September 7

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1813 – The nickname “Uncle Sam” was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States. The reference appeared in an editorial in the New York’s Troy Post.

1880 – George Ligowsky patented a device that throws clay pigeons for trapshooters.

1888 – Edith Eleanor McLean became the first baby to be placed in an incubator.

1896 – In Cranston, RI, A.H. Whiting won the first automobile race held on a racetrack.

1915 – Johnny Gruelle received a patent for his “Raggedy Ann” doll.

1921 – The first Miss America was crowned in Atlantic City, NJ. Margaret Gorman of Washington, DC, was the winner at the end of the 2 day event.

1927 – Philo T. Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means to become the first electronic television system.

1930 – The cartoon “Blondie” first appeared in the comic strips.

1963 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, OH, with 17 charter members.

1966 – The final episode of TV’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show” aired.

1971 – The television show “The Beverly Hillbillies” ended.

1977 – The Panama Canal treaties were signed by U.S. President Carter and General Omar Torrijos Herrera. The treaties called for the U.S. to turn over control of the canal’s waterway to Panama in the year 2000.

1977 – Convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was released from prison after serving more than four years.

1979 – The Chrysler Corporation asked the U.S. Government for $1.5 billion to avoid bankruptcy.

1979 – ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, made its debut on cable TV.

1984 – American Express Co. issued the first of its Platinum charge cards.

1989 – Legislation was approved by the Senate that prohibited discrimination against the handicapped in employment, public accommodations, transportation and communications.

1998 – St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire tied Roger Maris’ single-season home run record with hit #61 in a game against the Chicago Cubs.

1999 – Viacom announced that it would buy CBS for $37.3 billion, creating the nation’s second largest media company.

2004 – Former President Bill Clinton underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery to clear four blocked arteries.

2008 – The U.S. Government took control of the two largest mortgage financing companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Susan Blakely 1948 – Actress (TV’s “Rich Man, Poor Man”, movies “The Towering Inferno”, “Capone”, “The Concorde…Airport ’79”, “Over the Top”)

Gloria Gaynor 1949 – Singer (“I Will Survive”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”)

Julie Kavner 1950 – Actress (Played Brenda on TV’s “Rhoda”, Voice of Marge Simpson on “The Simpsons”)

Chrissie Hynde 1951 – Musician (The Pretenders)

Benmont Tench 1953 – Musician (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Corbin Bernsen 1954- Actor (TV’s “LA Law”, “Psyche”, “JAG”, “General Hospital”,”The Young and the Restless”)

Michael Emerson 1954 – Actor (Played William Hinks on TV’s “The Practice”, “Lost”, “Saw”)

Angie Everhart 1969 – Supermodel, actress (“The Last Action Hero”, “Bordello of Blood”)

Tom Everett Scott 1970 – Actor (“That Thing You Do!”, “An American Werewolf in Paris”, “Dead Man on Campus”, “Scream”, TV’s “Southland”, “ER”, “Beauty and the Beast”)

Shannon Elizabeth 1973 – Actress (“American Pie”, “American Pie 2”, “Scary Movie”, “Cursed”, TV’s “Cuts”, “That ’70s Show”)

Devon Sawa 1978 – Actor (“Wild America”, “Slackers”)

Evan Rachel Wood 1987 – Actress (“The Ides of March”, “The Wrestler”, TV’s “American Gothic”, “True Blood”)

 

TODAY IS:

Beer Lover’s Day

Buy a Book Day

Salami Day

Superhuman 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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