September 5

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1774 – The first session of the United States Continental Congress in Philadelphia, PA. The delegates drafted a declaration of rights and grievances, organized the Continental Association, and elected Peyton Randolph as the first President of the Continental Congress.

1877 – Sioux Indian chief Crazy Horse was killed by the bayonet of a U.S. soldier at Fort Robinson in Nebraska. The chief allegedly resisted confinement to a jail cell.

1881 – The American Red Cross provided relief for disaster for the first time. The disaster was the Great Fire of 1881 in Michigan. Several days of severe forest fires caused widespread damage and death in the thumb area of Michigan. 282 died.

1882 – The first U.S. Labor Day parade was held in New York, NY.

1885 – Jake Gumper bought the first gasoline pump to be manufactured in the U.S.

1901 – The first organized baseball league — The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues — was formed in Chicago, IL.

1914 – Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional player in the International League.

1927 – The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, “Trolley Troubles”, is produced by Walt Disney and released by Universal Pictures.

1930 – Charles Creighton and James Hagris completed the drive from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA and back to New York — all in reverse gear. The trip took 42 days in their 1929 Ford Model A.

1939 – The U.S. proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.

1945 – Iva Toguri D’Aquino was arrested. D’Aquino was suspected of being the wartime radio propagandist “Tokyo Rose”. She served six years and was later pardoned by President Gerald Ford.

1953 – The first privately operated atomic reactor opened in Raleigh, NC.

1958 – The first color videotaped program was aired. It was “The Betty Freezor Show” on WBTV-TV in Charlotte, NC.

1958 – Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” was published for the first time in the U.S.

1960 – Cassius Clay of Louisville, KY, won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Clay later changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

1961 – The U.S. government made airline hijacking a federal offense.

1966 – Jerry Lewis hosted his first Muscular Dystrophy Telethon on a New York station. He raised a million dollars in pledges to fight the disease. It later became a nationally broadcast event. Lewis hosted the telethon annually until 2010.

1975 – In Sacramento, CA, President Gerald Ford escapes an assassination attempt by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson.

1977 – The U.S. launched Voyager 1 after a brief delay.

1983 – “Sports Illustrated” became the first national weekly magazine to use four-color process illustrations on every page.

1983 – The “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” on PBS became the first hour-long network news show.

1984 – The Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-41-D) landed after its maiden voyage.

1984 – Mortimer Zuckerman purchased the news magazine, “U.S. News & World Report” for $163 million.

1986 – Merv Griffin aired his final program for Metromedia Television after 23 years on various talk shows.

1986 – NASA launched DOD-1.

1987 – “American Bandstand” was cancelled after 30 years on television.

1989 – Deborah Norville became the news anchor of the “Today” show.

1990 – B.B. King received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

1992 – A General Motors Corporation strike ended with a new agreement being approved. Nearly 43,000 workers were on strike.

1996 – Hurricane Fran made landfall near Cape Fear, NC as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph sustained winds. Fran caused over $3 billion in damages and killed 27 people.

2003 – In London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box which was then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He remained there until October 19 surviving only on water.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Bob Newhart 1929 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “The Bob Newhart Show”, “The Big Bang Theory”)

Carol Lawrence 1932 – Actress, singer

William Devane 1939 – Actor (“Family Plot”, “Rolling Thunder”, “Stargate SG-1”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, TV’s “Knots Landing”, “24”, “The West Wing”)

George Lazenby 1939 – Actor (Played James Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”)

Raquel Welch 1940 – Actress (“One Million Years BC”, “Myra Breckinridge”, “Fantastic Voyage”, “Legally Blonde”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Mother, Jugs & Speed”)

Al Stewart 1945 – Singer (“Year of the Cat”)

Loudon Wainwright III 1946 – Singer, actor

Cathy Guisewaite 1950 – Cartoonist (“Cathy”)

Michael Keaton 1951 – Actor (“Batman”, “Birdman”, “Mister Mom”, “Beetlejuice”, “Batman Returns”, “Pacific Heights”, “Herbie: Fully Loaded”)

Kristian Alfonso 1963 – Actress (Played Hope Williams Brady on TV’s “Days of Our Lives”)

Brad Wilk 1968 – Musician (Rage Against the Machine)

Dweezil Zappa 1969 – Musician, TV personality

Rose McGowan 1973 – Actress (“Scream”, “Jawbreaker”, “Ready to Rumble”, TV’s “Charmed”)

 

TODAY IS:

Another Look Unlimited Day

Be Late for Something Day

Cheese Pizza Day

International Day of Charity

World Samosa 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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