September 9

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1776 – The second Continental Congress officially came up with the term “United States”, replacing the previous term “United Colonies.”

1791 – Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, was named after President George Washington.

1836 – Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law.

1850 – California became the 31st state.

1893 – President Grover Cleveland’s wife, Frances Cleveland, gave birth to a daughter, Esther. She became the first President’s child to be born in the White House.

1904 – In New York, NY, Mounted police were used for the first time.

1926 – NBC (The National Broadcasting Company) was created by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).

1956 – Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan TV show “Toast of the Town.” He was shown from just the waist up during the performance. Elvis would make a total of three appearances on the show.

1957 – President Dwight Eisenhower signed the first civil rights bill to be passed by Congress since Reconstruction.

1965 – Hurricane Betsy made its second landfall near New Orleans, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion in damages. It became the first hurricane to cause over $1 billion in unadjusted damage.

1965 – The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development was established.

1966 – The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

1971 – Gordie Howe, of the Detroit Red Wings, retired from the National Hockey League.

1972 – In Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, a Cave Research Foundation exploration discovered a link between the Mammonth and Flint Ridge cave systems, making it the longest known cave passageway in the world.

1986 – Ted Turner presented the first of his colorized films on TV’s WTBS.

1987 – Mickey Spillane’s TV show “Mike Hammer” aired for the last time.

1994 – The Space Shuttle “Discovery” blasted off on an 11-day mission.

1995 – Amtrak’s Broadway Limited service made its final run between New York City, NY and Chicago, IL.

1998 – Independent counsel Kenneth Starr delivered to Congress 36 boxes of material from his investigation of President Bill Clinton.

1998 – Four tourists who had paid $32,500 each were taken in submarine to view the wreckage of the Titanic. The ship was 2-1/2 miles deep in the Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland.

1999 – The Sega Dreamcast 128-bit video game system went on sale. By 1:00 pm all Toys R Us locations in the U.S. had sold out.

2008 – The iTunes Music Store reached 100 million songs sold.

2009 – The iTunes Music Store reached 8.6 billion songs sold.

2014 – Apple unveiled the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Richard Roundtree 1942 – Actor (“Shaft”, “Shaft’s Big Score”, “Shaft in Africa”, TV’s “Shaft”)

Doug Ingle 1945 – Musician (Iron Butterfly)

Joe Theismann 1949 – Football Player, TV Host (“ESPN”, “NFL Network”)

Tom Wopat 1951 – Actor, singer (TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard”)

Angela Cartwright 1952 – Actress (Played Brigitta Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music”, TV’s “Make Room For Daddy”, played Penny Robinson on “Lost in Space”)

Dave Stewart 1952 – Musician (Eurythmics)

Hugh Grant 1960 – Actor (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Notting Hill”, “Bridget Jones’ Diary”)

Constance Marie 1965 – Actress (“Selena”, TV’s “George Lopez”, “Santa Barbara”, “Dirty Dancing”)

Adam Sandler 1966 – Comedian, actor (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, movies “Billy Madison”, “Happy Gilmore”, “The Longest Yard”, “Jack and Jill”, “Grown-Ups”, “Grown-Ups 2”)

Scott DeFreitas 1969 – Actor (TV’s “As the World Turns”)

Eric Stonestreet 1971- Actor (Plays Cameron Tucker on TV’s “Modern Family”)

Henry Thomas 1971 – Actor (Played Elliott Taylor in “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial”, “Dear John”, “Legends of the Fall”)

Michael Bublé 1975 – Singer

Michelle Williams 1980 – Actress (TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”, movies “Brokeback Mountain”, “Blue Valentine”, “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later”, “Dick”, “Shutter Island”)

 

TODAY IS:

Teddy Bear Day

Wonderful Weirdos 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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