September 16

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1620 – The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England with 102 passengers on board. The ship arrived at Provincetown, MA, on November 21st and then at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th.

1782 – The Great Seal of the United States was used for the first time when it was impressed on document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British.

1908 – The General Motors Company was founded by William Crapo “Billy” Durant. The company was formed by merging the Buick and Oldsmobile car companies.

1919 – The American Legion was incorporated.

1920 – A bomb in a horse wagon exploded in front of the J.P. Morgan building in New York, NY, killing 38 and injuring 400.

1924 – Grand Rapids, MI’s first radio station signed on the air. It was WEBK, which would later become WOOD Radio.

1940 – President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.

1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, was introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York, NY.

1960 – The U.S. and Canada began construction of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge.

1963 – The TV show “The Outer Limits” premiered on ABC.

1965 – The TV show “The Dean Martin Show” premiered on NBC.

1968 – The final episode of TV show “The Andy Griffith Show” aired on CBS.

1972 – The TV show “The Bob Newhart Show” premiered on CBS.

1974 – President Gerald Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for draft-evaders and deserters during the Vietnam War.

1976 – The Episcopal Church formally approved women to be ordained as priests and bishops.

1984 – The TV show “Miami Vice” premiered.

1993 – The first episode of “Frasier” aired on TV. The series would run for 11 seasons and pick up a total of 37 Prime-time Emmy awards.

1994 – Exxon Corporation was ordered by federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.

1994 – Two astronauts from the space shuttle “Discovery” go on the first unthethered spacewalk in 10 years.

1996 – “Judge Judy” debuted on TV.

1998 – Universal paid $9 million for the rights to the Dr. Seuss classics “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

1998 – Meryl Streep received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Gulf Shores, AL as a Category 3 hurricane.

2005 – Johnny Depp placed his handprint and footprints in cement at Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater, in Hollywood, CA.

2007 – O.J. Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas, NV, for his involvement in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia from a hotel room at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Morgan Woodward 1925 – Actor (TV’s “Dallas”, “Gunsmoke”)

George Chakiris 1934 – Actor (“West Side Story”)

Joe Butler 1941 – Musician (The Lovin’ Spoonful)

Bernie Calvert 1942 – Musician (The Hollies)

Linda Henning 1944 – Actress (Played Betty Jo Bradley on TV’s “Petticoat Junction”)

Ron Blair 1948 – Bassist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)

Kenney Jones 1948 – Musician (Faces, The Who)

Susan Ruttan 1948 – Actress (TV’s “L.A. Law”)

Ed Begley, Jr. 1949 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “St. Elsewhere”, movies “Best in Show”, “A Mighty Wind”)

Mickey Rourke 1952 – Actor (“The Wrestler”, “Sin City”, “Angel Heart”, “Barfly”, “9-1/2 Weeks”, “Rumble Fish”, “Diner”)

Mark McEwen 1954 – Radio host, TV personality (TV’s “CBS This Morning”)

David Copperfield 1956 – Magician

Jennifer Tilly 1958 – Actress (“Bullets Over Broadway”, “The Fabulous Baker Boys”, “Liar Liar”, “Bound”, “Bride of Chucky”)

Richard Marx 1963 – Singer

Molly Shannon 1964 – Comedian, actress (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, movies “Superstar”, “Year of the Dog”)

Marc Anthony 1968 – Singer, actor

Amy Poehler 1971 – Comedian, Actress (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”, “Saturday Night Live”, movies “Baby Mama”, “Mr. Woodcock”, “Blades of Glory”, “Mean Girls”)

Alexis Bledel 1981 – Actress (TV’s “Gilmore Girls”)

Madeline Zima 1985 – Actress (TV’s “The Nanny”)

Ian Harding 1986 – Actor (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”)

Nick Jonas 1992 – Singer, actor (The Jonas Brothers)

 

TODAY IS:

Coastal Cleanup Day

Collect Rocks Day

Guacamole Day

Gymnastics Day

International Eat An Apple Day

International Read an Ebook Day

International Red Panda Day

Play Doh Day

Stepfamily Day

Working Parents Day

World Ozone 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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