September 21

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1784 – The first daily paper in America, “The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser”, was published for the first time in Philadelphia, PA.

1897 – The New York Sun ran the “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon.

1937 – “The Hobbit”, a fantasy novel by British professor J.R.R. Tolkien, was first published.

1948 – Milton Berle debuted as the host of the television show “The Texaco Star Theater” on NBC. The show was later renamed “The Milton Berle Show” with Berle the regular host until 1967.

1957 – The television series “Perry Mason” made its debut on CBS. The show was on for 9 years.

1966 – The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.

1970 – “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns beat the Jets 31-21.

1973 – Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He became the first naturalized citizen to hold that office.

1981 – The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first female Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1982 – The National Football League players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.

1989 – The Senate Armed Forces Committee unanimously confirmed General Colin Powell to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1998 – President Bill Clinton’s videotaped grand jury testimony was publicly broadcast. Clinton tussles with prosecutors over “the truth of my relationship” with Monica Lewinsky.

2001 – The unprecedented multi-network broadcast of America: A Tribute to Heroes, a fundraising telethon for the victims of September 11th, brought together Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Calista Flockhart, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and Robin Williams. It was broadcast on over 35 network and cable channels and raised over $200 million.

2003 – The Galileo robot spacecraft mission was terminated at the end of it’s eight-year mission by sending the probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere, where it was crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Dickey Lee 1936 – Singer (“Patches”)

Jerry Bruckheimer 1943 – Producer (TV’s “CSI”, “The Amazing Race”)

Fannie Flagg 1944 – Comedian, author (TV’s “Match Game”, wrote “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”)

Richard Childress 1945 – Auto racer, owner

Don Felder 1947 – Musician (The Eagles)

Stephen King 1947 – Author (“Carrie”, “Salem’s Lot”, “The Shining”, “Firestarter”, “Cujo”, “The Stand”, “It”, “The Dark Tower”)

Bill Murray 1950 – Actor (TV’s “Second City”, “Saturday Night Live”, movies “Lost in Translation”,”Caddyshack”, “Meatballs”, “Ghost Busters”, “Groundhog Day”, “Rushmore”, “Zombieland”)

Arie Luyendyk 1953 – Auto racer

Mark Levin 1957 – Lawyer, author, radio show host

Dave Coulier 1959 – Comedian, actor, impressionist, television host (TV’s “Full House”)

David James Elliot 1960 – Actor (TV’s “JAG”)

Catherine Oxenberg 1961 – Actress (TV’s “Dynasty”)

Nancy Travis 1961 – Actress (“Three Men and a Baby”, “Air America”, “So I Married an Axe Murderer”, TV’s “Becker”)

Rob Morrow 1962 – Actor (TV’s “Numb3rs,” “Northern Exposure”)

Cecil Fielder 1963 – Baseball player (Detroit Tigers 1990-1996)

Cheryl Hines 1965 – Actress (“Waitress”, “RV”, TV’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Suburgatory”)

Faith Hill 1967 – Country singer

Tyler Stewart 1967 – Musician (Barenaked Ladies)

Ricki Lake 1968 – Actress, talk show host (TV’s “Charm School With Ricki Lake”, “The Ricki Lake Show”, movies “Hairspray”, “Cry Baby”, “Serial Mom”)

Alfonso Ribeiro 1971 – Actor, dancer, game show host (TV’s “The Fresh Princeof Bel-Air”)

Luke Wilson 1971 – Actor (“Bottle Rocket”, “Legally Blonde”, “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Old School”, “Blonde Ambition”)

Liam Gallagher 1972 – Musician (Oasis)

Autumn Reeser 1980 – Actress (TV’s “Entourage”, “No Ordinary Family”, “Last Resort”, movie “Sully”)

Nicole Richie 1981 – TV personality (TV’s “The Simple Life”)

Maggie Grace 1983 – Actress (TV’s “Lost”, “Californiation”, movies “Taken” series, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”, “Knight and Day”, “The Jane Austen Book Club”, “The Fog”, “The Choice”)

Joseph Mazzello 1983 – Actor (“Jurassic Park”, “The Social Network”, HBO’s “The Pacific”)

Christian Serratos 1990 – Actress (TV’s “The Walking Dead”)

 

TODAY IS:

International Day of Peace

Miniature Golf Day

Pecan Cookie Day

World Alzheimer’s Day

World Gratitude 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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