September 19


1778 – The Continental Congress passed the first United States federal budget.

1796 – President George Washington’s farewell address was published across America as an open letter to the public.

1844 – While surveying Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, William Austin Burt accidentally discovered iron ore when his compass failed near Negaunee.

1876 – Melville R. Bissell patented the carpet sweeper. (The Bissell headquarters is in Grand Rapids, MI.)

1881 – President James A. Garfield died of wounds suffered in a July 2nd shooting. Vice President Chester A. Arthur became President upon Garfield’s death.

1928 – Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in the film “Steamboat Willie”.

1942 – The first advertisement to announce Little Golden Books appeared in Publishers Weekly.

1965 – The television show “I Dream of Jeannie” premiered on NBC.

1970 – The TV show “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted on CBS.

1982 – Scott Fahlman became the first person to use 🙂 and 🙁 on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System.

1983 – The nightly, syndicated version of the TV game show “Wheel of Fortune” debuted.

1985 – Tipper Gore and other political wives form the Parents Music Resource Center as Frank Zappa and other musicians testified at U.S. Congressional hearings on obscenity in rock music.

1986 – U.S. health officials announced that AZT, though an experimental drug, would be made available to AIDS patients.

1989 – The TV show “Doogie Howser, M.D.” aired for the first time.

1994 – The TV show “ER” debuted.

1995 – The U.S. Senate passed the welfare overhaul bill.

1995 – The Unabomber’s manifesto was published by The New York Times and Washington Post.

2010 – The leaking oil well in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was sealed.

2014 – The Apple iPhone 6 went on sale.



James Lipton 1926 – TV host (“Inside the Actor’s Studio”)

David McCallum 1933 – Actor (TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”, “NCIS”)

Bill Medley 1940 – Singer (The Righteous Brothers)

Freda Payne 1942 – Singer (“Band of Gold”)

Joe Morgan 1943 – Baseball player, sportscaster

Randolph Mantooth 1945 – Actor, writer, producer (TV’s “Emergency!”, “Loving”)

Lol Creme 1947 – Musician (10cc, Godley & Creme)

Jeremy Irons 1948 – Actor (“Reversal of Fortune”)

Twiggy (Leslie Hornby Lawson) 1949 – Model, Actress

Joan Lunden 1950 – TV personality (TV’s “Good Morning America”, “Today”)

Rex Smith 1955- Actor (TV’s “Street Hawk”)

Kevin Hooks 1958 – Actor (“Aaron Loves Angela”, “Sounder”, TV’s “The White Shadow”)

Cheri Oteri 1962 – Actress, comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Kim Richards 1964 – Actress (TV’s “Nanny & the Professor”, “Hello, Larry”, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, movies “Tuff Turf”, “Escape to Witch Mountain”)

Trisha Yearwood 1964 – Country singer

Soledad O’Brien 1966 – TV host and journalist

Jimmy Fallon 1974 – Talk show host, comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, “Late Night”, “The Tonight Show”)

Alison Sweeney 1976 – Actress, TV Host (TV’s “Days of Our Lives”, “The Biggest Loser”)

Columbus Short 1982 – Actor (“Death at a Funeral”, “Quarantine”, “Stomp the Yard”)

Danielle Panabaker 1987 – Actress (“The Crazies”, “Friday the 13th”, TV’s “The Flash”, “Shark”)

Katrina Bowden 1988 – Actress (TV’s “30 Rock”, “Public Morals”)



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