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September 5th In Pop Culture 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 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.

September 5 Birthday (fictional) Pluto, Disney

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 Olympics.

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

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 "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

September 5th Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Rose McGowan (1973)
Raquel Welch (1940)
Dweezil Zappa (1969)
Bob Newhart (1929)
Loudon Wainwright III (1946)
Jesse James (1847)
Jack Daniel (1846)
Freddy Mercury (1947)
The "a" came from the first letter of the product's scientific name, acetylsalicylic acid. The "spir" came from Spiraea ulmaria, the meadowsweet plant, which was the original source of the compound. The "in" was a common suffix for medications in the late nineteenth century, when aspirin was first marketed.
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