out a game, ending his consecutive MLB game playing
streak. Cal "Irom Man' Ripken played 2,632 consecutive games
over 16 seasons.
1999- Law & Order: SVU debuted on NBC
2006 - Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond was seriously injured
after crashing a car at 280 mph
2009 - Barack Obama appeared on five Sunday news/talk shows
on the same day: CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, CNN's State
of the Union with John King, NBC/MSNBC's Meet The Press and on Univision.
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1776 - Nathan Hale was captured by the British and accused
1897 - The New York Sun published it's editorial - Yes, Virginia,
there is a Santa Claus.
1937 - J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was published
1938 - Great Hurricane of 1938, New England Coast
1948 - Texaco Star Theater with Milton 'Uncle Miltie' Berle
premieres on NBC.
1957 - Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr premiered on CBS.
1969 - Steve O'Neal of the New York Jets kicked the first
98-yard punt against the Denver Broncos.
1970 - The first game of NFL Monday Night Football was played
between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. Cleveland won
1996 - John F. Kennedy, Jr. married Carolyn Bessette.
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1776 - Nathan Hale was hanged by the British as a spy for
the colonies during the Revolutionary War. In fairness to the British,
this war hero was spying on them.
1789 - The U.S. Post Office was established by congress.
1911 - Pitcher Cy Young beat Pittsburgh 1-0 for his final
career victory - number 511.
1920 - A Chicago Grand Jury convened to investigate charges
that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series. They
1964- Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway.
1964 - The Man from U.N.C.L.E. premiered on NBC.
1982 - tales of the Gold Monkey premiered on ABC
1985 - Farm Aid wast first broadcast, on TNN and in syndication
1986 - ALF debuted on NBC
1987 - Full House premiered on ABC
1989 - ABC debuted TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Friday) from
8:00pm to 10:00pm, a new programming block for Friday Nights with
four shows (Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, and Just
the Ten of Us)
1994 - Friends premiered on NBC
2002 - Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on a mysterious island,
beginning the six-season series of LOST.
2004 - Lost premiered on ABC
2009 - The Good Wife premiered on CBS
2011 - CERN scientists announced their discovery of neutrinos
breaking the speed of light. There were reasonably sure that the experimant
would not cause a black hole that would suck up the entire planet.
So far, so good.
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1551 (Tornado) Grand Harbour at Valletta, Malta
1642 - Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusettes, had its
first graduating class.
1846 - German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered
the planet Neptune.
1913 - Mark Sennet presented the first Keystone Cops film,
although some say it was Hoffmeyer's Legacy, in 1912.
1938 - A time capsule, to be opened in 6939, was buried at
World's Fair in NYC.
1957 - The first movie (1953) to become a TV series was How
to Marry a Millionaire. It was syndicated and not on a regular network.
1962- The Jetsons cartoon debuted on ABC - ABC's first full-color
1979 - Archie Bunker's Place debuted on CBS
1986 - The U.S. Congress voted the rose the official flower
of the US..
1988 - Jose Canseco became baseball's first player to steal
40 bases & hit 40 Home Runs in a season. He later admitted to
1992- Mad About You premiered on NBC.
2003 - NCIS premiered on CBS
2003 - One Tree Hill debuted on The WB
2009 - Modern Family premiered on ABC
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1789 - The United State's Post Office was formed.
1869 - Stock market panic due to crashing gold prices caused
by an attempt to corner the market by Gould and Fisk.
1948 - The Honda Motor Company was founded in Japan.
1954 - Tonight Show premiered on NBC, hosted by Steve Allan.
1957 - MLB's Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets
1964 - The Munsters premiered on CBS.
1968 - 60 Minutes debuted on CBS.
1977 - The Love Boat premiered on ABC
1992 - The Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy) debuted with Star Wars
2007 - The Big Bang Theory premiered on CBS
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1957 - United States Troops were called to escort nine Black
students to the all-white Little Rock Central High School in Little
1970 - The Partridge Family & The Odd Couple debuted on
1980 - Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died from an alcohol
induced asphyxiation. (Chocked on his own vomit)
1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first women
to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1997 - NBC's hospital drama ER was performed live on TV
2006 - Heroes premiered on NBC
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1957 - West Side Story opened on Broadway.
1960 - Longest speech in UN history at 4 hours and 29 minutess,
was given by Cuba's Fidel Castro.
1960 - American presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and
Richard M. Nixon debate on live television and radio. Radio listeners
said that Nixon won, and television viewers gave the win the Kennedy.
Look good, people!
1962 - Hillbilly comedy series Beverly Hillbillies premiered
1964 - Gilligan's Island premiered on CBS. Although scheduled
for a fourth season, CBS changed the hour-long Gunsmoke to Mondays,
displacing the 7 castaways.
1968 - Broadcast premiere of Hawaii Five-O on CBS
1969- The last Beatles album, Abbey Road, was released in
1969 - The Brady Bunch debuted on ABC.
1982 - Knight Rider premiered on NBC
1982 - At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert premiered,
1990 - Cop Rock debuted on ABC
1990 - The Motion Picture Association of America announced
a new rating of NC-17 to apply to adult films, replacing the "X"
1992 - Roseanne Barr got her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
1995 - George magazine premiered, published by John F Kennedy
2001 - Star Tek"Enterprise premiered on UPN
2010 (Volcano Eruption) Baroarbunga
2011 - History International was rebranded as H2 on cable
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1290 (Earthquake) Chihli, China
1540 - Pope Paul III approved the charter for the Society
of Jesus (Jesuits).
1650 (Volcano Eruption) Kolumbo
1903 - Wreck of the Old 97, travelling from Monroe, Virginia,
to Spencer, North Carolina, the train derailed at Stillhouse Trestle
near Danville, Virginia.
1905 - Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a
Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation
E=mc² was published.
1908 - Model T #0001 came out of Henry Ford's car factory
1912 - W C Handy published The Memphis Blues 1st Blues Song,
1937- The first Santa Claus training school opened in Albion,
1954 - The Tonight Show began broadcasting coast to coast
1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald visited the Cuban Consulate in Mexico.
More on him later.
1964 - The Warren Commission Report was given to President
Johnson today, and the general public on September 27. It concluded
that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President
John F. Kennedy, settling the issue. (it was not realy settled)
1998 Google launched it's li'l Search Engine.
1998 - Mark McGwire hit his record-setting 69th and 70th home
runs in the last game of the (regular) season.
2009 - The Cleveland Show premiered on FOX
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1850 - Flogging (whipping) in the Navy and Merchant Marines
was abolished by the US.
1889 - The first General Conference on Weights and Measures
(CGPM) defined the length of a 'meter' ('metre') as the distance between
two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent
iridium, measured at the melting point of ice. Since 1983, it has
been defined as "the length of the path travelled by light in
vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second,"
about 39.370 inches.
1920 - Eight Chicago White Sox players were indicted for fixing
the 1919 World Series in the "Black Sox scandal."
1941 - Ted Williams finished the MLB baseball season with
a .406 average.
1951 - The science-fiction classic film, The Day the Earth
Stood Still, was released.
1955 - First MLB World Series color TV was broadcast on NBC.
Yankees beat the Dodgers.
1963 - Tennessee Tuxedo cartoon debuted on CBS.
1967 - Walter Washington became the first mayor of the District
of Columbia (DC).
1980 - Carl Sagan's 13 part Cosmos premiered on PBS.
1984 - Miami Vice premiered on NBC
1987 - Star Tek: The Next Generation premiered, in syndication
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480 BC - Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles
defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I. This was a few weeks after
the famous Battle of Thermopylae (with King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans).
1829 -Scotland Yard went on patrol for the first time.
1938 - The Treaty of Munich was signed by Hitler, Benito Mussolini,
Daladier & Chamberlain. Contray to some overly optimistic high
hopes, it did not prevent World War II.
1957 - Kyshtym Disaster at Plutonium Production Plant, USSR
1960 - My Three Sons debuted on ABC.
1963 - The Judy Garland Show debuted on CBS
1963 - Rolling Stones 1st tour, opening for Bo Diddley and
The Everly Brothers.
1966 - The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced.
1969 - Love American Style premiered on ABC.
1975 - Singer Jackie Wilson had a heart attack on stage, resulting
in a 9-year coma. (He died in 1984)
1977 - Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band by Meco was the number
1979 - Gold hit $400/ounce for the first time.
1982 - Cheers premiered on NBC.
1985 - MacGyver debuted on ABC.
1985 - The first of seven cyanide-laced Tylenol victims died.
This event is what made manufacturers begin using tamper-proof packaging.
1988- The space shuttle Discovery was launched- the first
since the Challenger disaster.
1989 - Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of slapping a police officer
in Beverly Hills. The assault occured on June 14, 1989.
1990 - Millie's Book, written by 1st Lady Barbara Bush, about
the president's dog, a best-selling non-fiction book, was released.
1992 - Magic Johnson came out of retirement to play for the
Los Angeles Lakers after retiring less than a year earlier. He retired
again in 1996.
1994 - The 304 jurors and alternate jurors were chosen for
O.J. Simpson's murder trial.
1996 - Nintendo 64 video game system debuted in America. It
came aout in Japan a few months earlier.
2001- Yu-Gi-Oh! premiered on Kid's WB
2008 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 777.68 points,
the largest single-day point loss by that time in history.
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587 (Earthquake) Atioch (now Turkey)
1452 - Johann Guttenberg's Bible was published.
1659 - Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked.
1888 - "Jack the Ripper" killed two women, Liz Stride
& Kate Eddowes.
1911 - The first movie stuntman was hired as a stand-in for
'The Military Scout'.
1946 - 22 Nazi leaders were found guilty of war crimes at
the Nuremberg Trials.
1947 - The first World Series game was watched by an estimated
3.9 million people, television's first mass audience event.
1949 - The Berlin Airlift came to an end.
1951 - The Red Skelton Show debuted on NBC.
1954 - The Nautilus, the first atomic-powered submarine, was
commissioned by the US Navy.
1960- The Flintstones debuted on ABC during primetime.
1961 - The bill for Boston Tea Party (December 16, 1773) was
paid by Mayor Snyder of Portland who wrote a check (to 'Great Britain')
for $196, the total cost of all tea lost, but with no interest. This
factoid has been seen on several online websites, but we have been
unable to verify it.
1965 - Thunderbirds premiered on ITV, in the UK.
1975 - The Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier title fight from the
Philippines ("Thrilla in Manila") was sent via satellite
to the U. S. and shown on HBO
1982 - Cheers premiered on NBC
1984 - Murder She Wrote debuted on CBS
1985 - MacGyver debuted on ABC
1997 - Microsoft released Internet Explorer 4.0.