September 15

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1775 – An early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after the seizing of Fort Johnson from the British. The flag was dark blue with “Liberty” spelled on it in white.

1776 – British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

1789 – The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.

1853 – Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell was ordained. She became the first female minister in the United States.

1856 – Simeon Baldwin shot a bear at Monroe & Fulton in Grand Rapids, MI.

1857 – A typesetting machine was patented by Timothy Alder.

1858 – The first mail service began to the Pacific Coast under government contract. It took stagecoaches from the Butterfield Overland Mail Company 12 days to make the journey between Tipton, MO and San Francisco, CA.

1909 – A New York judge ruled that Ford Motor Company had infringed on George Seldon’s patent for the “Road Engine.” The ruling was later overturned.

1909 – Charles F. Kettering applied for a patent on his ignition system. His company Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company) later became a subsidiary of General Motors.

1928 – Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin.

1949 – The TV series “The Lone Ranger” premiered on ABC. Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto.

1953 – The National Boxing Association adopted the 10-point scoring system for all of its matches.

1956 – The earliest snowfall ever recorded in Grand Rapids, MI.

1965 – The TV show “Lost in Space” premiered on CBS.

1965 – TV’s “Green Acres” premiered on CBS.

1971 – Greenpeace was founded.

1978 – At the Superdome in New Orleans, LA, Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in a rematch to win his 3rd World Heavyweight Boxing title.

1981 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

1982 – The first issue of “USA Today” was published.

1997 – The domain name “google.com” was registered.

1998 – Reba McEntire received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2002 – The season premiere of “The Sopranos” was the most-watched show in HBO history, with 13.4-million viewers.

2004 – National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announced the lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.

2008 – Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy…the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

2010 – Michael Grimm, a blues singer from Mississippi, won “America’s Got Talent: Season 5”.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Norm Crosby 1927 – Comedian

Tommy Lee Jones 1946 – Actor (“The Fugitive”, “JFK”, “In the Valley of Elah”, “Lincoln”, “Men in Black”, “No Country for Old Men”, “Space Cowboys”, “Batman Forever”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”)

Oliver Stone 1946 – Director (“Platoon”, “Born on the Fourth of July”, “Midnight Express”, “Nixon”, “JFK”, “Wall Street”, “Talk Radio”, “The Doors”, “Natural Born Killers”)

Kelly Keagy 1952 – Musician (Night Ranger)

Mitch Dorge 1960 – Musician (Crash Test Dummies)

Dan Marino 1961 – Football player, TV commentator

Josh Charles 1971 – Actor (TV’s “Sports Night”, movies “The Good Wife”, “Dead Poets Society”)

Tom Hardy 1977 – Actor (“Blackhawk Down”, “The Revenant”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “This Means War”, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, “Inception”)

Prince Harry of Wales 1984 – Prince Charles’ & Princess Diana’s younger son…is third in the line of succession to the British throne.

Heidi Montag 1986 – Reality TV personality (TV’s “The Hills”, “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here”)

 

TODAY IS:

Cheese Toast Day

Concussion Awareness Day

Double Cheeseburger Day

Felt Hat Day

Greenpeace Day

Hug Your Boss Day

International Dot Day

International Grenache Day

Make a Hat Day

Tradesmen 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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