September 3 in Pop Culture History

September 3rd Fun Facts, Trivia and History

September 3rd History Highlights

  • 1777 – During the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge, the Flag of the United States was flown in battle for the first time.
  • 1833 – The New York Sun began publication; it was the first successful “sensationalistic” newspaper.
  • 1838 – Frederick Douglass escaped slavery via a train from Baltimore, through Wilmington DE, Philadelphia, and New York City via the “Underground Railroad.”
  • 1950 – “Nino” Farina became the first Formula One Drivers’ champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.
  • If you were born on September 3rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… December 11th (prior year)

First Week of September: National Waffle Week

Cornelius Swartwout was granted his first patent (US Patent #94043) in 1869 for the invention of the waffle iron; pouring the mix, closing the lid, turn it over after a few minutes and place in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until it melts. The holiday is often celebrated in conjunction with National Waffle Day, a celebration of waffles, which are celebrated for their characteristic honeycomb pattern made possible by the toaster iron and can be served in various ways. It can also be used to celebrate the birth of a new generation of toasters and irons, as well as the inventions of those who celebrated them.

Nothing beats the crunch and crisp of waffles. Even though pancakes have long dominated the standard breakfast industry globally, waffles are slowly and steadily taking charge. And why shouldn’t they?

Considering how well they hold butter and syrup, their popularity speaks for itself. However, waffles aren’t exactly a recent discovery. According to some historians of culinary arts, waffles date back to Ancient Greece when chefs used metal plates to roast flat cakes.

Earlier, these flat cakes were known as “obelios,” but they weren’t sweet like modern-day waffles. However, Greece was not the only one using this method of cooking. Medieval Europe also practiced making “oublies” or wafers using water and flour a few years later. However, soon enough, ingredients such as honey, butter, cream, and spices came into the equation. Over time, regular flat cakes turned into a doughier and thicker consistency and later came to be known as “wafel.”

More serious developments  came about in the 15th Century when Dutch chefs started using rectangular plates with a boxed pattern to make “wafel.” While concrete evidence is yet to be discovered, many experts opine that the modern grid pattern was influenced by earlier practices when chefs started cooking less batter as compared to the surface area.

Hence, many people believe that the Dutch were the first people to bring waffles to America, at a time when waffle irons weren’t common. Ever since the 1950s, waffles have grown in popularity and are enjoyed as a standard breakfast all over the world. Today, there’s no limit to how and when you can have waffles. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this tasty treat is a perfect companion to your taste buds.

September 3rd is…

Bowling League Day
Skyscraper Day
Welsh Rabbit Day

September 3rd Birthday Quotes

“Advice is a cheap commodity some seek it from me about crime, I know only one thing for sure, If you want to make crime pay, Go to Law School.”
– Whitey Bulger

“The best way to not get your heartbroken, is pretending you don’t have one.”
– Charlie Sheen

“The blues ain’t nothin’ but a botheration on your mind.”
– Memphis Slim

“It is not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts.”
– Mort Walker

“It never occurred to me that I looked like a movie star.”
– Kitty Carlisle

“I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.”
– Ferdinand Porsche

September 3rd Birthdays

1811 – John Humphrey Noyes, American activist, founded the Oneida Community (died in 1886)
1875 – Ferdinand Porsche, Austrian-German engineer, and businessman, founded Porsche (died in 1951)
1910 – Kitty Carlisle, American actress and game show panelist (died in 2007)
1913 – Alan Ladd, American actor (died in 1964)
1915 – Memphis Slim, American singer-songwriter and pianist (died in 1988)
1919 – Phil Stern, American soldier, and photographer (died in 2014)
1921 – Marguerite Higgins, American journalist and author (died in 1966)
1923 – Mort Walker, American cartoonist, Beetle Bailey (died in 2018)
1929 – Whitey Bulger, American organized crime boss (died in 2018)
1965 – Charlie Sheen, American actor
1975 – Redfoo, American singer-songwriter
1986 – OMI, Jamaican singer

September 3rd History

1189 – Richard The Lion-Hearted was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.

1192 – King Richard settled peace with Muslim general Saladin, allowing Christian pilgrims and merchants access to Muslim-held Jerusalem.

1752 – September 3-13 never happened for many, thanks to Great Britain adopting the Gregorian calendar. People rioted, believing that the government had stolen 11 days of their lives

1777 – At Cooch’s Bridge, in Newark Delaware, an early skirmish of the American Revolutionary War took place, where the Flag of the United States was flown in battle for the first time.

1783 – The Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War.

1813 – Uncle Sam was seen for the first time, in Troy, New York.

1833 – The first issue of the New York Sun, New York’s first penny paper, was published.

1838 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery.

1928 – Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,191st and last career hit.

1935 – 1st automobile to exceed 300 mph, Sir Malcolm Campbell (301.337 mph)

1944 – Anne Frank and her family were placed on the last transport train from the Westerbork transit camp to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and arrived three days later.

1950 – The Beetle Bailey, the comic strip, debuted.

1951 – Search for Tomorrow premiered on CBS.

1955 – #1 Hit September 3, 1955 – October 14, 1955: Mitch Miller – The Yellow Rose of Texas

1966 – #1 Hit September 3, 1966 – September 9, 1966: Donovan – Sunshine Superman

1976 – The American Viking 2 spacecraft landed at Utopia Planitia on Mars.

1978 – John Paul I was elected as the 264th Pope. He died 33 days later.

1983 – #1 Hit September 3, 1983 – September 9, 1983: Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

1992 – Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos was canceled 34 minutes into the program. Just about everyone involved was fired.

1995 – eBay was founded.

1996 – Viking II landed on Mars.

2004 – The Beslan school hostage crisis ended on its third day with the deaths of over 300 people, more than half of whom are children.

2008Sons of Anarchy premiered on FX

September 3, 2010Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam aired on The Disney Channel

#1 Hit – September 3, 2016November 25, 2016: Chainsmokers featuring Halsey – Closer

#1 Hit September 3, 2022 – October 7, 2022: As It WasHarry Styles

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

In the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty,” it never says he’s an egg.

“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” – Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper) in Pride of the Yankees, The Pride of the Yankees, 1942

Letting helium balloons fly off into the sky is about the coolest way to litter. #ithinkofyouandletitgo

Charlie Chan was based on a real detective. Chang Apana, a Hawaiian police officer, carried a bullwhip instead of a gun and once arrested 40 people singlehandedly with it.

“I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.” – Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) #moviequotes

One of the 7 Wonders of the Middle Ages: Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul, Turkey ~ construction began 570 AD, noted missing, and probably plundered for gold and jewelry by the 5th century AD.

Default settings rule the world.

Gene Roddenberry devised the names for his characters Khan (Khan Noonien Singh) and Data’s father Noonien Soong in the hopes that a friend he had met in WWII would recognize his name and contact him.

Brave New World – a phrase invented by William Shakespeare

In 1977, Glen Robinson won two Oscars in the same category. He had worked on the special effects of King Kong and Logan’s Run which had tied for the Special Effects Oscar. He is the only person to ever have done this.

The Capital of Macedonia is Skopje

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