Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
September 9th

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337*Constantine's three sons, already Caesars, each take the title of Augustus. Constantine II and Constans share the west while Constantius II takes control of the east.Ref: 2
701*St Sergius I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 5
1543*Mary, Queen of Scots is crowned Queen of England.Ref: 2
1561*The Colloquy of Poissy convened near Paris. Comprised of both French Catholic prelates and reformed Protestant theologians led by Theodore Beza, the council led to a 1562 edict offering a greater measure of freedom to French Protestants.Ref: 5
1585*Pope Sixtus V deprives Henry of Navarre of his rights to the French crown.Ref: 2
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) Martha Corey, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Dorcas Hoar and Mary Bradburyare pronounced guilty and sentenced to hang.Ref: 20
1739*Slave revolt in Stono SC is led by Jemmy (25 whites killed).Ref: 5
1776*The second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies."Ref: 5
1786*George Washington calls for the abolition of slavery.Ref: 2
1791*French Royalists take control of Arles and barricade themselves inside the town.Ref: 2
1817*Alexander Lucius Twilight, probably 1st black to graduate from US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College.Ref: 5
1825*Ludwig van Beethoven's last public performance.Ref: 62
1833*The first tracts of the Oxford Movement (which sought to purify the English Church) were released. The series was forced to close in 1841, however, when Tract 90 was published, because it interpreted Anglicanism's "Thirty-Nine Articles" in too strong of a Roman Catholic direction.Ref: 5
1834*Parliament passes the Municipal Corporations Act, reforming city and town governments in England.Ref: 2
1836*Abraham Lincoln receives his license to practice law.Ref: 4
1850*(new state) California is admitted as the 31st state.Ref: 4
1850*Territories of New Mexico & Utah created.Ref: 5
1867*Luxembourg gains independence.Ref: 5
1875*Lotta's Fountain (Kearny & Market) dedicated.Ref: 5
1880*President Hayes visits San FranciscoRef: 5
1886 The Berne International Copyright Convention takes place.Ref: 2
1899*(Dreyfus) Alfred Dreyfus goes on trial a second time for disclosing French secretsRef: 62
1901*Workers laid the cornerstone for a new New York Stock Exchange building at 18 Broad Street. 
1904*Mounted police were used for the first time in the City of New York.Ref: 4
1911*The British Post Office opens an airmail route opens between London and Windsor.Ref: 2
1913*Assn for Study of Negro Life & History organizes in Chicago.Ref: 5
1917*(through the 14th) Kornilov uprisingRef: 89
1919*Most of Boston's 1500-man police force goes on strike.Ref: 5
1925*(Sweet) A large crowd again gathers in front of the Sweet home. Rocks are thrown against the house. At 8:25 in the evening shots ring out from an upper-floor room in the Sweet home. One of the bullets strikes and kills Leon Breiner. Eleven occupants of the Sweet home (all occupants except a one-year-old baby) are arrested.Ref: 87
1945*Igor Gouzenko, a clerk at the Soviet embassy in Ottawa, Canada, seeks asylum at Canada's Department of Justice. He has with him secret memos detailing Soviet espionage in Canada and the United States, including atomic bomb secrets, and possible preparations for war with the United States. However, the Justice Minister refuses to see him, as the Soviet Union was Canada's wartime ally. Later in the day, he is questioned by the RCMP, and he tells his story to William Stephenson, head of British secret service operations in North America. 
1945*S-50 plant is completely shut down.Ref: 91
1948*The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was created.Ref: 5
1957*Nashville's new Hattie Cotton Elementary School dynamited.Ref: 5
1957*President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.Ref: 70
1965*In protest of U.S. domination in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, French President Charles de Gaulle announced that France was withdrawing from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 
1965 Tibet is made an autonomous region of China.Ref: 5
1971*Prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, N.Y., beginning a siege that claimed 43 lives.Ref: 5
1978*The Wright Memorial at Wright Brothers Hill in Area B of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, dedicated to the 119 flyers who earned their wings at Huffman Prairie, is conveyed to the US Air Force.Ref: 46
1981*Ed Greer, a Hughes Aircraft electronics engineer, goes to lunch and never returns. A party was held in his honor every year celebrating his escape from the corporate worldRef: 62
1981*Vernon E Jordan resigns as president of National Urban League.Ref: 5
1982*Henry Ford II retires once and for all, swearing off all involvement with the Ford Motor Company. He had been president since 1945. 
1986*NYC jury indicts Gennadly Zakharov (Soviet UN employee) of spying.Ref: 5
1987*Presidential candidate Gary Hart admits to cheating on his wife on "Nightline".Ref: 5
1990*The Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, closed to public tours in 1984, was reopened this day, following a $160 million restoration. Private citizens had mounted the campaign that returned the island’s main building to its former grandeur. Ellis Island was the gateway for more than half of the immigrants entering the US between 1892 and.Ref: 4
1990 Bush & Gorbachev meet in Helsinki & urge Iraq to leave Kuwait.Ref: 5
1991 President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev held a one-day summit in Helsinki, Finland, after which they joined in condemning Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.Ref: 6
1991*Only 1,695 fans watch Boston Red Sox play Clevland.Ref: 5
1993 PLO leaders and Israel agreed to recognize each other.Ref: 70
1994*(OJ Simpson) District attorney announces that the death penalty will not be sought.Ref: 87
1995*Amtrak's "Broadway Limited" service between New York and Chicago makes its final run. (XDG, p 4A, 9/9/2000)Ref: 83
1996 Bosnian Serbs blamed UN forces for a shell that killed ten people at a Bosnian Serb hospital the day before.Ref: 6
1997*Sinn Fein, the IRA's political ally, formally renounced violence as it took its place in talks on Northern Ireland's future.Ref: 70
1998 Four tourists who had paid $32,500 each were taken in a 23-foot submersible to view the wreckage of the Titanic two and a-half miles below the ocean surface off Newfoundland. Comments about the experience: “Awesome ... and humbling, too.”Ref: 4
1998*Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr delivers to Congress 36 boxes of material concerning his investigation of President Clinton. 
2000 Israel released 199 Palestinian security prisoners as part of a new peace deal.Ref: 6
2000*Former Republican Senator John Danforth opened an independent inquiry into the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX.Ref: 6
2003*(Grasso) After a special meeting, the NYSE discloses an additional $48M (above the previously disclosed $139.5M) for Chairman Dick Grasso's retirement pay, which Grasso forgoes. (WSJ, p 1, 9/18/2003)Ref: 33
1598*A celebration was held for the newly completed Catholic church at San Juan de los Caballeros -- the first church erected in (what is today the state of) New Mexico. The town, founded this year by Juan de Onate, was a former Indian pueblo in the Chama River Valley.Ref: 5
1805*Lewis & Clark: They camp south of present-day Missoula, Montana, at a spot the captains call Travelers Rest, preparing for the mountain crossing. Indians tell them that by following the Missouri to its source, they missed a shortcut from the Great Falls which could have brought them here in 4 days. Instead, it has taken them 53.Ref: 65
1830*Charles Durant, the 1st US aeronaut, flies a balloon from Castle Garden, NYC to Perth Amboy, NJ.Ref: 5
1839*John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph.Ref: 5
1892*Almalthea, 5th moon of Jupiter, discovered by EE Barnard at Lick.Ref: 5
1908*Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va.Ref: 5
1912*(or 10th) J Verdrines becomes the first pilot to break the 100 m.p.h. barrier. (107 mph/172 kph).Ref: 5
1967*1st successful test flight of a Saturn V.Ref: 5
1975*Viking 2 launched toward orbit around Mars, soft landing.Ref: 5
1977*First TRS-80 computer sold.Ref: 5
1982*Columbia mated with SRBs & external tank in preparation for STS-5.Ref: 5
1982*Conestoga 1, first private commercial rocket, makes suborbital flight.Ref: 5
1983*Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, TX.Ref: 5
1983*Radio Shack announces their color computer 2 (the Coco2).Ref: 5
1994*The space shuttle "Discovery" blasted off on an eleven-day mission. 
1862*Lee splits his army & sends Jackson to capture Harpers Ferry.Ref: 5
1863*The Union Army of the Cumberland passes through Chattanooga as they chase after the retreating Confederates.Ref: 2
1915*A German zeppelin bombs London for the first time, causing little damage.Ref: 2
1939*Canadian Parliament approves support to Great Britain and France in the war against Germany. 
1942*War jitters sweep San Francisco after a Japanese warplane, launched from the submarine I-25, bombed Mt. Emily, Oregon, and ignited a forest fire. Incendiary bombs were also dropped near Brookings, Oregon. The attack was in reprisal for Doolittle's raid on Japan.Ref: 37
1942*Open pit burning of bodies begins at Auschwitz in place of burial. The decision is made to dig up and burn those already buried, 107,000 corpses, to prevent fouling of ground water.Ref: 35
1943*The Allies land at Salerno and Taranto and encounter strong resistance from German troops.Ref: 36
1944*Allied forces liberate Luxembourg.Ref: 5
1944*Bulgaria liberated from Nazi control (often referred to as the invasion of Bulgaria by Russia) (National Day).Ref: 5
1945*Japanese forces in Korea, Taiwan, China and Indochina surrender to the Allies.Ref: 5
1970*U.S. Marines launch Operation Dubois Square, a 10-day search for North Vietnamese troops near DaNang.Ref: 2
1841*Tom Hyer defeats Irish boxer George McChester (Country McCluskey) in 101 rounds at Caldwell's Landing to become the first American boxing champion.Ref: 97
1895 The American Bowling Congress formed (NYC).Ref: 5
1898 Tommy Fleming of Eau Claire, WI won the first logrolling championship -- in Omaha, NE.Ref: 4
1901*The first long-distance car race began in New York City on this day, ending five days and 464 miles later in Buffalo, New York. David Bishop’s winning Panhard only averaged a speed of 15 miles per hour, but it managed to make the entire journey without breaking down – a remarkable feat. 
1904*Boston Herald again refers to NY baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913.Ref: 5
1914*Boston Braves' hurler George Davis no-hits the Phillies, 7-0 .Ref: 1
1922*Baby Doll Jacobson of the Browns triples three times Browns in a 16-0 rout of the Tigers.Ref: 1
1927*Tony Lazzeri Day at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 5
1928*Silvio Cator of Haiti, sets then long jump record at 26' ¬".Ref: 5
1932*Frank Crosetti ties record, strikes out twice in 1 inning.Ref: 5
1936*With a doubleheader sweep over the Indians, the Yankees clinch their eighth pennant. The Bronx Bombers will finish the season 19.5 games ahead of the Tigers.Ref: 1
1937*Gene Hasson of the Philadelphia Athletics hits a home run in his first major league at bat (first game).Ref: 12
1945*Jimmie Foxx hits his 534th & final HR.Ref: 5
1945*In the second game of the a doubleheader, Philadelphia A's Dick Fowler tosses a 1-0 no-hitter against the Browns.Ref: 1
1948*At the Polo Grounds, Dodger Rex Barney no-hits the Giants, 2-0.Ref: 1
1950*Sal Maglie of the NY Giants pitched a fourth consecutive shutout. Only four other pitchers in the National League had accomplished this feat.Ref: 4
1958*Pirate Roberto Clemente ties record of 3 triples in a game.Ref: 5
1960*Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams hits career homer 511 tying him with Mel Ott for third on the all-time HR list behind Babe Ruth and Jimmy Foxx.Ref: 1
1960*4th American Football League plays first game (Denver 13, Boston 10).Ref: 5
1965*Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Cubs bests Bob Hendley's one hit effort, 1-0. It is the Dodger's southpaw record fourth no-hitter .Ref: 1
1968*Joe Gordon is hired to manage the Kansas City Royals.Ref: 1
1968*First US Open, held as an "open" (Arthur Ashe-wins).Ref: 5
1968*Minn Tommy Krammer passes for 6 touchdowns vs Green Bay (42-7).Ref: 5
1969*Mets fans release a black cat on the field during a game at Shea Stadium in NY. The cat crosses behind Cubs third baseman, Ron Santo, who is in the on-deck circle. The next day the Cubs fall out of first base and never get back. The Mets go on to win the World Series. (USA Today, p 2C, 10/16/2003)Ref: 13
1971*Hockey legend Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings retires from the National Hockey League.Ref: 4
1973*The Rangers fire manager Whitey Herzog. The White Rat will be replaced by Billy Martin.Ref: 1
1973*Braves' Davey Johnson hits his 43rd (42nd as a second baseman) homer tying Rogers Hornsby's record for the most HRs for a second baseman.Ref: 1
1978*Balt Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto).Ref: 5
1978*3rd game of the Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-0.Ref: 5
1979*The St Louis Cardinals retire Lou Brock's uniform no 20.Ref: 29
1979*Tracy Austin became the youngest player to win the US Open women’s tennis title. She was 16 years old.Ref: 4
1979*John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis, for the US Open Tennis title.Ref: 5
1981*John McEnroe defeated Czechoslovakia’s Ivan Lendl. It was McEnroe’s fourth US Open, men’s singles, tennis championship. This one was won over Lendl by scores of 6-3, 6-4, and 6-1.Ref: 4
1983*Vitas Gerulatis bets his house that Martina Navratilova can't beat the 100th ranked male tennis player.Ref: 5
1984*Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears breaks Jim Brown’s combined yardage record by reaching 15,517 yards.Ref: 4
1984*CA Angel Michael Witt is 11th to pitch a perfect baseball game.Ref: 5
1984*John McEnroe beats Ivan Lendl, for the US Open Tennis title.Ref: 5
1986*Phillie Mike Maddux and Cub Greg Maddux become the first rookie brothers to start a game against one another.Ref: 1
1986*Michael Spinks stops Steffen Tangstad of Norway in the 4th round in Las Vegas NV to retain his IBF heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 97
1987*Striking out 12 of the final 13 hitters and a total of 16, Nolan Ryan beats the Giants, 4-2. The 'Ryan Express' whiffs Mike Aldrette to end the seventh inning notching his 4,500th career strikeout.Ref: 1
1987*Larry Bird (Celtics), begins NBA free throw streak of 59.Ref: 5
1988 US swamps New Zealand at 27th America`s Cup: NZ set to appeal.Ref: 5
1989*Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratalova for the US Open championship.Ref: 5
1991*Pete Sampras defeated Andre Agassi to win the US Open men's title.Ref: 6
1991*A special grand jury indicts boxer Mike Tyson on rape and three other charges. Two days later, he is booked in Indianapolis and released on $30,000 cash bond.Ref: 98
1992*At County Stadium in front of 47,589 fans, Robin Yount becomes the 17th player and third youngest to reach the 3000 career hit milestone when he singles off of Indian reliever Jose Mesa in a 5-4 defeat to Cleveland.Ref: 1
1992*Brewer owner Bud Selig is selected by the owners to serve as acting baseball commissioner until a permanent successor can be found. It will take nearly six years to name a permanent commissioner and it will be Selig.Ref: 1
1997*Red Sox rookie shortstop Nomar Garciaparra breaks the major league record for RBIs by a lead-off batter with his two ribbies in a 8-6 loss to the Yankees.Tiger Harvey Kuenn established the mark in 1956 with 85.Ref: 1
1998*By defeating the Boston, 7-5, the Yankees move 20½ games ahead of second-place Red Sox and clinch the American League East title. It is the earliest date in American League history in which a flag has been captured.Ref: 1
2002*For the fifth straight season, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson records 300 strikeouts breaking his own record of four consecutive years. The feat also ties the 'Big Unit' with Nolan Ryan having a total of six 300 strikeout seasons.Ref: 1
2002*Barry Bonds' 610th career home run is the longest dinger ever hit in the three-year history of Pac Bell Park. The 491-foot sails over fans heads who are waiting in a food line in the center field bleachers.Ref: 1
1863*Dwight Moody's future song evangelist, Ira D. Sankey, 23, married Fanny Edwards, daughter of a Pennsylvania State Senator. Their marriage of 45 years bore two sons, one of whom -- Ira H. Sankey -- became a songwriter like his father.Ref: 5
1908 Thomas Edison, Charles Pathe and other bigshots form the Motion Picture Patents Company, called 'the Trust'. Their attempt to monopolize film production became a major factor in driving filmmakers from the east coast to Hollywood.Ref: 73
1926 The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was organized as a broadcasting service of the Radio Corporation of America.Ref: 4
1946 Ben Alexander hosted Heart’s Desire for the first time. Heart’s Desire was a giveaway contest program on the Mutual Broadcasting System.Ref: 4
1950*First use of TV laugh track-Hank McCune.Ref: 5
1952*The religious program 'This is the Life' premiered on Dumont (later ABC) television. This long-running series was produced under the auspices of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church.Ref: 5
1956*On this Sunday night, 54,000,000 viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S. television audience) turned their TV dials to CBS as Ed Sullivan introduced 21-year-old singer Elvis ‘The Pelvis’ Presley.Ref: 4
1966*John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition.Ref: 5
1967*Jay Ward's "George of the Jungle" 'toon hits the airwaves.Ref: 73
1971*John Lennon & Yoko Ono appear on the Dick Cavett Show (ABC-TV).Ref: 5
1971*John Lennon releases the "Imagine" album.Ref: 5
1979*Sid Bernstein offers $1 billion for a Beatle reunion.Ref: 5
1979*Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) weds Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque.Ref: 5
1986*Ted Turner presents the first of his colorized films -- on his superstation WTBS in Atlanta, GA. The first Hollywood classic to get the new look was Yankee Doodle Dandy.Ref: 4
2003*Musicians Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon, announce in New Yorik, they are reuniting for a fall tour starting October 18th, 2003 in Detroit MI. (XDG, p 4A, 9/10/2003)Ref: 83
1739*Luigi Galvani, Italian physician and physicist, inventor of galvanized steel, is born.Ref: 68
1754*William Bligh nasty ship's captain (HMS Bounty), is born.Ref: 68
1828*Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (War and Peace, Anna Karenina), is born.Ref: 68
1850*Harishchandra India, poet/dramatist/father of modern Hindi, is born.Ref: 5
1850*Fremont Lawson, American newspaper editor and publisher, is born.Ref: 70
1853*Frederick R Spofforth Australia, cricketer (Demon), is born.Ref: 5
1868*Mary Hunter Austin, American author and feminist, was bornRef: 5
1873*Max Reinhardt, Austrian stage and screen director, is born.Ref: 70
1877*Frank (Leroy) Chance ‘Husk’, ‘The Peerless Leader’: Baseball Hall of Famer: NY Yankees; manager: NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox; minor-league team owner; subject of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play; is born.Ref: 4
1877*James Agate, English drama critic for the London Sunday Times (1923-47), is born.Ref: 70
1880*Viking Eggeling Sweden, artist/film maker (Diagonal Symphony), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Alfred M. Landon, Republican governor of Kansas who carried only two states in his overwhelming defeat for the presidency by Franklin Roosevelt in 1936, is born.Ref: 2
1890*Colonel Harland Sanders, originator of Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food restaurants, is born.Ref: 24
1893*Esther Cleveland, daughter of U.S. President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland; first child of a U.S. President to be born at the White House, is born.Ref: 4
1898*Frankie (Francis) Frisch ‘The Fordham Flash’: baseball, is born.Ref: 4
1899*Waite (Charles) Hoyt ‘Schoolboy’: Baseball Hall of Famer: pitcher; radio sportscaster; is born.Ref: 68
1899*Neil Hamilton Lynn Mass, actor (Commisioner Gordon-Batman)Ref: 5
1899*Billy Rose (Rosenberg) producer, author, songwriter: Me and My Shadow, That Old Gang of Mine, It’s Only a Paper Moon, Without a Song, Does the Spearmint Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight, More than You Know, Barney Google; is born.Ref: 4
1900*James Hilton, British novelist who authored Lost Horizon and Goodbye Mr. Chips and created the imaginary world of "Shangri-La", is born.Ref: 2
1901*Granville Hicks, American critic, novelist and teacher, is born.Ref: 70
1905*Joseph E. Levine movie producer: The Graduate, Carnal Knowledge, The Lion in Winter; is born.Ref: 4
1907*Pinky Tomlin, Eureka Springs Ark, singer/actor (Tip-Waterfront), is born.Ref: 5
1908*John Haeton US, bobsled (Olympic-silver-1928, 48), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Kurt Sanderling Arys Germany, conductor (E Berlin Symph 1960-77), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Jacques Marin Paris, actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder gambler/sportscaster (lay you 5 to 1), is born.Ref: 68
1923*Jimmy ‘The Greek’ Snyder (Demetrios Georgios Synodinos) oddsmaker, broadcaster: The NFL Today; died Apr 21, 1996Ref: 4
1924*Jane Greer, Wash DC, actress (Prisoner of Zenda, Clown), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Nino Bibbia Italy, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1948), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Cliff Robertson, Academy Award-winning actor: Charly [1968]; PT 109, Days of Wine and Roses, The Devil’s Brigade, Midway, Gidget, Picnic, Three Days of the Condor, Brainstorm, Falcon Crest; AT&T commercials, is born in La Jolla CA. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 4
1932*Sylvia Miles NYC, actress (Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Sonia Sanchez, poet.Ref: 2
1935*Chaim Topol Tel Aviv Israel, actor (Fiddler on the Roof), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Les Braid England, bass (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Otis Redding musician, singer: [Sittin’ on] The Dock of the Bay; is born in Dawson GA.Ref: 4
1942*Luther Simmons singer: group: Main Ingredient: Everybody Plays the Fool, is born.Ref: 4
1942*Inez Foxx Greensboro NC, rocker (Mockingbird, Hi Diddle Diddle), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Roger Waters rocker (Pink Floyd-The Wall), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Dee Dee Sharp (Dione LaRue) singer: Mashed Potato Time, Gravy [For My Mashed Potatoes], Ride!, Do the Bird, Slow Twistin’ [w/Chubby Checker], is born.Ref: 4
1946*Doug Ingle musician: keyboard, singer: group: Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, is born.Ref: 4
1946*Billy Preston singer/pianist, the 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Freddy Weller musician: guitar: Paul Revere and The Raiders [1969]; solo: Games People Play; songwriter: Dizzy, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Lynn Fitzgerald marathoner (ran 133 miles 939 yards in 24 hrs), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Joe Theismann Pro Football Hall of Famer: Washington Redskins QB: Bert Bell Award [1982], AP Player of the Year [1983], Super Bowl XVII, XVIII;, Toronto Argonauts; ESPN sportscaster, is born.Ref: 4
1949*John Curry England, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1976), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Tom Wopat actor: Cybill, The Dukes of Hazzard, A Peaceable Kingdom, Blue Skies; singer: The Rock and Roll of Love, is born in Lodi WI.Ref: 68
1951*Robert Desiderio Bronx NY, actor (Det Kennedy-Heart of the City), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Michael Keaton (Douglas) actor: Batman, Beetlejuice, Mr. Mom, Dream Team, Much Ado about Nothing, Report to Murphy, is born in Pittsburgh PA.Ref: 68
1952*Angela Cartwright actress: Make Room for Daddy, Lost in Space, is born.Ref: 4
1952*Dave Stewart rocker (Eurythmics-Here Comes the Rain Again), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Jerry (Wayne) Mumphrey baseball: SL Cardinals, SD Padres, NY Yankees [World Series: 1981], Houston Astros [all-star: 1984], Chicago Cubs, is born.Ref: 4
1960*Hugh Grant actor: Sense and Sensibility, Nine Months, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Remains of the Day, Impromptu, The Dawning, Maurice, Extreme Measures, Notting Hill, Mickey Blue Eyes, is born in London, England. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 4
1966*Adam Sandler comedian: The Cosby Show, Saturday Night Live [opera man]; actor: Happy Gilmore, Mixed Nuts, Airheads, Coneheads, Shakes the Clown, Going Overboard, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, is born.Ref: 4
1966*David Bennent Lausanne, actor (Tin Drum, Legend), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Brenda Epperson actress (Ashley-Young & Restless), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Scott DeFreitas Newton Mass, actor (Andy Dixon-As the World Turns)Ref: 5
1971*Henry Thomas actor: Riders of the Purple Sage, Legends of the Fall, Fire in the Sky, A Taste for Killing, Psycho 4: The Beginning, The Quest, Cloak & Dagger, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raggedy Man, is born.Ref: 4
1980*Michelle Williams actress: Dawson’s Creek, is born.Ref: 4
1087*William the Conquerer, Duke of Normandy and King of England, dies in Rouen while conducting a war which began when the French king made fun of him for being fat.Ref: 2
1513*King James IV of Scotland is defeated and killed by the English under Henry VIII at the Battle of Flodden Fields in Branxton, England.Ref: 68
1806*William Paterson, Irish-born American governor of New Jersey, dies at age 60.Ref: 70
1815*John Singleton Copley, American painter, dies at age 77.Ref: 70
1817*Paul Cuffe entrepreneur/ civil rights activist, dies at 58.Ref: 5
1841*Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sinks off Silver Creek NY, kills 300.Ref: 5
1871*Stand Watie Indian Chief: Cherokee; signer of the Treaty of Echota; brigadier general: first Cherokee regiment for the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War; dies at age 64.Ref: 4
1901*Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French artist, dies at age 36.Ref: 70
1915*Albert Spaulding, baseball player/founded Spaulding sports company, dies at age 65.Ref: 17
1934*Roger Fry, English artist and art critic, dies at age 67.Ref: 70
1952*Chaim Weizmann, the Zionist leader instrumental in establishing Israel as a national home for Jews and first president of the state of Israel, dies.Ref: 5
1952*Chaim Weizmann, the Zionist leader and first president of the state of Israel, dies.Ref: 70
1960*Jussi Bjorling, Swedish tenor, dies at age 49.Ref: 70
1962*Pat Rooney vaudevillian, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1963*Landslide into Vaiont Dam empties lake, kills 3000-4000 (Italy).Ref: 5
1969*Allegheny 853 collides with Piper Cherokee above Indiana, kills 82.Ref: 5
1971*Billy Gilbert (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1973*S. N. Behrman, American short-story writer and playwright, dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1975*John McGiver actor: Midnight Cowboy, The Manchurian Candidate, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Patty Duke Show, Mr. Terrific, Many Happy Returns, The Jimmy Stewart Show; dies at age 61.Ref: 4
1976*Mao Tse-Tung (Zedong) communist-revolutionist: founding father of the People's Republic of China; dies in Beijing at age 82.Ref: 4
1978*Jack L. (Leonard) Warner (Eichelbaum) movie mogul: one of Hollywood’s famed Warner Brothers; dies.Ref: 4
1978*Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet, dies at age 86.Ref: 70
1980*Author of "Black Like Me" John (Howard) Griffin diesRef: 4
1980*John (Howard) Griffin author: Black like Me [his journal posing as African American], Nuni, The Devil Rides Outside, The John Howard Griffin Reader; dies.Ref: 4
1982*Ellery Queen (Frederic Dannay) author: mystery series [w/Manfred B. Lee]; dies.Ref: 4
1985*Paul Flory, American Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1974), dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1990*Samuel K Doe Liberian president, killed by rebelsRef: 5
1991*Liberian President Samuel K. Doe was killed after being captured by rebels.Ref: 6
1993*Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was buried in his homeland, four years after his death in exile.Ref: 70
1993*Helen O’Connell singer: Green Eyes, Amapola, Tangerine; married to bandleader, Frank DeVol; dies.Ref: 4
1994*Patrick O’Neal actor: In Harm’s Way, Under Siege, The Way We Were, Diagnosis: Unknown, Dick and the Duchess, Emerald Point N.A.S., Kaz; dies.Ref: 4
1996*Bill Monroe ‘Father of Bluegrass Music’: Country Music Hall of Famer: singer: Blue Moon of Kentucky; band: The Bluegrass Band; songwriter: Kentucky Waltz, A Letter from My Darling; dies at age 84.Ref: 4
1997*Actor (Oliver) Burgess Meredith dies in Malibu, CA., at age 89. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1997*Hall of Famer Richie 'Whitey' Ashburn passes away of an apparent heart attack in his NY hotel room following broadcasting a Met-Phillie game last night. The former Phillies Whiz Kid was an excellent contact hitter who once fouled off 14 pitches in one at-bat.Ref: 1
1999*Jim "Catfish" Hunter dies at age 53 in Hertford, North Carolina approximately one year after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.Ref: 86
1999*Ruth Roman actress: The Killing Kind, Love has Many Faces, Since You Went Away, The Window, Knots Landing; dies in Laguna Beach, CA, at age 75. (TWA, 2000)Ref: 95
2000*A massive explosion tore apart a Moscow apartment building, killing about a hundred people.Ref: 6
2001*Afghanistan's military opposition leader Ahmed Shah Massood was fatally wounded in a suicide attack by assassins posing as journalists.Ref: 70
2003*Edward Teller, "father of the H-bomb", dies in Stanford CA at age 95. (WSJ, p A1, 9/11/2003)Ref: 33

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