September 17 in Pop Culture History

September 17th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

September 17th History Highlights

  • 1630 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts was founded.
  • 1787 – Representatives voted to approve the United States’ Constitution.
  • 1914 The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Women’s Auxiliary was organized.
  • 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Baron”), a flying ace of the German Air Force, won his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.
  • 1954 – The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding was published.
  • 2011 – Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park, New York City.
  • 2013 – Grand Theft Auto V earned more than half a billion dollars on its first day of release.
  • If you were born on September 17th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… December 25th (prior year)

Constitution Week

The Congress, by a joint resolution of February 29, 1952 (36 U.S.C. 106), designated September 17 as “Citizenship Day,” and by joint resolution of August 2, 1956 (36 U.S.C. 108), requested that the President proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week.”

September 17th is…

Apple Dumpling Day
Citizenship Day
Constitution Day
Country Music Day

September 17th Birthday Quotes

“I don’t blame you for writing of me as you have. You had to believe other stories, but then I don’t know if anyone would believe anything good of me anyway.”
– Billy the Kid

“Take good care of your employees, and they’ll take good care of your customers, and the customers will come back.”
– J. Willard Marriott

“I never panic when I get lost. I just change where it is I want to go.”
– Rita Rudner

“The challenge, whenever you create anything, is to persevere and push away the negative voices. And the more you accomplish, the louder they get. The key is to shut them off and trust in your heart where you’re going.”
– Anne Bancroft

“I always have a point of view. It may not be right, but it’s my own.”
– Baz Luhrmann

“You know the oxygen masks on airplanes? I don’t think there’s really any oxygen. I think they’re just to muffle the screams.”
– Rita Rudner

September 17th Birthdays

1859 – Billy the Kid, American gunman (died in1881)
1900 – J. Willard Marriott, American businessman, founded the Marriott Corporation (died in 1985)
1907 – Warren E. Burger, American lawyer, and judge, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (died in 1995)
1923 – Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 1953)
1928 – Roddy McDowall, English-American actor (died in 1998)
1931 – Anne Bancroft, American actress (died in 2005)
1953 – Rita Rudner, American comedian
1962 – Baz Luhrmann, Australian director, producer, and screenwriter
1965 – Kyle Chandler, American actor
1979 – Flo Rida, American rapper
1990 – Pixie Geldof, English model and singer

September 17th History

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 premiered on CBS.

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

2005 – #1 Hit September 17, 2005 – November 25, 2005: Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger

2009 – Archer premiered on FX

2009 – Community premiered on NBC

2011 – #1 Hit September 17, 2011 – November 11, 2011: Adele – Someone Like You

2011 – The Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park, New York City

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head” #songlyrics

To be called inconsistent, you have to be consistently inconsistent. Making you consistent.

Charlie Brown is a comic strip about a depressed and lonely 6-year-old that never has anything goes his way and we read it and laugh.

The NES, SNES, N64, and GameCube were all released for the same list price in North America: $199

People on Scooby-Doo always dressed up as monsters to show that people are the real monsters. #deepcartoonthoughts

There might be particles that do move faster than the speed of light, but we just wouldn’t be able to see them. #science

“Hello, gorgeous” – Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) #moviequotes

How is the letter “W” spelled out with more than one letter? Doubleyou? Dubalyoo?

The line “Luke, I am your father” is never spoken. The actual line is; “No, I am your father.”

<spoiler>In “The Sixth Sense”, do you remember the man in the hairpiece? That’s Bruce Willis, the whole movie!</spoiler>

On the other hand, you’ve got five fingers.

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