► 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 Philadelphia.
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 1948 - The United Nation's World Health Organization
► 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,
► 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
► 1979 - Pioneer 2 flew past Saturn discovering an eleventh
moon and two new rings.
► 1982 - The United States Air Force Space Command was
► 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
► 2004 - Chechen terrorists took over 1,000 schoolchildren
and others hostage in Beslan, Russia.
► 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
► 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
► 1754 (Earthquake) Cairo, Egypt
► 1789 - The United States Treasury Department was established.
► 1837 - General Sherman taook Atlanta, after four weeks
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 1783 - The Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary
► 1813 - Uncle Sam was seen for the first time, in Troy,
► 1833 - The first issue of the New York Sun, New York's
first penny paper, was published.
► 1838 - Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escaped
► 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 (301.337 mph)
► 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 on Mars.
► 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
► 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 children.
► 2008 - Sons of Anarchy premiered on FX
► 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 school.
► 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 Olympics.
► 1995- The series Xena: Warrior Princess which starred
Lucy Lawless made its debut
► 2000 - Caillou & Clifford the Big Red Dog debuted
► 2002 - Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American
Idol on FOX
► 2012 - Live! with Kelly became Live! with Kelly and
Michael, when Michael Strahan became the permanant co-host
► 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
► 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
► 1939 - President FDR declared US neutrality at start
of WW II in Europe.
► 1949 - Willard Frank Libby announced his discovery
of Radiocarbon dating.
► 1960 - Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) won the gold
medal in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Rome
► 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 stopped."
► 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 Couric.
► 1997 - Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age
► 1997 - Ally McBeal premiered on FOX
► 2001 - The Amazing Race premiered on CBS
► 2007 - Torchwood premiered on BBC America
► 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,
► 1943 - A Pennsylvania Railroad train derailed at Frankford
Junction in Philadelphia, killing 79 people and injuring 117
► 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
► 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
► 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.
► 1251 BC - A solar eclipse marked the birth of legendary
► 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.
► 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 people.
► 1963 - The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton,
► 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
► 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
► 1985 - Star Wars: Ewoks and Star Wars: Droids premiered
► 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
► 1504 - Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Piazza
della Signoria in Florence.
► 1860 - The steamship Lady Elgin sank in Lake Michigan,
killing nealy 300.
► 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
► 1921 - 16-year-old Margaret Gorman won the Atlantic
City Pageant's Golden Mermaid trophy. Pageant officials later
called her the first Miss America.
► 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
► 1954 - The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO)
► 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 album.
► 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 summer fires.
► 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.
► 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
► 1839 - John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph.
He also named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus,
among other achievements.
► 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
► 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 was established.
► 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
► 1993 - The Palestine Liberation Organization officially
recognized Israel as a legitimate state.
► 1999 - Sega released the first 128-bit video game
console, the Dreamcast.
► 2006 - Bleach premiered on Adult Swim
► 1608 - James Smith was elected President of Jamestown
colony (in Virginia)
► 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.
► 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
► 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
► 1966 - The Rolling Stones made another appearance
on The Ed Sullivan Show
► 1995 - Sailor Moon made its debut in the US for the
► 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.
► 1609 - Henry Hudson began his exploration of the Hudson
► 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 fourth time.
► 1966 - The Monkees debuted on NBC.
► 1970 - Josie and the Pussycats premiered on CBS Saturday
► 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 to Earth.
► 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.
► 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 first time.
► 1969 - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! premiered on TV.
► 1970 - The first New York City Marathon was won by
► 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
► 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 Hall, London.
► 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
► 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 today.
► 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.
► 1949 - The Lone Ranger premiered on ABC-TV, starring
► 1959 - Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrived in the U.S.
for an unprecedented visit.
► 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 on CBS.
► 1965 - Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on
► 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
► 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
► 2004 - The National Hockey League lockout began, cancelling
the 2004-2005 season.
► 1620 - The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England
with 102 Pilgrims.
► 1630 - The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed
its name to Boston.
► 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
► 1984 - Miami Vice premiered on NBC
► 1984 - E/R premiered on CBS
► 1992 - FCC voted to allow competition for local phone
► 1996- The jackpot wedge appeared for the first time
on Wheel Of Fortune
► 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 crashed.
► 1947 - Jackie Robinson was named Rookie of Year by
The Sporting News.
► 1964 - Bewitched premiered on ABC.
► 1965 - The Wild, Wild West and Hogan;s Heroes oremiered
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 1970 - Jimi Hendrix (age 27) died in London.
► 1975 - Patty Hearst was captured by FBI agents and
► 1978 - WKRP in Cincinnati premiered on CBS
► 1987 - DuckTales premiered, in syndication
► 1876 - Melville Bissell patented the first carpet
► 1928 - Mickey Mouse's first screen appearance - Steamboat
Willie at the Colony Theater NYC.
► 1934 - Bruno Haptmann was arrested for kidnapping
Charles Lindbergh's baby.
► 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
► 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
► 1983 - The nighttime (syndicated) edition of the NBC
daytime game show Wheel of Fortune premiered
► 1983 - Welcom To Pooh Corner premiered on The Disney
► 1984 - Highway To Heaven premiered on NBC
► 1986 - Captain EO with Michael Jackson premiered in
Disney theme parks.
► 1994- ER made its debut on NBC
► 2005 - How I Met Your Mother premiered on CBS
► 2007 - Kitchen Nightmares premiered on FOX
► 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
► 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.
► 1776 - Nathan Hale was captured by the British and
accused of spying.
► 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
► 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 31-21.
► 1996 - John F. Kennedy, Jr. married Carolyn Bessette.
► 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 did.
► 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
► 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.
► 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
► 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 using steroids.
► 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
► 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
► 1957 - MLB's Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game
at Ebbets Field.
► 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
► 2007 - The Big Bang Theory premiered on CBS
► 1957 - United States Troops were called to escort
nine Black students to the all-white Little Rock Central High
School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
► 1970 - The Partridge Family & The Odd Couple debuted
► 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
► 2006 - Heroes premiered on NBC
► 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 on CBS.
► 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 the US.
► 1969 - The Brady Bunch debuted on ABC.
► 1982 - Knight Rider premiered on NBC
► 1982 - At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert
premiered, in syndication
► 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
► 1992 - Roseanne Barr got her star on Hollywood's Walk
► 1995 - George magazine premiered, published by John
F Kennedy Jr.
► 2001 - Star Tek"Enterprise premiered on UPN
► 2010 (Volcano Eruption) Baroarbunga
► 2011 - History International was rebranded as H2 on
► 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
► 1912 - W C Handy published The Memphis Blues 1st Blues
► 1937- The first Santa Claus training school opened
in Albion, New York.
► 1954 - The Tonight Show began broadcasting coast to
coast on NBC
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 1957 - Kyshtym Disaster at Plutonium Production Plant,
► 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 one song.
► 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
► 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,
► 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
► 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
► 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.