On Your Birthday: October 9



1002 – Explorer Leif Erickson lands in America.

1701 – The Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in New Haven. The name was later changed to Yale.

1781 – The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown, VA. The American forces, led by George Washington, defeated the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.

1855 – Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor.

1855 – Joshua C. Stoddard received a patent for his calliope.

1858 – Mail service via stagecoach began between San Francisco, CA, and St. Louis, MO.

1872 – Aaron Montgomery started his mail order business with the delivery of the first mail order catalog. The firm later became Montgomery Wards.

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson made their longest telephone call to date. It was a distance of two miles.

1888 – The Washington Monument is officially opened to the public.

1919 – The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when eight Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game. The incident became known as the “Black Sox” scandal.

1930 – After landing in Glendale, CA, aviator Laura Ingalls completed the first solo transcontinental flight across the U.S. by a woman

1936 – The first generator at Boulder Dam (which was later renamed Hoover Dam) began transmitting electricity 266 miles away to Los Angeles, CA.

1946 – The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, VA.

1967 – Doc Severinsen became musical director of “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”. He replaced Skitch Henderson.

1985 – A 2½ acre garden memorial was dedicated to John Lennon by his widow Yoko Ono. The memorial is located in New York City’s Central Park is called Strawberry Fields.

1986 – Joan Rivers debuted on late night television talk show “The Late Show” on FOX.

1995 – An Amtrak Sunset Limited train was derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, AZ. One person was killed and a hundred were injured.

2000 – Brett Hull (of the Dallas Stars) scored his 611th National Hockey League goal. The goal allowed him to pass his father, Bobby Hull, on the all time scoring list bringing him to number 9.

2003 – The ride “Mission: Space” opens to the public in Epcot at Walt Disney World. The opening ceremony included several astronauts from all eras of space exploration.

2003 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II knighted Roger Moore and made Sting a Commander of the British Empire.

2009 – NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). On November 13, it was announced that water had been discovered in the planned impact plume on the moon.

2012 – Jerry Sandusky, the disgraced Penn State football coach, is sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for molesting young boys.



Nona Hendryx 1942 – Vocalist (Labelle)

Jackson Browne 1948 – Musician (“Doctor, My Eyes”) and co-wrote The Eagles’ “Take It Easy”)

Robert Wuhl 1951 – Actor (TV’s “Arliss”)

Sharon Osbourne 1952 – TV talk show co-host, judge (TV’s “The Talk”, “America’s Got Talent”, “The X Factor”)

Tony Shalhoub 1953 – Actor (TV’s “Monk”, “Wings”, “We Are Men”, “Stark Raving Mad”, movies “Galaxy Quest”, “Spy Kids”, “The Siege”)

Scott Bakula 1954 – Actor (TV’s “Men of a Certain Age”, “Quantum Leap”, “Star Trek: Enterprise”, “Murphy Brown”)

Michael Paré 1958 – Actor (“Eddie and the Cruisers”, “Streets of Fire”, TV’s “The Greatest American Hero”)

Sean Lennon 1975 – Singer, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Randy Spelling 1978 – Actor (TV’s “Malibu Shores”)

Chris O’Dowd 1979 – Actor (“Calvary”, “St. Vincent”, “Thor: The Dark World”, “This Is 40”, “Pirate Radio”, “Friends With Kids”)

Brandon Routh 1979 – Actor (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, “Superman Return”, TV’s “One Life to Live”, “Undressed”)

Zachery Ty Bryan 1981 – Actor (TV’s “Home Improvement”)

Tyler James Williams 1992 – Actor (TV’s “Everybody Hates Chris”, “Go On”)

Scotty McCreery 1993 – Singer (Winner of “American Idol” Season 10)



Beer and Pizza Day

Curious Events Day

Fire Prevention Day

Moldy Cheese Day

World Post Day


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