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Fun and historical facts for September 20

Jim Clerkin
September 20, 2017 - 8:46 am
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SEPTEMBER 20TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL STRING CHEESE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PUNCH DAY

 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • UPTON SINCLAIR (1878-1968)
  • RED AUERBACH (1917-2006)
  • ANNE MEARA (1929-2015)

  • SOPHIA LOREN (1934, 83)
  • GEORGE R.R. MARTIN (1948, 69)
  • JOHN HENRY (1949, 68)
  • GARY COLE (1956, 61)
  • CRISPIN GLOVER (1964, 53)

  • KRISTEN JOHNSON (1967, 50)

 

 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 451, ROMAN GENERAL FLAVIUS DEFEATS ATTILA THE HUN, HALTING THE HUN INVASION OF EUROPE
  • IN 622, ISLAMIC PROPHET MUHAMMED ARRIVES IN JATHRIB (MEDINA)
  • IN 1187, SALADIN BEGINS THE SIEGE OF JERUSALEM

  • IN 1519, FERDINAND MAGELLAN DEPARTS ON HIS TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
  • IN 1664, MARYLAND PASSES THE FIRST ANTI-INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE LAW
  • IN 1797, THE USS CONSTITUTION IS LAUNCHED IN BOSTON
  • IN 1814, THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER IS OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED AS A SONG
  • IN 1859, THE ELECTRIC RANGE IS PATENTED
  • IN 1863, JACOB GRIMM, AUTHOR OF “GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES” DIES AT 78
  • IN 1873, A BANK SCANDAL PANICS THE NEW YORK STOCK ECHANGE, FORCING A 10 DAY SHUT DOWN
  • IN 1877, CHASE NATIONAL BANK OPENS IN NYC
  • IN 1881, CHESTER ARTHUR IS SWORN IN AS THE 21ST PRESIDENT OF THE US
  • IN 1884, THE EQUAL RIGHTS PARTY NOMINATES WOMEN FOR BOTH PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
  • IN 1891, THE FIRST GAS POWERED CAR IS RELEASED IN SPRINGFIELD, MA
  • IN 1904, ORVILLE AND WILBUR WRIGHT TAKE THEIR FIRST FLIGHT

  • IN 1932, GANDHI BEGINS A HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST THE TREATMENT OF “UNTOUCHABLES” IN INDIA
  • IN 1934, BRUNO HAUPTMANN IS ARRESTED FOR THE KIDNAPPING OF CHARLES LINDBURGH’S 20 MONTH OLD SON. HE IS LATER EXECUTED.
  • IN 1939, JOE LOUIS BECOMES THE HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION
  • IN 1952, “THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW” DEBUTS ON CBS
  • IN 1962, THE GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI REFUSED TO ADMIT A BLACK MAN, JAMES MEREDITH, TO MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY
  • IN 1968, MICKEY MANTLE HITS HIS FINAL HOME RUN, #536
  • IN 1969, THE ARCHIE’S HIT #1 WITH “SUGAR SUGAR”
  • IN 1970, JIM MORRISON IS FOUND “NOT GUILTY” IN HIS LEWD BEHAVIOR TRIAL
  • IN 1973, BILLIE JEAN KING DEFEATS BOBBY RIGGS IN THE “BATTLE OF THE SEXES”

  • IN 1973, JIM CROCE DIES IN A PLANE CRASH AT 30
  • IN 1975, “FAME” BY DAVID BOWIE HITS #1 ON THE SINGLES CHART
  • IN 1976, “THE CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE” DEBUTS ON ABC
  • IN 1977, THE FONZ JUMPS OVER A SHARK ON “HAPPY DAYS”

  • IN 1984, “THE COSBY SHOW” DEBUTS ON NBC
  • IN 1984, 23 PEOPLE ARE KILLED WHEN A TERRORIST DRIVES A CAR LOADED WITH EXPLOSIVES INTO THE US EMBASSY IN BEIRUT
  • IN 1989, “MISS SAIGON” DEBUTS IN LONDON
  • IN 1989, RICHARD RAMIREZ, “THE NIGHT STALKER” IS CONVICTED FOR 13 MURDERS IN LOS ANGELES
  • IN 1990, EAST AND WEST GERMANY RATIFY RE-UNIFICIATION
  • IN 2001, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH DECLARES A “WAR ON TERROR” TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS
  • IN 2003, MEGAN MULLALY MARRIES NICK OFFERMAN IN LOS ANGELES
  • IN 2005, KATE MOSS IS DROPPED BY H&M OVER ALLEGATIONS OF DRUG USE
  • IN 2011, THE US MILITARY OFFICIALLY ENDS “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”
  • IN 2011, “NEW GIRL” DEBUTS ON FOX
  • IN 2011, CARLY RAE JEPSEN RELEASES “CALL ME MAYBE”, THE #1 SONG OF THAT YEAR

  • IN 2013, “GRAND THEFT AUTO” SETS A RECORD FOR THE FASTEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT IN ANY MEDIUM TO ATTAIN $1 BILLION IN SALES
  • IN 2013, THE RUSSIAN MILITARY BOARDS GREENPEACE SHIP “ARCTIC SUNRISE”
  • IN 2015, POPE FRANCIS MEETS WITH FIDEL CASTRO IN CUBA
  • IN 2015, MARTIN SHKRELI RAISES THE PRICES OF DARAPIN BY 5000%
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