September 18 in Pop Culture History

September 18th Fun Facts, Trivia and History

September 18th History Highlights

  • 1797 – The first cornerstone of the United States Capitol was laid by George Washington.
  • 1809 – The Royal Opera House in London opened.
  • 1851 – The New York Times (The New-York Daily Times) was first published.
  • 1947 – The United States Air Force was established.
  • If you were born on September 18th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… December 26th (prior year)

Old Faithful

In 1870, 14 men, led by Henry Washburn, the surveyor of Montana, set out to explore the area known as Yellowstone. They made detailed maps and observations while exploring numerous lakes, climbing several mountains, and observing wildlife during their exploration.

They visited the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins, climbed several peaks, tried to descend into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and descended and climbed to the top of the Great Basin, the highest point in the United States. They traveled to Tower Fall Canyon and Yellowstone Lake, followed the lake’s east and south shores, explored the Lower Middle and Upper Geyser Basins. After observing the regularity of eruptions from one of these geysers, they decided to call it Old Faithful, after Henry D. Washburn, a surveyor, and geologist from Montana.

September 18th is…

Air Force Birthday
Cheeseburger Day
HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
IT Professionals Day
Rice Krispies Treat Day

Rice Krispies

The buttery, gooey and sticky treats made out of rice grains are one of the most sought-after options for breakfast across the world. Yes, we’re talking about Rice Krispies. Before the infamous cereal was first introduced to the world in 1928, there was an interesting chain of events that led to its discovery. 

In 1916, a dessert book featured a similar recipe for “Wheat Squares.” The recipe was also included in a famous cookbook of the time, written by Lucy Maltby in 1938

The Rice Krispies Treats we know today were invented in 1939 by Melitta Jensen and Mildred Day at the Kellogg Company home economics department as a fundraiser for Camp Fire Girls.

During the summer of 1939, Mildred Day sold hundreds of treats in a very small Michigan town. Her accidental idea was a huge hit among the locals overnight. Later on, the campfire leader customized her recipe and added a sweet flavor to the “Puffed Rice Brittles.”

However, again, sometime later, Mildred Day again made minor changes in the recipe and added marshmallows, making it the classic modern-day Rice Krispies cereal that the entire world adores.

From classrooms to birthday parties, the cereal didn’t take long to take over almost every occasion ever since its advent. However, the cereal started getting sold commercially in 1995 when Kellogg’s began production in bulk for grocery stores. Today, these treats are available in many shapes and colors for both seasonal and holiday promotions. They are also called ‘Rice Krispie Treats’, ‘RKTs’, ‘bars’, or ‘buns’ and alternatively ‘cakes’, ‘Marshmallow Treats’, ‘Marshmallow Squares’, or ‘Rice Krispies Squares’ in Canada, and ‘LCMs’ in Australia.

September 18th Birthday Quotes

“Nothing really worth having is easy to get. The hard-fought battles, the goals won with sacrifice, are the ones that matter.”
– Aisha Tyler

“Any chance I had to get in front of people – amateur talent contests at movie houses like the Broadway, the president – I took.”
– Frankie Avalon

“I just admire everybody and sit in awe and watch them.”
– Fred Willard

“There is no such thing as an average human being. If you have a normal brain, you are superior.”
– Benjamin Carson

“Karaoke is the great equalizer.”
– Aisha Tyler

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be let alone!’ There is all the difference.”
– Greta Garbo

September 18th Birthdays

1709 – Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer, and poet (d. 1784)
1733 – George Read, American lawyer, and politician (died in 1798)
1905 – Greta Garbo, Swedish-American actress (d. 1990)
1910 – Joseph F. Enright, American captain (d. 2000)
1917 – June Foray, American actress and voice artist (d. 2017)
1920 – Jack Warden, American actor (d. 2006)
1924 – J. D. Tippit, American police officer (d. 1963)
1926 – Joe Kubert, American comic book author and illustrator (d. 2012)
1933 – Robert Blake, American actor
1933 – Jimmie Rodgers, American singer-songwriter
1940 – Frankie Avalon, American singer, and actor
1945 – John McAfee, Scottish-American computer programmer, founded McAfee
1951 – Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon, author, and politician
1961 – James Gandolfini, American actor, and producer (d. 2013)
1964 – Holly Robinson Peete, American actress
1970 – Aisha Tyler, American actress
1971 – Lance Armstrong, American cyclist
1971 – Jada Pinkett Smith, American actress
1973 – James Marsden, American actor
1974 – Xzibit, American rapper
1976 – Ronaldo, Brazilian footballer
1981 – Jennifer Tisdale, American actress

September 18th History

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1793 – George Washington laid the cornerstone for the Capitol building in Washington D.C.

1848 – Baseball ruled that 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 radio stations in the US, The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) went on air.

1961 – #1 Hit September 18, 1961 – October 8, 1961: Bobby VeeTake Good Care of My Baby

1964 – The Addams Family debuted on ABC.

1965Get Smart and I Dream of Jeannie premiered on NBC

1970 – Jimi Hendrix (age 27) died in London.

1975 – Patty Hearst was captured by FBI agents and indicted.

1976 – #1 Hit September 18, 1976 – October 8, 1976: Wild CherryPlay That Funky Music

1978WKRP in Cincinnati premiered on CBS

1987 – DuckTales premiered, in syndication

1999 – #1 Hit September 18, 1999 – October 8, 1999: TLCUnpretty

2010 – #1 Hit September 18, 2010 – October 1, 2010: Katy PerryTeenage Dream

#1 Hit September 18, 2021 – September 24, 2021: Way 2 SexyDrake featuring Future and Young Thug

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

We should surround sarcastic text with curly brackets. {Oh, what a great idea!}

“Oh, you just put lotion on? You’re not going anywhere.” -Doorknobs

Dido – Real Name: Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong

“How you doin’?” – Joey Tribbiani (Friends)

Scar really had bad timing when taking over the throne as the Lion King during a horrible drought.

Being a VFX artist, no one will ever believe my UFO footage is real.

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” – Robert Frost

Elvis Presley was born a twinless twin – his brother, Jesse Presley, was stillborn.

If you want the right answer on the internet, post the wrong one

Radar is an acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging.

Ironically, The One Ring from Lord of The Rings is probably the most replicated ring ever.

Benjamin Franklin designed one of the first US coins and instead of “In God We Trust” it said “Mind Your Business”

A group of Wolves (at rest) is called a Pack.

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