Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
September 17th

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1394*Jews are expelled from France by order of King Charles VI.Ref: 5
1630*The town of Boston is founded by John Winthrop as an extension of the colony at Salem. It is named after the town of the same name in Lincolnshire, England.Ref: 2
1656*Massachusetts enacts severe laws against the Quakers. (At the time, government and religion were intricately interwoven; the line between blasphemy and treason was virtually nonexistent; and non-sacramental Quakerism gave the impression that the denomination was anti-government.)Ref: 5
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) Margaret Scott, Wilmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Abigail Faulkner, Rebecca Earnes, Mary Lacy, Ann Foster and Abigail Hobbs are tried and sentenced to hang.Ref: 20
1717*The first synod of the Presbyterian Church in America met in Philadelphia.Ref: 5
1776*Along the western coast of North America, a party of 247 Spanish colonists consecrate their newly-founded mission, known as San Francisco.Ref: 5
1778*Simon Kenton is forced to run the gauntlet at the Shawnee Village of Chillicothe, abour 3 miles north of modern Xenia, twice.Ref: 58
1778*First Indian peace treaty signed by Delaware Indians at Fort Pitt.Ref: 10
1787*The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates from twelve states at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The U.S. Constitution is the world’s oldest working Constitution.Ref: 4
1796*President George Washington delivers his "Farewell Address" to Congress before concluding his second term in office.Ref: 2
1819*The 1st whaling ship arrives in Hawaii.Ref: 5
1844*172 acres, 12 miles west of Columbus OH, on National Road, is selected as the site for an institution of higher learning for the people of "The African Methodist Episcopal Church". This area became Union Seminary. (XDG, p 10, 2/19/2003)Ref: 83
1861*First day school for freedmen forms at Fortress Monroe Virginia.Ref: 5
1863*Pope Pius IX encyclical On persecution in New Grenada.Ref: 5
1873*Jay Cooke & Co. fails, causing a securities panicRef: 62
1873*Nineteen students attend opening class at Ohio State University.Ref: 5
1884*American Kennel Club (AKC) established to set rules for dog shows.Ref: 10
1894*Capt. W. A. Glassford, of US Signal Corps, and a detachment of signal sergeants surpass the previous world-record (125 miles) for long distance optical communication by exchanging heliograph signals between stations on Mount Ellen, Utah, and Mount Uncompahgre, Colorado, 183 miles apart. 
1896*A prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska, a finding that touched off the Klondike gold rush.Ref: 6
1902*U.S. troops are sent to Panama to keep train lines open over the isthmus as Panamanian nationals struggle for independence from Colombia.Ref: 2
1908*Wilbur Wright departs for Europe where he spends the next year demonstrating Wright airplanes, promoting sales and training other pilots.Ref: 46
1927*Charles Lindbergh visits San Francisco.Ref: 5
1940*President Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William Mackenzie King met in Ogdensburg, NY, where they agreed to set up a joint defense commission.Ref: 6
1941*Paratroopers are used for the first time in an American exercise in 1941.Ref: 50
1941*Beginning of general deportation of German Jews.Ref: 35
1942*Col. Leslie Richard Groves is notified at 10:30 a.m. by Gen. Brehon Somervell that his assignment overseas has been cancelled and that he will take another assignment - command of the Manhattan Engineer District. Groves' previous assignment had required overseeing ten billion dollars worth of construction projects, including the construction of the Pentagon.Ref: 91
1943*First shot fired in gun assembly research program at Los Alamos. The focus at this point is on developing a high velocity gun for plutonium since a uranium gun would be much easier to make.Ref: 91
1945 Indonesian nationalists declared their independence from the Netherlands.Ref: 6
1947*James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S. secretary of defense.Ref: 70
1952*"I am an American Day" & "Constituion Day" renamed "Citizenship Day".Ref: 5
1956*Black students enter Clay Ky elementary school.Ref: 5
1962*The first federal suit to end public school segregation is filed by the U.S. Justice Department.Ref: 2
1972*BART begins passenger service in SF.Ref: 5
1978*Begin, Sadat & Carter sign the Camp David accord. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2000)Ref: 83
1980*Solidarity labor union in Poland forms.Ref: 5
1984*Brian Mulroney sworn in as Canada's 18th PM succeeding John Turner.Ref: 5
1984*Oil heir Gordon P. Getty, with a fortune of $4.1 billion dollars, was named the richest person in the U.S. There were a dozen billionaires in the U.S. at the time.Ref: 4
1985*Steven Jobs resigns as chairman of Apple Computer, founded with Steve Wozniac in 1976Ref: 10
1986*(US Supreme Court Justice) The Senate confirms the appointment of William H. Rehnquist as the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Antonin Scalia as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.Ref: 5
1987*Philadelphia celebrates 200th anniversary of the Constitution.Ref: 5
1989*Ninety-eight miners and a minister occupied the the Pittston Coal Company's Moss 3 preparation plant in Carbo, Virginia, beginning a year-long strike against Pittston Coal. While a month-long Soviet coal strike dominated U.S. news broadcasts, the year-long Pittston strike garnered almost no mainstream press coverage whatsoever.Ref: 59
1990 Soviet Union & Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic ties.Ref: 5
1990*Newspaper Guild votes 242-35 to keep NY Post publishing.Ref: 5
1991*Iraq said it would "play host" to all foreign citizens in the country who were from "aggressive nations," and place them in military and civilian targets until the threat of war was over. Actress-singer Pearl Bailey died in Philadelphia at age 72.Ref: 6
1991*North & South Korea join the UNRef: 5
1992*Special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh called a halt to his five-and-a-half-year probe of the Iran-Contra scandal.Ref: 70
1993*President Clinton urges China to cancel an underground nuclear test, assuring Bejing it had nothing to fear from the world's other nuclear powers. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2003)Ref: 83
1995*James B. McDougal, McDougal's ex-wife, Susan H. McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker were indicted by the Whitewater grand jury. (James McDougal was convicted on 18 of 19 counts of fraud and conspiracy; Tucker was found guilty on one count of fraud and one count of conspiracy; Susan McDougal was convicted on four fraud-related charges.)Ref: 6
1995*(US Supreme Court Justice) Supreme Court Justice nominee David H. Souter concludes three days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2000)Ref: 83
1997*Sam Sheppard's body is exhumed and tissue samples taken for DNA testing. The body is later cremated and the remains placed next to his wife's. (Ref:Dayton Daily News, 01/30/00, p 6A) 
1999*President Clinton lifted restrictions on trade, travel and banking imposed on North Korea a half-century earlier.Ref: 70
2001*Wall Street trading resumed for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks its longest shutdown since the Depression; the Dow lost 684.81 points, its worst-ever one-day point drop. Pro sporting events resumed after a six-day hiatus.Ref: 70
2002*(Elizabeth Smart) The twice-daily briefings held by the Smart family are suspended. (USA Today, p 3A, 3/13/2003)Ref: 13
2002*After years of denials by his country, North Korean leader Kim Jong II admitted that North Korean spies had abducted about a dozen Japanese citizens decades earlier and at least for of the Japanese were still alive. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2003)Ref: 83
2003*At 11:45AM, the state of Ohio formally transmits its ratification of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to the Federal Government, 135 years late and the last state to do so. (XDG, p 1, 9/18/2003)Ref: 83
2003*(Grasso) After an emergency board meeting, NYSE Chairman Dick Grasso resigns. (WSJ, p 1, 9/18/2003)Ref: 33
1683*Dutch scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek reports discovery of bacteria after examining his teeth.Ref: 10
1789*William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn.Ref: 5
1807*Robert Fulton's "North River Steam Boat" began heading up NY's Hudson River on its successful round-trip to Albany.Ref: 6
1825*The opening of the 1st railway line between Stockton and Darlington in England. 
1872*Phillip W. Pratt of Abington, MA patented an automatic sprinkler system for putting out fires. The system was operated by means of a valve to which cords and fuses were attached. The cords held the valve closed with a spring-loaded lever. In case of a fire, when the fuses ignited, the cords burned, and the valve opened, releasing a stream of water.Ref: 4
1911*The first transcontinental airplane flight, from NY City to Pasadena, CA, starts. It took C.P. Rogers only 82 hours to fly across the U.S.Ref: 4
1931*RCA Victor began demonstrating a very early version of the long-playing (LP), 33-1/3 RPM phonograph record. It would be another 17 years before RCA rival Columbia would begin mass production of the LP.Ref: 4
1953*1st successful separation of Siamese twins.Ref: 5
1957*Scott Crossfield takes X-15 up for first powered flight.Ref: 5
1959*Transit 1A, first navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit.Ref: 5
1959*The X-15 rocket plane makes its first flight.Ref: 2
1962*US space officials announce selection of 9 new astronauts.Ref: 5
1968*Zond 5 completes lunar circumnavigationRef: 5
1976*NASA publicly unveils the world's first reusable spacecraft--the space shuttle Enterprise in a ceremony in Palmdale, California.Ref: 5
1978*The first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight ended as Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman landed their "Double Eagle Two" outside Paris.Ref: 6
1985*Soyuz T-14 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space stationRef: 5
1862*The bloodiest day in U.S. military history as General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Armies are stopped at Antietam in Maryland by McClellan and numerically superior Union forces. By nightfall 26,000 men are dead, wounded, or missing. Lee then withdraws to Virginia. Confederate dead lay by the fence bordering Farmer Miller's 40 acre Cornfield at Antietam where the intense rifle and artillery fire cut every corn stalk to the ground "as closely as could have been done with a knife." Antietam (Maryland) marks the end of General Lee's first invasion into the north.The battle claimed more than 23,000 men killed, wounded, and missing in one single day, and led to Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. McClellan fails to persue. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2000)Ref: 83
1863*Federal batteries and ships bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor during the Civil War.Ref: 6
1868*The Battle of Beecher's Island begins, in which Major George "Sandy" Forsyth and 50 volunteers hold off 500 Sioux and Cheyenne in eastern Colorado.Ref: 2
1868 Revolution in Spain by liberals against Queen Isabella II.Ref: 10
1903 Turks destroy the town of Kastoria in Bulgaria, killing 10,000 civilians.Ref: 2
1917*The German Army recaptures the Russian Port of Riga from Russian forces.Ref: 2
1939*With the German army already attacking western Poland, the Soviet Union launches an invasion of eastern Poland.The Polish submarine Orzel escaped from internment and went on to fight the Germans against long odds.Ref: 2
1942*Brigadier General Leslie R Groves of the Army Corps of Engineers is placed in charge of the Manhattan Project.Ref: 22
1942*British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meets with Soviet Premier Josef Stalin in Moscow as the German Army rams into Stalingrad.The Krummer Lauf allowed German infantry and motorized artillery units to actually fire around corners.Ref: 2
1943*Load of "ammunition in transit" explodes at Norfolk Naval Air StationRef: 5
1943*The Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as US and British forces entered Messina.Ref: 6
1944*Nearly 2000 American CG-4A and 700 British Horga and Hamilcar gliders are launched from southern England, landing along 60 miles of road in Holland, leading into Germany. This is the start of the failed Operation Market Garden.Ref: 36
1944*Battle of Arnhem begins;largest airborne invasion-3 divisions of Anglo-American troops.Ref: 10
1957 The Thai army seizes power in Bangkok.Ref: 2
1920*Going 6-for-6, left fielder Bobby Veach becomes the first Tiger to hit for the cycle as Detroit beats the Red Sox in 12-inning victory, 14-13. Giants George Burns also hits for the cycle in New York's 10 inning 4-3 win over the Pirates making it the only time it has ever happened twice in the same day.Ref: 1
1920*The American Professional Football Association, the precursor of the National Football League was formed -- in Canton, Ohio. Canton is now the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Xenia Daily Gazette, p 4A, 9/17/2000) 
1928*Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning.Ref: 5
1930*With three consecutive home runs, Earl Averill drives in eight runs in a 13-7 Indians victory over the Senators in the doubleheader opener and then adds another homer in the second game to set an American League record with 11 RBIs in the twin bill.Ref: 1
1937*First NFL game in Washington, DC; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3.Ref: 5
1941*In front of only 3,585 fans in St. Louis, twenty-year old Stan Musial makes his major league debut against the Braves going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.Ref: 1
1947*Jackie Robinson is the 1st player named Rookie of the Year. 
1950*San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play first NFL game, lose 21-17.Ref: 5
1953*In his first major league game, Ernie Banks (the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform) makes an error and goes hitless in three at-bats.Ref: 1
1954*Rocky Marciano retained possession of the world heavyweight boxing title. He knocked out Ezzard Charles in the eighth round of their championship bout.Ref: 4
1956*Yanks clinch pennant #22 on Mantle's 50th homer of the year.Ref: 5
1961*A new team debuts in the National Football League: the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears by a score of 37-13 in the team’s first game.Ref: 4
1964*Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001.Ref: 5
1967*New Orleans Saints first NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13.Ref: 5
1968*At Candlestick, Giant Gaylord Perry (14-14) no-hits the Cardinals and Bob Gibson,1-0, with the only run of the game being tallied on Ron Hunt's solo HR. Tomorrow the Redbirds will return the favor and no-hit San Francisco.Ref: 1
1968*The Tigers clinch the AL pennant with a 2-1 victory over the Yankees.Ref: 1
1974 Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup.Ref: 5
1977*Dave Kingman hits his first Yankee homer, Reggie hits 2 more.Ref: 5
1978*Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept, 1978 7-3.Ref: 5
1981*Dodger rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela sets the NL rookie mark with his eighth shutout of the season. The record had been shared by Irv Young (1905), Grover Alexander (1911) and Jerry Koosman (1968).Ref: 1
1982 NJ Devils first exhibition game, beating the Caps 3-1 in Hershey Pa.Ref: 5
1983*Slugger Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox breaks Hank Aaron’s major-league record for games played. ‘Yaz’ played in his 3,299th game.Ref: 4
1983*The Cincinnati Reds honored Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench as he ended his 16-year career as a catcher.Ref: 4
1984*Seventeen years to the day after his first major-league home run, Reggie Jackson of the CA Angels hit his 500th career homer -- in a game against the KS City Royals.Ref: 4
1984*Dwight Gooden ties a major league record with 32 strikeouts in two consecutive games striking out 16 Phillies in a 2-1 loss at Veterans Stadium.Ref: 1
1986*The NY Mets clinched their first divisional title since 1973 by defeating the Chicago Cubs 4-2. The Mets later won the World Series as well.Ref: 4
1986*Marina Stepanova of USSR sets the 400m hurdle woman's record (52.94).Ref: 5
1986*Angel star Reggie Jackson became the 13th player to reach the coveted and exclusive milestone of hitting 500 career home runs.Ref: 86
1986*The New York Mets are sold to a group headed by Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon. The purchase price is estimated at $21.1 million - the highest amount ever paid for an American professional sports franchiseRef: 86
1988*Pitching the ninth inning for his 40th save, Jeff Reardon becomes the first pitcher to save 40 games in both leagues as the Twins defeat the White Sox, 3-1. The Dalton, Massachusetts native also saved 42 games for the Expos in 1985.Ref: 1
1988*Opening ceremonies for the 1988 Summer Olympics take place in Seoul, South Korea. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2000)Ref: 83
1989 NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to the US (from New Zealand).Ref: 5
1990*Blue Jays set a major league single-season attendance record as 49,902 watch the home team beat the Yankees, 6-4. Toronto will finish the season with 58 consecutive sell-outs at Sky Dome with a total attendance of 3,885,284.Ref: 1
1991*4,355 turn out to see the Expos play the NY Mets at Shea StadiumRef: 5
1993*Texas Ranger superstar Nolan Ryan strikes out Angel catcher Greg Myers for his 5,714th and final career strikeout.Ref: 1
1993*On their 71st home date, the Colorado Rockies surpass the 4 million mark, breaking the single-season attendance record.Ref: 86
1996*In the thin air of Denver, Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits the Rockies, 9-0. 'Tornado Boy' walks four and strikes out eight at Coors Field.Ref: 1
2000*The game at Tropicana Field between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Oakland Athletics is postponed because of weather conditions related to Hurricane Gordon. It is believed to be the third game in a domed stadium postponed by weather.Ref: 86
2002*NBA star Patrick Ewing announces his retirement as a player. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2003)Ref: 83
1922*Radio Moscow begins transmitting (12 KWs-most powerful station).Ref: 5
1934*First 33 1/3 rpm recording released (Beethoven's 5th).Ref: 5
1952*Frank Sinatra sang at his final session with Mitch Miller and Columbia Records.Ref: 4
1955*Capitol Records released Magic Melody, Part Two. The tune consists only of the last two notes of the musical phrase, “Shave and a haircut, two bits,” making it the shortest tune ever to be released.Ref: 4
1955*The Perry Como Show moved to Saturday nights on NBC-TV. Soon, U.S.A. audiences would “Sing along with me ... I’m on my way to the stars...” with the incomparable Mr. C. Como’s hourlong variety show replaced his three-times-per-week, 15-minute show, which had been on the air since 1948. The new version of The Perry Como Show soon became Saturday’s highest-rated TV program, beating CBS competitor Jackie Gleason.Ref: 4
1957*2 male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico.Ref: 5
1963*"The Fugitive" premiers on ABC TV.Ref: 5
1964*Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (KS).Ref: 5
1964*"Bewitched" premiers on ABC TV.Ref: 5
1964*Supremes release "Baby Love".Ref: 5
1965*"Hogan's Heros" debuts on CBS-TV.Ref: 4
1965*"The Smothers Brothers Show", a sitcom, debuted on CBS-TV.Ref: 4
1967*"Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV.Ref: 5
1972*Hit series M*A*S*H premieres on CBS-TV starring Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers.Ref: 70
1976*Ringo releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" albumRef: 5
1983*Vanessa Williams, Miss New York, was crowned Miss America. Williams was the first black woman in the 62-year history of the Miss America Pageant to win the coveted title. Williams relinquished her crown in July 1984 when nude pictures of her were published in Penthouse magazine. She went on to enjoy popularity as a singer (Dreamin’, Save the Best for Last) and an actress (Candyman, Another You, Under the Gun).Ref: 4
1994*II, by Boyz II Men, debuted at number one on the Billboard U.S. album chart. Cuts on the LP: Thank You, All Around the World, U Know, Vibin’, I Sit Away, Jezzebel, Khalil [Interlude], Trying Times, I’ll Make Love to You, On Bended Knee, 50 Candles, Water Runs Dry, Yesterday. II was #I for IV weeks.Ref: 4
1994*Heather Whitestone of Alabama is crowned "Miss America", the first deaf woman to win the title.Ref: 70
2002*Rock star LL Cool J speaks at Wilburforce University. (XDG, p 1A, 9/16/2002)Ref: 83
879*Charles III [The Simple], king of France (893-923), is born.Ref: 5
1271*Wenceslas II king of Bohemia & Poland (1278-1305), is born.Ref: 5
1552*Camillo Borghese, later Pope Paul V, is born.Ref: 69
1730*Baron Frederick von Steuben is born. He is credited with training the Continental Army so they could actually win one now and then.Ref: 5
1743*Marquis de Condorcet France, enlightenment philosopher, is born.Ref: 5
1774*Joseph Caspar Mezzofanti Cardinal/linguist (understood 70 languages), is born.Ref: 5
1786*George Townsly, Xenia Ohio's second postmaster, is born. (XDG, 9/16/1982)Ref: 83
1802*Mercy Jackson, American physician; pioneered women's acceptance in medicine, is born.Ref: 70
1819*Thomas Andrews Hendricks, (D) 21st vice president of the United States, is born.Ref: 5
1850*Ab?lio Manuel Guerra Junqueiro Portuguese poet (The Simple Ones), is born.Ref: 5
1853*William Carlos Williams, American physician, poet, novelist and short story writer, is born.Ref: 70
1854*David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-born American automobile manufacturer, is born.Ref: 70
1857*Konstantin Tsiolkovsky pioneer in rocket & space research, is born.Ref: 5
1859*One of the possible birthdays of "Billy The Kid", born Patrick Henry McCarty to Catherine and Patrick McCarty, probably in New York City. Ref 
1868*Birth of Walter Gowans, Canadian missions pioneer. In 1893 he helped found the Sudan Interior Mission in Toronto. Today, SIM works with African nationals and specializes in church planting, medicine and broadcasting.Ref: 5
1869*Christian Lange Norway, pacifist/internationalist (Nobel 1921), is born.Ref: 5
1874*Ben (Bernard) Turpin comedian, actor: Burlesque of Carmen, Yankee Doodle in Berlin, Mack Sennett comedies, When Comedy was King; is born.Ref: 4
1879*Andrew "Rube" Foster, father of the Negro baseball leagues, is born.Ref: 4
1883*William Carlos Williams, American physician, poet, novelist and short story writer, won a Pulitzer prize for Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems, is born.Ref: 70
1884*Charles Tomlinson Griffes Elmira NY, composer (White Peacock)Ref: 5
1900*J.W. (John Willard) Marriott, of Marriott Hotels, is born.Ref: 68
1901*Sir Francis Chichester, English adventurer; sailed solo around the world, is born.Ref: 70
1902*Esther Ralston actress: Tin Pan Alley, We’re in the Legion Now, Oliver Twist, Shadows of the Orient, To the Last Man; is born.Ref: 4
1903*Dolores Costello actress: The Magnificent Ambersons; is born.Ref: 4
1904*Sir Frederick Ashton, English choreographer and director of the Royal Ballet, is born.Ref: 70
1905*Jerry Colonna Boston Mass, comedian, actor, often seen with Bob Hope, is born.Ref: 68
1907*(US Supreme Court Justice) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren Burger is born. Ref 
1908*David Oistrakh, Russian violin virtuoso, is born.Ref: 70
1917*Lawrence Jacob Atlantic City NJ, artist (Sanitarium), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Peter Bennett London, actor (Leonides-Adv of Sir Lancelot), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Chaim Herzog, President of Israel; is born.Ref: 17
1921*Virgilio Barco Vargas president of Colombia (1986-90), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Ursula Howells London, actress (Girly, Murder is Announced), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Hank Williams country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin'), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Bill Black musician: bassist: group: Bill Black Combo: White Silver Sands, Smokie Pt. 2; played in Elvis Presley band, backup for Elvis; died Oct 21, 1965Ref: 4
1927*George Blanda Penn, NFL hall of famer (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Roddy (Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude) McDowall Tony Award-winning actor: The Fighting Cock [1960]; Planet of the Apes series, The Poseidon Adventure , The Longest Day, How Green was My Valley, My Friend Flicka, Lassie Come Home; is born.Ref: 4
1929 Stirling Moss is born.Ref: 10
1929*Sil Austin musician, tenor saxophone: Slow Walk; composer: Ping-Pong; is born.Ref: 4
1929*Pat Crowley actress: Joe Forrester, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Red Garters, Return to Fantasy Island, is born.Ref: 17
1930*David Huddleston Vinton Va, actor (How the West Was Won), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Edgar Dean Mitchell Hereford Texas, Capt USN/astronaut (Apollo 14), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Thomas P Stafford Weatherford Ok, USAF/astronaut (Gem 6 9, Ap 10 18), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Anne Bancroft (Anna Maria Louisa Italiano) AKA Mrs Mel Brooks, Bronx, actress (Graduate), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Charles Grassley (Sen-R-Iowa), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Dorothy Loudon Boston Mass, actress (Garbo Talks, Garry Moore Show), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly tennis, first woman grand slam (1953), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Ken Kesey author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Orlando (Manuel) Cepeda ‘Baby Bull’, ‘Cha Cha’: Baseball Hall of Famer: SF Giants [Rookie of the Year: 1958/all-star: 1959-1964, 1967/World Series: 1962, 1967, 1968], SL Cardinals [Baseball Writers’ Award: 1967], Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, is born in Ponce, PR. (Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball 2000, ISBN 0-312-20437-X) 
1938*LeeRoy Yarborough race car driver: Daytona 500 winner [1969], is born.Ref: 4
1938*Bobby (Robert Paul Sr.) Wine baseball: Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, is born.Ref: 4
1938*Paul Benedict Silver City NM, actor (Harry-The Jefferson), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Singer LaMonte McLemore (of The Fifth Dimension) is born. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2000)Ref: 83
1939*(US Supreme Court Justice) Justice of the Supreme Court, David H. Souter is born. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2000)Ref: 83
1940*LaMont McLemore singer: group: The 5th Dimension: Up Up and Away, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, [Last Night] I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All, Wedding Bell Blues, Stoned Soul Picnic, is born.Ref: 4
1941*William Grut Sweden, penthathlete (Olympic-gold-1948), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Beverly Aadland Hollywood Cal, Errol Flynn's last girlfriend, is born.Ref: 5
1942*Doris Brown US, 800m runner (Olympic-5th-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Jeff MacNelly, political cartoonist, creator of the comic strip Shoe, is born.Ref: 2
1948*John Ritter Emmy Award winning actor: Three’s Company [1983-84]; Problem Child I & II, Hooperman, Stay Tuned; son of Tex Ritter, is born in Burbank, CA.Ref: 4
1950*Fee Waybill (John Waldo) singer: group: The TubesRef: 4
1951*Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) TV hostess: horror films; actress: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Echo Park, Uncensored, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Balboa, Working Girls, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Kermit Washington basketball: American Univ., LA Lakers, Portland Trailblazers [suspended 26 games for punching Rockets’ Rudy Tomjanovich: 1977], is born.Ref: 4
1952*Harold Solomon tennis: player, coach, is born.Ref: 4
1954*Wayne (Richard) Krenchicki baseball: Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos, is born.Ref: 4
1955*Rita Rudner comedienne, actress: Rita Rudner TV series, Hollywood Squares, is born.Ref: 4
1956*Rita Rudner, comedienne, is born in Miami FL. (TWA, 1994)Ref: 95
1958*Daniel Nunez Cuba, weightlifter (Olympic-gold-1980), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Hank Ilesic, Edmonton, CFL punter, place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Terry Nihen, Concord Mass, playmate (December, 1983), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Dustin Nguyen actor (Harry-21 Jump Street), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Carolyn Monroe actress: X-rated films: is born.Ref: 4
1968*Suzy Cote, Santa Barbara Calif, actress (Samantha-Guiding Light)Ref: 5
1574*Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Spanish sailor and founder of St. Augustine, Fla., dies at age 55.Ref: 70
1665 King Philip IV Spain, dies.Ref: 10
1701 King James II, dies.Ref: 10
1863*Alfred V Comte de Vigny French poet/musketeer/writer (Moďse, Chatterton), dies at age 66.Ref: 4
1873*At sixteen Margaret Mildred "Maggie" Kelly, sister of Australian bushranger and folk hero Edward "Ned" Kelly, marries William Skillion, who was eight years older. He came from Donnybrook and had known the Kellys from childhood. Their wedding took place at the Primitive Methodist Church in Benalla. Ref 
1877*William Henry Fox Talbot, photography pioneer, produced the first book with photographic illustrations (The Pencil of Nature), dies at age 77.Ref: 2
1899*Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American flour miller and food products manufacturer, dies at age 56.Ref: 70
1908*First airplane fatality occurs when Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge, U.S. Army Signal Corps, was in a group evaluating the Wright plane at Fort Myer, Va. He was up 75 ft. with Orville Wright when the propeller hit a bracing wire and was broken, throwing the plane out of control, killing Selfridge and seriously injuring Wright. Ref 
1916*Seth Low, American philanthropist/educator, dies at age 66.Ref: 70
1928*Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500.Ref: 5
1942*Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter, dies at age 87.Ref: 70
1948*Count Folke Bernadotte, UN mediator for Palestine, is assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists at age 53.Ref: 5
1948*Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist, dies at age 61.Ref: 70
1949*Steamer "Noronic" burns at pier killing 128 (Toronto Canada).Ref: 5
1951*Jimmy Yancey, American blues pianist, dies at age 53.Ref: 70
1959*Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea.Ref: 5
1961*Adnan Menderes PM of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62.Ref: 5
1963*Eduard Spranger, German educator and philosopher, dies at age 81.Ref: 70
1963*Train struck makeshift bus full of migrant workers, killing 32.Ref: 5
1964*Clive Bell, English art critic, dies at age 83.Ref: 70
1967*Mount Washington cog railway train derails, kills 8 (NH).Ref: 5
1972*Akim Tamiroff actor: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Anastasia, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Hotel Paradiso, Lord Jim, The Story of Louis Pasteur; dies.Ref: 4
1972*Akim Tamiroff actor: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Anastasia, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Hotel Paradiso, Lord Jim, The Story of Louis Pasteur; dies.Ref: 4
1973*Hugo Winterhalter (orchestra leader: Canadian Sunset, Rhapsody in Blue) dies.Ref: 4
1977*William Henry Fox Talbot, photography pioneer, produced the first book with photographic illustrations (The Pencil of Nature), dies at age 77.Ref: 70
1978*Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft engineer and designer, dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1980*Former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza is assassinated in Paraguay.Ref: 70
1980*Jean Piaget, the Swiss psychologist famous for his studies of cognitive development in children, dies.Ref: 70
1982*David Dubinsky, Russian-bn. American labor leader, dies at age 90.Ref: 68
1984*Richard Basehart actor, dies at 70 in Los Angeles CA following several strokes.Ref: 68
1985*Laura Ashley, British fashion designer, dies at age 60 in Coventry, England. (TWA, 1986)Ref: 95
1989*Jay Stewart annoucer on Let's Make a Deal, commits suicideRef: 5
1989*Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62Ref: 5
1991*Zino (Rene) Francescatti French concert violinist (NY Phil-1939), dies.Ref: 5
1994*Vitas Gerulaitis tennis champion: Australian Open [1977]; is killed by carbon monoxide from a faulty heater.Ref: 4
1995*(US Supreme Court Justice) Warren Burger, American 15th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1969-86), dies at age 87.Ref: 70
1996*Disgraced vice-president (under Richard Nixon) and Governor of Maryland Spiro T. (Theodore) Agnew dies in Berlin MD, at age 77.Ref: 4
1997*Red (Richard) Skelton Emmy Award-winning comedian: The Red Skelton Show [1951, 1960-61]; ATAS Governor's Award [1985-86]; recording artist: The Pledge of Allegiance; "Goodnight ... and may God Bless."; dies.Ref: 68
1998*In Mexico, gunmen apparently sent by a drug lord, yanked three families from their beds before dawn and opened fire, killing 19 men, women and children near a popular Baja California resort. (XDG, p 4A, 9/17/2003)Ref: 83
1999*Frankie Vaughn (Abelson) singer: Garden of Eden, Tower of Strength; dies.Ref: 5

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