September 1st History, Trivia and Fun Facts
September 1st History Highlights
Chicken Boy’s “Birthday”
High above Figueroa Street in Highland Park, a giant statue of a robotic boy with a chicken head holding a bucket is towering. It is the fiberglass statue of a boy with a chicken head stands 22 feet high on Route 66, holding a bucket of chickens. Chicken Boy has lived in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, on the corner of Sixth Street and Main Street, since the 1960s. In 2007, Chicken Boy found a new home in Highland Park, on the corner of Figueroa Street and Main Street, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. On October 17, 2007, it was placed at the intersection of Sixth Street and Main Avenue, just a few blocks from the statue’s original location.
September 1st is…
Cherry Popover Day
Emma Nutt Day
No Rhyme or Reason Day
September 1st Birthday Quotes
“To win takes a complete commitment of mind and body. When you can’t make that commitment, they don’t call you a champion anymore.”
“There isn’t anything I have to be afraid of, love is the answer.”
“If I had followed my better judgment always, my life would have been a very dull one.”
“Being offended by freedom of speech should never be regarded as a justification for violence.”
“I’m the kind of girl who thinks about what she’s gonna cook for dinner when she’s finishing her lunch.”
“You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.”
“Listen to advice, but follow your heart.”
“I don’t mind if people look at me like I’m crazy. I’m just being me.”
September 1st Birthdays
1653 – Johann Pachelbel, German organist, composer, and educator (died in 1706)
1854 – Engelbert Humperdinck, German playwright, and composer (died in 1921)
1866 – James J. Corbett, American boxer (died in 1933)
1875 – Edgar Rice Burroughs, American author (died in 1950)
1907 – Walter Reuther, American union leader, founded United Auto Workers (died in 1970)
1923 – Rocky Marciano, American boxer (died in 1969)
1924 – Hal Douglas, American voice actor (died in 2014)
1926 – Gene Colan, American comic book illustrator (died in 2011)
1933 – Conway Twitty, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 1993)
1938 – Alan Dershowitz, American lawyer, and author
1944 – Archie Bell, American soul singer-songwriter
1946 – Barry Gibb, English singer-songwriter
1950 – ‘Doctor Phil’ McGraw, American psychologist, author, and talk show host
1957 – Gloria Estefan, Cuban-American singer-songwriter
1959 – Joe Jusko, American comic book illustrator and painter
1961 – Boney James, American saxophonist
1964 – Holly Golightly, American comic book author and illustrator
1970 – Padma Lakshmi, Indian-American actress
1994 – Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016
1996 – Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, American actress
September 1st History
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) affected 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.
September 1, 19** Birthday (fictional) Jonathan Kent, DC Comics
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.
September 1, 1980 – The Apple III was released.
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.
1984 – #1 Hit September 1, 1984 – September 21, 1984: Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with It
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.
1990 – #1 Hit September 1, 1990 – September 7, 1990: Sweet Sensation – If Wishes Came True
1991- E! News had its 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. and became a basic cable ‘free’ channel..
2004 – Chechen terrorists took over 1,000 schoolchildren and others hostage, in Beslan, Russia.
2012 – #1 Hit September 1, 2012 – September 28, 2012: Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
September isn’t the seventh month, and October isn’t the eighth.
A group of Zebras is called a Zeal or Crossing or Dazzle or Cohorts or Herd.
Accordion to a recent survey, replacing words with the names of musical instruments often goes unnoticed.
Marvel’s Death’s Head who has made appearances in Transformers and Doctor Who, connecting all three universes.
“They call me ”Mister” Tibbs!” – Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) #moviequotes
George Lucas’ dog was named Indiana.
Pablo Escobar was regarded as the wealthiest criminal in history, with an estimated net worth of $30 billion by the early 1990s.
If you don’t think history is important, you don’t think what you are doing is important.
Judy Garland – Real Name: Frances Gumm
25 sheets of copy paper are called a quire and 20 quires make up a ream.
Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.
Actor Wilford Brimley was once Howard Hughes’ bodyguard.
“So that’s that story of the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow? You spent three days here, lying on a beach… drinking rum?”
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