September 12

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1873 – The first practical typewriter was sold to customers.

1916 – Two women, Adelina and August Van Buren, finished the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour to be attempted by women. They started in New York, NY on July 5, 1916.

1922 – The Episcopal Church removed the word “Obey” from the bride’s section of wedding vows.

1940 – Cave paintings were discovered in Lascaux, France. The paintings were 17,000 years old and were great examples of art from the Paleolithic period.

1953 – Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

1954 – The TV show “Lassie” debuted on CBS. The last show aired on September 12, 1971.

1959 – The TV western series “Bonanza” debuted on NBC. It is the first regularly schedule TV program presented in color.

1963 – The last episode of “Leave it to Beaver” aired. The show debuted on October 4, 1957.

1964 – Canyonlands National Park was designated as a National Park.

1966 – The TV show “Family Affair” premiered on CBS.

1966 – “The Monkees” TV show premiered on NBC. The musical sitcom’s opening episode, titled “Royal Flush,” featured the songs “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Take a Giant Step” and “This Just Doesn’t Seem to Be My Day.”

1970 – The cartoon “Josie and the Pussycats” debuted on CBS.

1981 – The Smurfs made their television debut.

1983 – Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen. He had emigrated from Austria 14 years prior.

1984 – Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls.

1991 – The Space Shuttle “Discovery” took off on a mission to deploy an observatory that was to study the Earth’s ozone layer.

1992 – Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman in space. She was the payload specialist aboard the Space Shuttle “Endeavor” STS-47. It marked the 50th shuttle mission. Also on board were Mission Specialist N. Jan Davis and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mark C. Lee. They were the first married couple to fly together in space. And, Mamoru Mohri became the first Japanese person to fly into space on that same mission.

1994 – A single-engine Cessna 150 airplane crashed against the White House’s south lawn. It was flown by Frank Eugene Corder, who died in the crash.

2001 – President George W. Bush labeled the previous day’s terrorist attacks “acts of war” and asks Congress for $20 billion to rebuild and recover.

2006 – The iTunes Music Store reached 1.5 billion songs and 45 million videos sold.

2009 – Steve Jobs announced that Apple’s iTunes had 88% of the legal U.S. music download market.

2011 – The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, NY, opened to the public.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Freddie Jones 1927 – Actor (“The Elephant Man”, “Dune”, “Wild at Heart”)

Sir Ian Holm 1931 – Actor (“Chariots of Fire”, “The Aviator”, “Garden State”, played Bilbo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy)

Linda Gray 1940 – Actress (TV’s “Dallas”, “Models Inc.”)

Maria Muldaur 1943 – Singer (“Midnight at the Oasis”)

Joe Pantoliano 1951 – Actor (“The Matrix”, “Memento”, “The Fugitive”, “La Bamba”, TV’s “The Sopranos”)

Gerry Beckley 1952 – Musician (America)

Neil Peart 1952 – Drummer (Rush)

Nina Blackwood 1955 – MTV VJ

Peter Scolari 1955 – Actor (TV’s “Newhart,” “Bosom Buddies”)

Rachel Ward 1957 – Actress, director (“Against All Odds”, “The Thornbirds”)

Amy Yasbeck 1962 – Actress (“House II: The Second Story”, “Pretty Woman”, “Problem Child”, “Problem Child 2”, “The Mask”, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, “Dracula: Dead and Loving It”, TV’s “Wings”)

Ben Folds 1966 – Singer, musician (Ben Folds Five)

Louis C.K. 1967 – Comedian, actor (“Trumbo”, “American Hustle”, “Blue Jasmine”)

Ben McKenzie 1978 – Actor (TV’s “The Flash,” “The O.C.”)

Ruben Studdard 1978 – Singer (Winner of the second season of TV’s “American Idol”)

Jennifer Hudson 1981 – Singer (A Top 10 finalist on TV’s “American Idol” in 2004, movie “Dreamgirls”)

Alfie Allen 1986 – Actor (Plays Theon Greyjoy on TV’s “Games of Thrones”)

Emmy Rossum 1986 – Singer, actress (TV’s “Shameless”, movies “Poseidon”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “The Day After Tomorrow”, “Mystic River”)

 

TODAY IS:

Chocolate Milkshake Day

Video Games 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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