September 25

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1789 – The first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution: the Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment, and the last ten that are known as the Bill of Rights.

1849 – The Michigan State Fair began in Detroit.

1882 – The first major league double header was played. It was between the Worcester and Providence teams.

1884 – The Little Traverse (Harbor Point) Lighthouse was turned on for the first time.

1890 – The United States Congress established Sequoia National in Central California.

1919 – President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, CO. The speaking tour was in support of the Treaty of Versailles.

1957 – 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard as nine black students were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. The children had been forced to withdraw 2 days earlier because of unruly white mobs.

1965 – The half hour Saturday morning cartoon “The Beatles” premiered on ABC. The show ran until September 7, 1969.

1965 – Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 ten years earlier.

1973 – The three crewmen of Skylab II landed in the Pacific Ocean after being on the U.S. space laboratory for 59 days.

1977 – About 4,200 people took part in the first running of the Chicago Marathon in Chicago, IL.

1978 – Melissa Ludtke, a writer for “Sports Illustrated”, filed a suit in U.S. District Court. The result was that Major League Baseball could not bar female writers from the locker room after the game.

1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court when she was sworn in as the 102nd justice. She had been nominated the previous July by President Ronald Reagan.

1992 – In Orlando, FL, a judge ruled in favor of 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley who had sought a divorce from his biological parents.

1992 – NASA launched the Mars Observer, a $511 million probe to Mars, it was the first U.S. mission to the planet in 17 years. The probe has not been heard from since it reached Mars in August of 1993.

1993 – The TV show “Walker, Texas Ranger”, starring Chuck Norris, debuted. The show ran until 2001.

1995 – Ross Perot announced that he would form the Independence Party.

1997 – NBC sportscaster Marv Albert agreed to a plea bargain in his back-biting trail of a lover. He pleaded guilty to assault and battery. He was fired from NBC within hours.

2001 – Michael Jordan announced that he would return to the NBA as a player for the Washington Wizards. Jordan became the president of basketball operations for the team on January 19, 2000.

2009 – The movie “Paranormal Activity” premiered in theaters.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Barbara Walters 1929 – TV newscaster, host and interviewer (TV’s “20/20”, “The View”)

Robert Walden 1943 – Actor (TV’s “Lou Grant”, movies “Blue Sunshine”, “The Hospital”, “All the President’s Men”, “Audrey Rose”, “Capricorn One”)

Michael Douglas 1944 – Actor (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Wall Street”, “Wonder Boys”, “The American President”, “Basic Instinct”, “Fatal Attraction”, “The War of the Roses”, “Traffic”, “King of California”, “The Jewel of the Nile”, “Romancing the Stone”, TV’s “The Streets of San Francisco”)

Cheryl Tiegs 1947 – Model, actress (“The Brown Bunny”)

Mimi Kennedy 1948 – Actress (TV’s “Homefront”, “Dharma & Greg”, movies “Pump Up the Volume”, “Erin Brockovich”, “In the Loop”, “Due Date”, “Midnight in Paris”, “The Five-Year Engagement”

Anson Williams 1949 – Actor (Played Potsie on TV’s “Happy Days”)

Mark Hamill 1951 – Actor (“Star Wars”)

Michael Madsen 1957 – Actor (“Reservoir Dogs”, “Kill Bill”, “The Hateful Eight”, “Thelma & Louise”, “Wyatt Earp”, “Free Willy”, “Donnie Brasco”, “Sin City”)

Heather Locklear 1961 – Actress (TV’s “Melrose Place,” “Spin City”, “Dynasty”)

Aida Turturro 1962 – Actress (TV’s “The Sopranos”)

Tate Donovan 1963 – Actor (“Damages”, “The O.C.”)

Scottie Pippen 1965 – Basketball Hall of Famer was a seven-time NBA All-Star.

Will Smith 1968 – Actor (TV’s “Fresh Prince of Bell-Air”, movies “The Pursuit of Happyness”, “Ali”, “Men in Black” films, “Bad Boys”, “Independence Day”, “Hitch”, “I”, “Robot”, “Wild Wild West”, “Enemy of the State”)

Catherine Zeta-Jones 1969 – Actress (“Chicago”, “Mask of Zorro”, “Side Effects”, “RED2”, “The Rebound”, “Oceans 12”, “Entrapment”)

Bridgette Wilson Sampras 1973 – Former Miss Teen USA, actress (“The Wedding Planner”, “Love Stinks”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “Mortal Kombat”, “Billy Madison”)

Clea DuVall 1977 – Actress (HBO’s “Carnivàle”, movies “The Faculty”, “But I’m a Cheerleader”, “Girl, Interrupted”, “The Grudge”)

Chris Owen 1980 – Actor (Played The Sherminator in the “American Pie” films)

Lee Norris 1981 – Actor (TV’s “One Tree Hill”, “Boy Meets World”, “Girl Meets World”)

Donald Glover 1983 – Actor (TV’s “Community”)

 

TODAY IS:

Binge Day

Comic Book Day

Cooking Day

Family Day

One Hit Wonder Day

Psychotherapy Day

World Dream Day

World Pharmacists 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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