September 1

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



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.

1884 – In Big Rapids, MI, the Big Rapids Industrial School was founded. We know it today as Ferris State University.

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.

1972 – In Rejkjavik, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer won the international chess crown when he defeated Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union.

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.

2011 – New Item Pricing Law went in to effect in Michigan. Retailers no longer have to put a price tag on each individual item. They can use electronic price readers or affix stickers to shelves only.



Lily Tomlin – 84 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 – 80 years old (1943) – Actor (“Dillinger and Capone”, “Amityville Horror”, “The Buddy Holly Story”)

Susan Backlinie – 77 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 – 77 years old (1946) – Singer, songwriter, musician (The Bee Gees)

Greg Errico – 75 years old (1948) – Drummer (Sly and The Family Stone)

Dr. Phil McGraw – 73 years old (1950) – TV host (TV’s “Dr. Phil”)

Billy Blanks – 68 years old (1955) – Actor/Tae Bo expert

Gloria Estefan – 66 years old (1957) – Singer (Miami Sound Machine)

Kenny Mayne – 64 years old (1959) – ESPN anchor (TV’s “Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports”)

Scott Speedman – 48 years old (1975) – Actor (“Underworld”, “Underworld: Evolution”, “The 24th Day”, “Dark Blue”, TV’s “Felicity”)

Bianca Ryan – 29 years old (1994) – Singer (Winner of “America’s Got Talent” Season 1. She released her debut album in 2006)

Zendaya – 27 years old (1996) – Actress (TV’s “KC Undercover”, “Shake It Up!”, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”)



Bring Your Manners to Work Day

Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

National Acne Positivity Day

National Burnt Ends Day

National Cherry Popover Day

National Chianti Day

National Chicken Boy Day

National College Colors Day

National Emma M. Nutt Day

National Food Bank Day

National Forgiveness Day

National Hotel Employee Day

National Lazy Mom’s Day

National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day

National Tofu Day

World Letter Writing Day


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