September 5 in Pop Culture History

September 5th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

September 5th History Highlights

  • 1774 – The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1881 – Michigan’s Great Fire of 1881 killed at least 125 people. It was the first disaster that the American Red Cross assisted with.
  • 1914 – Babe Ruth hit his first professional Home Run.
  • 1972 – 11 members of the Israeli Olympic Team were assassinated at the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany.
  • 1975 – Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme attempted to assassinate US President Gerald Ford.
  • September 5 Birthday (fictional) Clifford the Big Red Dog, Book/Cartoon
  • September 5 Birthday (fictional) Pluto, Disney
  • If you were born on September 5th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… December 13th (prior year)

1972 Olympic Village Olympiad Massacre

11 Israeli Olympians and their coaches were murdered in the Olympic Village in Munich, West Germany, on Tuesday, September 5, 1972, in a terrorist attack by a group called Black September. Israeli athletes, coaches and other members of the Israeli Olympic team entered the Olympic village in Munich, West Germany, to take control of a building where 13 Israeli hostages were held by Arab terrorists, while two others were killed.

In total, 11 Israeli hostages were killed, along with five terrorists and a German policeman, in an extensive firefight that began at 11 PM and lasted until 1: 30 AM.

September 5th is…

Be Late for Something Day
Cheese Pizza Day

September 5th Birthday Quotes

“Work hard, don’t quit, be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful, also to never whine ever, never complain, and, always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.”
– Michael Keaton

“You ever hear Buddy Miles play the drums? You know, he doesn’t vary the tempo at all.”
– Miles Davis

“Once you get rid of the idea that you must please other people before you please yourself, and you begin to follow your own instincts – only then can you be successful. You become more satisfied, and when you are, other people will tend to be satisfied by what you do.”
– Raquel Welch

“Why should I downplay myself to make someone else more comfortable?”
– Rose McGowan

“There isn’t anything in the world that can’t be made better.”
– Jack Valenti

September 5th Birthdays

1847 – Jesse James, American outlaw (died in 1882)
1897 – Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst, founded ACNielsen (died in 1980)
1902 – Darryl F. Zanuck, American director, producer and screenwriter (died in 1979)
1906 – Ralston Crawford, American painter, lithographer, and photographer (died in 1978)
1912 – Frank Thomas, American voice actor, and animator (died in 2004)
1921 – Jack Valenti, American businessman, created the MPAA film rating system (died in 2007)
1929 – Bob Newhart, American comedian, and actor
1939 – Claudette Colvin, American nurse, and activist
1939 – George Lazenby, Australian actor, James Bond #2
1940 – Raquel Welch, American actress, and sex symbol
1945 – Al Stewart, Scottish singer-songwriter
1947 – Buddy Miles, American singer-songwriter and drummer (died in 2008)
1951 – Michael Keaton, American actor
1973 – Rose McGowan, American actress

September 5th History

1666 – Great Fire of London ended, 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 citizens were  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 22?0 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.

September 5 Birthday (fictional) Pluto, Disney

1939 – President FDR declared US neutrality at the 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 Olympics.

1964 – #1 Hit September 5, 1964 – September 25, 1964: The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun

1972 – Eleven Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists at that 1972 Munich Olympics.

1975 – Lynette “Squeaky” 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.

September 5 Birthday (fictional) Clifford the Big Red Dog, Book/Cartoon

1997 – Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.

1997 – Ally McBeal premiered on FOX

1998 – #1 Hit September 5, 1998 – October 2, 1998: Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

2001 – The Amazing Race premiered on CBS

2007 – Torchwood premiered on BBC America

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Five Card Poker Odds, nothing wild: Three of a Kind – Three of the same numbered or “face” card, 1 in 50

Nothing is on fire. Fire is on things.

Slash (born in 1965) was almost a member of the “27 club.” His heart stopped for 8 minutes after an overdose at a San Francisco hotel in 1992.

Our second thought, after meeting aliens, will be to wonder what they taste like, and how best to cook them.

Before his ‘Goosebumps’ books made him a household name, R.L. Stine was the creator and head writer for Nick Jr.’s Eureeka’s Castle (1989-1995)

“Live long and prosper” – Spock ( Star Trek)

The Jonestown Flavor Aid poison consisted of Cyanide, Valium, Choral Hydrate, and Phenergan.

Fred the Baker said “Time to make the donuts” for Dunkin Donuts, and was played by Michael Vale.

Nikola Tesla is now best known for not being well known.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” – Mark Twain

Helping kids is the equivalent of going back in time and changing events in a person’s past to eliminate problems they have as adults.

A group of Vipers is called a Generation or Nest.

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