September 4

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1781 – Los Angeles, CA, was founded by Spanish settlers. The original name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula”. The name translates as “The Town of the Queen of Angels.” (Just “Los Angeles” is so much easier!)

1833 – A 10 year old, named Barney Flaherty, answered an ad in “The New York Sun” and became the first newsboy/paperboy.

1882 – Thomas Edison flipped the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in history. It lit a one square mile of lower Manhattan, of New York, NY. It was the first display of an electrical lighting system.

1886 – After almost 30 years of fighting, Geronimo, and the Apache Indians he led, surrendered in Skeleton Canyon in Arizona to Gen. Nelson Miles.

1888 – George Eastman registered the name “Kodak” and received a patent for his camera that used roll film. The camera could take 100 exposures per roll.

1894 – A strike in New York, NY by 12,000 tailors took place to protest sweatshops.

1907 – Grand Rapids, MI patrolman Henry Slater was killed when he was struck by a street car while directing traffic. The street car has jumped the tracks.

1921 – The first police broadcast was made by radio station WIL in St. Louis, MO.

1923 – The first American dirigible, the “Shenandoah,” began its maiden voyage in Lakehurst, NJ.

1950 – Darlington Raceway was the site of the very first Southern 500. It was the first 500 mile NASCAR race.

1951 – The first live, coast-to-coast TV broadcast took place in the U.S. The event took place in San Francisco, CA, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference. It was seen by viewers all the way to New York, NY.

1953 – The New York Yankees became the first baseball team to win five consecutive American League championships.

1957 – The Ford Motor Company began selling the Edsel. It became the biggest flop in automotive history.

1967 – The TV show “Gilligan’s Island” aired for the last time on CBS.

1967 – Michigan Governor George Romney said during a TV interview that he had undergone “brainwashing” by U.S. officials while visiting Vietnam in 1965.

1971 – The TV show “The Lawrence Welk Show” ended on ABC.

1972 – The TV game shows “The Price Is Right”, “Joker’s Wild”, and “Gambit” all made their debut.

1972 – Swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals.

1989 – A reconnaissance satellite was released by the Air Force’s Titan Three rocket.

1995 – The TV show “WCW Monday Nitro” made its debut on TNT.

1998 – Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They were both students at Stanford University.

1998 – While in Ireland, President Bill Clinton said the words “I’m sorry” for the first time about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. He described his behavior as indefensible.

2002 – Singer Kelly Clarkson was voted the first “American Idol” on the Fox TV series.

2003 – Keegan Reilly, 22, became the first parapalegic climber to reach the peak of Japan’s Mount Fuji.

2006 – “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin is killed by a stingray barb to the heart off the coast of Australia. He had been filming a nature special.

2007 – Whoopi Goldberg made her debut on TV’s “The View”.

2012 – The TV morning show “Live! With Kelly” became “Live! With Kelly and Michael”, when former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan was formally introduced as Kelly Ripa’s new co-host.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Mitzi Gaynor 1931 – Actress, singer, dancer

Merald “Bubba” Knight 1942 – Singer (Gladys Knight & The Pips)

Gene Parsons 1944 – Musician (The Byrds)

Jennifer Salt 1944 – Actress (Played Eunice Tate-Leitner on TV’s “Soap”, movies “Midnight Cowboy”, “Sisters”)

Tom Watson 1949 – Golfer

Judith Ivey 1951 – Actress (Played B.J. Poteet on TV’s “Designing Women”, “Will & Grace”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Person of Interest”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”)

Martin Chambers 1951 – Musician (Pretenders)

Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs 1953 – Actor (Played Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington on TV’s “Welcome Back, Kotter”, “Cooley High)

Khandi Alexander 1957- Actress (TV’s “CSI: Miami”, “ER”, “Newsradio”)

Damon Wayans 1960 – Actor, comedian (“The Last Boy Scout”, “Major Payne”, TV’s “My Wife and Kids”, “In Living Color”, “Saturday Night Live”)

Kim Thayil 1960 – Musician (Soundgarden)

Ione Skye 1970 – Actress (“Say Anything…”)

Jason David Frank 1973 – Actor (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”)

Nona Gaye 1974 – Singer, actress (“The Gospel”, “XXX: State of the Union”, “The Matrix Reloaded”, “Ali”)

Wes Bentley 1978 – Actor (“American Horror Story: Hotel”, “Interstellar”, “The Hunger Games”, “Ghost Rider”, “American Beauty”)

Beyoncé Knowles 1981 – Singer (Destiny’s Child)

 

TODAY IS:

Macadamia Nut Day

Newspaper Carrier Day

Random Acts of Poetry Day

Wildlife 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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