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Fun and historical facts for September 21st

Jim Clerkin
September 21, 2017 - 8:51 am
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SEPTEMBER 21ST

 

  • TODAY IS NEW YORK APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • H.G. WELLS (1866-1946)
  • CHUCK JONES (BUGS BUNNY & DAFFY DUCK) (1912-2002)

  • JAY WARD (ROCKY & BULLWINKLE) (1912-1989)
  • LARRY HAGMAN (1931-2012)
  • LEONARD COHEN (1934-2016)

  • STEVE BESHEAR (D-KY) (1944, 73)
  • STEPHEN KING (1947, 70)
  • BILL MURRAY (1950, 67)

  • SHINZO ABE (1954, 63)
  • ETHAN COEN (1957, 60)
  • KEVIN RUDD (1957, 60)
  • DAVE COULIER (1959, 58)
  • DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT (JAG) (1960, 57)
  • NANCY TRAVIS (1961, 56)
  • FAITH HILL (1967, 50)

  • RICKI LAKE (1968, 49)
  • SAMANTHA POWER (1970, 47)
  • ALFONSO RIBEIRO (FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR) (1971, 46)
  • DAVID VETTER (BUBBLE BOY) (1971-1984)
  • LIAM GALLAGHER (OASIS) (1972, 45)
  • NICOLE RITCHIE (1981, 36)

 

 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1192, RICHARD THE LION HEARTED IS CAPTURED BY LEOPOLD OF AUSTRIA
  • IN 1776, THE BRITISH BURN DOWN A QUARTER OF NYC
  • IN 1776, AMERICAN REBEL NATHAN HALE IS ARRESTED FOR SPYING ON THE BRITISH

  • IN 1780, BENEDICT ARNOLD GIVES THE BRITISH THE PLANS TO WEST POINT
  • IN 1784, THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & GENERAL ADVISOR BECOMES THE FIRST DAILY US NEWSPAPER
  • IN 1827, JOSEPH SMITH SEES AN ANGEL WHO GIVES HIM THE BOOK OF MORMON
  • IN 1863, UNION FORCES RETREAT TO CHATTANOOGA AFTER DEFEAT AT CHICKAMAUGA
  • IN 1987, THE NY SUN RUNS THE “YES, VIRGINIA THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS” EDITORIAL

  • IN 1903, “KIT CARSON”, THE FIRST COWBOY MOVIE, DEBUTS IN THE US
  • IN 1936, FRANCO BECOMES SUPREME COMMANDER IN SPAIN
  • IN 1937, J.R.R. TOLKIEN PUBLISHES “THE HOBBIT”
  • IN 1938, THE GREAT HURRICANE OF 1938 KILLS 500-700 PEOPLE IN LONG ISLAND, NY
  • IN 1950, GEORGE MARSHALL BECOMES SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
  • IN 1955, ROCKY MARCIANO KO’S ARCHIE MOORE FOR THE HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING TITLE
  • IN 1957, “PERRY MASON” DEBUTS ON CBS

  • IN 1966, JIMMY HENDRIX LEGALLY CHANGES THE SPELLING OF HIS NAME TO JIMI
  • IN 1968, “ADAM 12” DEBUTS ON NBC
  • IN 1970, “MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” DEBUTS ON ABC. THE BROWNS BEAT THE JETS
  •  IN 1970, THE NEW YORK TIMES BEGINS THE FIRST MODERN “OP-ED” PAGE
  • IN 1978, THE IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY EXPLODED FOUR PLANES AT RAF AIRFIELD
  • IN 1981, SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR BECOMES THE 1ST FEMALE SUPREME COURT JUDGE

  • IN 1982, THE NFL BEGINS A 57 DAY STRIKE
  • IN 1991, ARMENIA BECOMES INDEPENDENT OF THE SOVIET UNION
  • IN 1991, THE US ANNOUNCES “THE DREAM TEAM” WILL PLAY IN THE 1992 OLYMPICS
  • IN 1996, JOHN KENNEDY JR MARRIES CAROLINE BISSET

  • IN 2008, GOLDMAN SACHS & MORGAN STANLEY, THE LAST TWO INDEPENDENT INVESTMENT BANKS, BECOME HOLDING COMPANIES DUE TO THE SUBPRIME CRISIS
  • IN 2013, GEORGE SOROS (83) MARRIES TAMIKO BOLTON (42)
  • IN 2015, SCOTT WALKER PULLS OUT OF THE REPUBLICAN RACE FOR PRESIDENT
  • IN 2016, MARK ZUCKERBERG PLEDGES $3 BILLION TO MEDICAL RESEARCH TO CURE OR MANAGE ALL DISEASES BY THE END OF THE CENTURY

 

 

BILL MURRAY TRIVIA:

 

  • BILL BROKE ROBERT DENIRO’S NOSE WHILE FILMING “MAD DOG AND GLORY” IN 1993
  • ALL FOUR OF BILL’S BROTHER’S APPEARED IN SCROOGED (1988)
  • HE OWNS A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM IN SOUTH CAROLINA CALLED THE RIVERDOGS. HE’S ALSO RUMORED TO BE BUYING THE BROCKTON ROX
  • THE GROUNDHOG FROM “GROUNDHOG’S DAY” BIT BILL TWICE DURING FILMING (1993)
  • HE’S SUCH A BIG CUBS FAN THAT HE WROTE INTO HIS CONTRACT THAT HE WOULD HAVE SATELLITE FEEDS OF THEIR PLAYOFF GAMES ON SET IN ITALY IN 2003
  • HIS ROLE IN GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYED BY JOHN BELUSHI
  • ONE OF HIS SISTERS, NANCY, IS A DOMINICAN NUN
  • BILL DOES NOT HAVE AN AGENT, BUSINESS MANAGER OR LAWYER. IF YOU WANT TO PITCH HIM A MOVIE, HE HAS AN 800 NUMBER YOU CALL TO LEAVE A VOICEMAIL
  • DAN AKROYD NICKNAMED HIM “THE MURRICANE” BECAUSE OF HIS FAMOUS MOOD SWINGS
  • HE BLAMES HIS FAMOUSLY EXPRESSIVE FACE ON POCKMARKS FROM TEENAGE ACNE
  • HE ALMOST PLAYED THE LEAD ROLE IN “WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT”
  • HE WAS THE FIRST (AND LAST) GUEST ON LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN
  • HE WAS CONSIDERED FOR THE JOHNNY DEPP ROLE IN THE REMAKE OF “CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY”
  • HE WAS CONSIDERED FOR BUZZ LIGHTYEAR IN “TOY STORY” AS WELL AS SULLY IN “MONSTERS INC”
  • HE ONLY AGREED TO DO THE GARFIELD MOVIE BECAUSE HE MISTAKENLY THOUGHT IT WAS A COEN BROTHERS FILM. (THE DIRECTOR IN UNRELATED JOEL COHEN)
  • HE REPORTEDLY ALMOST DROWNED ONCE WHEN HUNTER S. THOMPSON TIED HIM TO A CHAIR AND THREW HIM IN A POOL
  • HE TURNED DOWN THE ROLE OF “FORREST GUMP”
  • HE ONCE WALKED INTO RANDOM FRAT PARTY IN SCOTLAND AND HELPED HIMSELF TO SOME VODKA, DID THE DISHES, AND LEFT
  • HE WAS ARRESTED AT AGE 20 FOR TRYING TO SMUGGLE 9 POUNDS OF POT THROUGH O’HARE AIRPORT
  • HE WAS KICKED OUT OF BOTH THE BOY SCOUTS AND LITTLE LEAGUE FOR CAUSING TOO MUCH TROUBLE
  • HE ACTUALLY BOWLED THE FINAL THREE STRIKES AT THE END OF KINGPIN
  • HE WAS SO INSISTENT ON KEEPING THE HELICOPTER SCENE IN “RUSHMORE” THAT HE PAID $25,000 FOR THE HELICOPTER, EVEN THOUGH HE ONLY MADE $9000 FOR THE MOVIE
  • HE FILMED HIS SCENES IN CADDYSHACK IN JUST SIX DAYS AND REPORTEDLY IMPROVISED ALL OF HIS LINES
  • HE WAS ARRESTED IN STOCKHOLM FOR SUSPICION OF DRIVING A GOLF CART DRUNK, BUT HE WAS ACTUALLY JUST GIVING A FRIEND A RIDE TO 7-ELEVEN AFTER A GAME
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