September 20

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1881 – President Chester A. Arthur was sworn in, the morning after becoming President upon James A. Garfield’s death.

1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother road-test the first American-made gasoline powered automobile.

1921 – Radio station KDKA, in Pittsburgh, PA, started a daily radio newscast. It was one of the first in the U.S.

1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival was held in France. The original festival was delayed for seven years due to World War II.

1962 – James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. Meredith was later admitted.

1967 – The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) was launched. It remained in service until November 27, 2008.

1973 – In the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs.

1976 – The TV show “The Captain & Tennille” premiered on ABC. Jackie Gleason, Penny Marshall and “Welcome Back Kotter’s” Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo and Lawrewnce Hilton-Jacobs were guests on the first episode.

1977 – The Fonz jumped a shark on TV’s “Happy Days”.

1982 – The National Football League (NFL) players began a 57 day strike.

1984 – TV’s “The Cosby Show”, starring Bill Cosby as “Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable,” debuted on NBC.

1995 – AT&T announced that it would be splitting into three companies. The three companies were AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and NCR Corp.

1995 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits.

1998 – After playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons, Cal Ripken, of the Baltimore Orioles, sat out a game against the New York Yankees.

2001 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, President George W. Bush declared a “War on Terror”.

2011 – The United States military ended its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

2013 – Apple released the iPhone 5s.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Peter Palmer – 87 years old (1931) – Actor (“Li’l Abner”)

Sophia Loren – 84 years old (1934) – Actress (“Two Women”, “Marriage Italian Style”)

George R.R. Martin – 70 years old (1948) – Author (“Game of Thrones”)

Gary Cole – 62 years old (1956) – Actor (“Midnight Caller”, “American Gothic”, “Crusade”, HBO’s “Veep”)

Alannah Currie – 61 years old (1957) – Musician (Thompson Twins)

Kristen Johnston – 51 years old (1967) – Actress (“The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas”, TV’s “3rd Rock From the Sun”)

Gunnar Nelson – 51 years old (1967) – Singer (Nelson)

Matthew Nelson – 51 years old (1967) – Singer (Nelson)

Ben Shepherd – 50 years old (1968) – Bassist (Soundgarden)

Joel Kosche – 49 years old (1969) – Guitarist (Collective Soul)

Jon Bernthal – 42 years old (1976) – Actor (TV’s “Daredevil”, “The Walking Dead”, “Eastwick”, “The Class”, movies “Sicario”, “Fury”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”)

Phillip Phillips – 28 years old (1990) – Singer (Winner of “American Idol: Season 11”)

Spencer Locke – 27 years old (1991) – Actress (“Tarzan”, “Resident Evil”, TV’s “Cougar Town”)

 

TODAY IS:

Pepperoni Pizza Day

Punch 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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