September 10

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1846 – Elias Howe received a patent for the sewing machine.

1913 – The Lincoln Highway opened. It was the first paved coast-to-coast highway in the United States.

1935 – “Popeye” was heard on NBC radio for the first time.

1942 – President Franklin Roosevelt mandated gasoline rationing as part of the U.S. wartime effort.

1953 – Swanson introduces the first “TV dinner.”

1955 – The classic TV western “Gunsmoke” premiered on CBS.

1955 – Bert Parks began a 25 year career as host of the “Miss America Pageant”.

1961 – Mickey Mantle hits his 400th home run to tie a major league baseball record.

1977 – “Mickey Finn” appeared in the comic pages for the last time.

1984 – The Federal Communications Commission changed a rule to allow broadcasters to own 12 AM and 12 FM radio stations. The previous limit was 7 of each.

1990 – The Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, NV, opened.

1990 – The TV sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, debuts starring young rapper Will Smith.

1992 – Bud Selig became Major League Baseball’s “acting” commissioner. (Six years later the post becomes official, and he remains in that position until January 2015.)

1998 – Singer Mac Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 – Northwest Airlines announced an agreement with pilots, ending a nearly two-week walkout.

2000 – Indiana University fired basketball coach Bobby Knight for what is called a pattern of unacceptable behavior.

2002 – Florida tested its new elections system. The test resulted in polling stations opening late and problems occurred with the touch screen voting machines.

2002 – The “September 11: Bearing Witness to History” exhibit opened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Greg Mullavey 1939 – Actor (Played Tom Hartman on TV’s “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”, “iCarly”)

Tom Ligon 1940 – Actor (“Paint Your Wagon”, “Jump”, “Bang the Drum Slowly”, TV’s “The Young and the Restless”, “Oz”)

Danny Hutton 1942 – Musician (Three Dog Night)

José Feliciano 1945 – Singer

Judy Geeson 1948 – Actress (“To Sir With Love”, TV’s “Mad About You”)

Barriemore Barlow 1949 – Musician (Jethro Tull)

Joe Perry 1950 – Musician (Aerosmith)

Amy Irving 1953 – Actress (“Carrie”, “Yentl”, “Deconstructing Harry”)

Pat Mastelotto 1955 – Musician (Mr. Mister)

Kate Burton 1957 – Actress (“Stay”, “Swimfan”, “Unfaithful”)

Siobhan Fahey 1958 – Musician (Bananarama)

Colin Firth 1960 – Actor (“The King’s Speech”, “A Single Man”, “Kingsman”, “Magic in the Moonlight”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Mama Mia!”, “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, “Shakespeare in Love”, “Fever Pitch”)

Guy Ritchie 1968 – Director (“Sherlock Holmes”, “RocknRolla”, “Snatch”)

Adam Herz 1972 – Screenwriter and producer (“American Pie” movies) Raised in East Grand Rapids, MI

Ryan Phillippe 1974 – Actor (“Cruel Intentions”, “Crash”, “Flags of Our Fathers”, “The Lincoln Lawyer”, TV’s “Secrets and Lies”)

Ben Wallace 1974 – Basketball player (Was best known for his first stint with the Detroit Pistons from 2000-2006, during which he was a four-time All-Star and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He later returned to the Pistons from 2009-2012)

 

TODAY IS:

Grandparent’s Day

Hug Your Hound Day

Swap Ideas Day

TV Dinner Day

World Suicide Prevention 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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