September 1

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1796 – Mackinaw Island became U.S. territory when the British finally left 13 years after the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War.

1799 – The Bank of Manhattan Company opened in New York City, NY. It later became known as Chase Manhattan.

1810 – John J. Wood patented the first plow with interchangeable parts.

1859 – The Pullman sleeping car was introduced to train travelers.

1878 – Emma M. Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the United States. She had been recruited by Alexander Graham Bell to the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company.

1887 – A application for a patent was filed by Emile Berliner. His invention was the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. We know it as a record player. Thomas Edison collaborated on the idea to make it work.

1897 – The Tremont Street Subway in Boston, MA opened, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.

1906 – Jack Coombs of the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics pitched 24 innings against the Boston Red Sox.

1914 – The last known passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.

1922 – The first daily news program began on radio. It was “The Radio Digest”. It was heard on WBAY radio in New York City, NY.

1934 – The first Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animated cartoon, “The Discontented Canary”, was released to movie theaters.

1939 – World War II began when Germany invaded Poland.

1945 – The U.S. received official word of Japan’s formal surrender that ended World War II. In Japan, it was actually September 2nd.

1952 – “The Old Man and the Sea”, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, was first published.

1956 – Elvis Presley shared his success by purchasing his mother a pink Cadillac.

1970 – The last episode of “I Dream of Jeannie” aired on NBC-TV. The show premiered on September 18, 1965.

1971 – Danny Murtaugh, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, gave his lineup card to the umpire with the names of nine black baseball players on it. This was a first for Major League Baseball.

1974 – The SR-71 Blackbird set the record for flying from New York, NY to London in the time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1,435.587 miles per hour.

1979 – The U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn when it passed the planet at a distance of 13,000 miles.

1982 – The United States Air Force Space Command was founded.

1985 – The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition.

1995 – Louis Armstrong was honored on a U.S. postage stamp.

1995 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum ribbon cutting ceremony took place in Cleveland, OH. The museum officially opened the next day.

1997 – In France, the prosecutor’s office announced that the driver of the car, in which Britain’s Princess Diana was killed, was over the legal alcohol limit.

1998 – The movie “Titanic” went on sale across North America.

1998 – Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit his 56th and 57th home runs to set a new National League record. He finished the season with 70.

1998 – J.K. Rowling’s book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in the United States. It was was the first book in the “Harry Potter” series.

1999 – Twenty-two of major league baseball’s 68 permanent umpires were replaced. Their union failed at attempting to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract.

2004 – The iTunes Music Store reached 125 million songs sold.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

George Maharis – 90 years old (1928) – Actor (Played Buz Murdock in the first three seasons of TV’s “Route 66”, “Return to Fantasy Island”)

Lily Tomlin – 79 years old (1939) – Actress, comedian (“9 to 5”, “Nashville”, “All of Me”, “I Heart Huckabees”, TV’s “Laugh-In”, “Murphy Brown”, “The West Wing”). Born in Detroit, MI.

Don Stroud – 75 years old (1943) – Actor (“Dillinger and Capone”, “Amityville Horror”, “The Buddy Holly Story”)

Susan Backlinie – 72 years old (1946) – Actress (Played “Chrissie Watkins”, the shark’s first victim in the opening scene of “Jaws”. She spoofed that role four years later in the film “1941”, except this encounter was with a submarine instead of a shark.)

Barry Gibb – 72 years old (1946) – Singer, songwriter, musician (The Bee Gees)

Greg Errico – 70 years old (1948) – Drummer (Sly and The Family Stone)

Dr. Phil McGraw – 68 years old (1950) – TV host (TV’s “Dr. Phil”)

Billy Blanks – 63 years old (1955) – Actor/Tae Bo expert

Gloria Estefan – 61 years old (1957) – Singer (Miami Sound Machine)

Kenny Mayne – 59 years old (1959) – ESPN anchor (TV’s “Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports”)

Scott Speedman – 43 years old (1975) – Actor (“Underworld”, “Underworld: Evolution”, “The 24th Day”, “Dark Blue”, TV’s “Felicity”)

Bianca Ryan – 24 years old (1994) – Singer (Winner of “America’s Got Talent” Season 1. She released her debut album in 2006)

Zendaya – 22 years old (1996) – Actress (TV’s “KC Undercover”, “Shake It Up!”, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

 

TODAY IS:

Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day

Emma M. Nutt Day

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

International Turkey Vulture Day

World Beard Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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