Today in History


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Sept 21st Birthdays:
H G Wells- British sci-fi author' War of the Worlds'
Larry Hagman- actor 2 best known TV roles' Maj Tony Nelson' in NBC sitcom 'I Dream of Jeannie' ,'JR Ewing in CBS drama' Dallas' his mother was actress Mary Martin
Jerry Bruckheimer-film producer' Top Gun, Flashdance, Pirates of the Caribbean
Bill Murray- comedic actor- original cast member on SNL '76-'80 ,he replaced Chevy Chase
movies' Caddyshack, St Vincent, Ghostbusters
Joseph Mazzello- actor orignial Jurassic Park,played young boy'Tim' The Social Network,HBO mini series' The Pacific
Eric Dickson- U.S inventor 'Band-Aid' 68
Jacquline Susann- author' Valley of the Dolls' 56{cancer}
Florence Griffith Joyner nickname' Flo-Jo" U. S. sprinter won 3 gold medals at '88 Summer Olympic Games 38{epileptic seizure}


On This Day In History, September 22nd

1980 Iran-Iraq War begins with Iraq invading Iran

It is thought to be one of the 20th century's deadliest and longest conventional wars. It ended 7 years later with no decisive victory and massive losses, both in terms of human lives and in terms of the economy on both sides.

1979 The American-run Vela satellite detects a series of bright flashes over the Indian Ocean
The flashes were thought to be associated with atmospheric nuclear explosions. Some experts theorized that they were caused by joint Israeli and South African nuclear exercises. The governments of both countries denied this and to date, it hasn't been confirmed whether the flashes were indeed nuclear explosions, and who was responsible for them.

1975 Assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford is foiled
FBI informant Sara Jane Moore's attempt to assassinate the president in San Francisco failed due to a faulty gun and the efforts of ex-FBI agent Oliver Sipple who tackled her.

1960 Mali Federation becomes Mali
In August 1960, Senegal opted out of the Mali Federation allowing the federation to take on the name of Mali.

1869 Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold or The Rhine Gold is heard for the first time

The first of 4 musical works of art that constitute Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Das Rheingold was played at the National Theatre in Munich. The other three music dramas are Die Walküre or The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung or Twilight of the Gods.


Births On This Day, September 22nd 🎂

1964 Liam Fox
Scottish politician

1958 Andrea Bocelli
Italian tenor, songwriter, producer

1902 Ruhollah Khomeini
Iranian religious leader, politician, 1st Supreme Leader of Iran

1791 Michael Faraday
English scientist

1515 Anne of Cleves

Deaths On This Day, September 22nd 🪦

2015 Yogi Berra
American baseball player, manager

2007 Marcel Marceau
French mime, actor

1989 Irving Berlin
American composer

1961 Marion Davies
American actress

1828 Shaka
Zulu leader



Holidays on This Day, September 22nd 🍹🌴

National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen- Australia

Day off for Saudi National Day- Saudi Arabia

Emancipation Day- the USA

Independence Day- Bulgaria, Mali

Mauritius Day- Switzerland


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22 September 1966
Surveyor 2, the lunar lander launched from Cape Kennedy two days previously, suffered a thruster malfunction at the beginning of it's orbital maneuvers sending the spacecraft into a tumbling orbit. The craft eventually crashed into the surface of the moon.


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22 September 1918
The first radio message from England to Australia occurred on this day.
The message was sent from Carnarvon, Wales to Sydney, New South Wales.
It was a message by the Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes, who was in England trying to raise enthusiasm for the Australian war effort in Europe because public support was waning.
The message was;
‘I have just returned from a visit to the battlefields where the glorious valour and dash of the Australian troops saved Amiens and forced back the legions of the enemy, filled with greater admiration than ever for these glorious men and more convinced than ever that it is the duty of their fellow-citizens to keep these magnificent battalions up to their full strength. W.M. Hughes, Prime Minister.’


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Ben Franklin published a 'hoax letter' 'An Edict by the King of Prussia' in the Public Advertiser criticizing
Britian's colonial policies in the American colonies
A Chicago grand jury met to investigate the charges that 8 Chicago White Sox baseball players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series
Antonio Albertondo from Argentina, becomes the 1st person to complete a 2 way non-stop swim across the English Channel. It took him 43 hrs,10min
NBC's political drama' The West Wing' debuts created by Aaron Sorkin. The show is about a fictious Dem Pres{from NH} 'Jed Bartlet' {Martin Sheen} his presidency in the White House with mix of politcal intrigue,personal stories cast: John Spencer{Leo,chief of staff}, Bradley Whitford{Josh, deputy chief of staff}, Allison Janney'{CJ, press secretary}, Richard Schiff{Toby' comm director} Stockyard Channing{Abby,Jed's wife} show ended in 2006
Pope Francis arrives at Joint Base,Maryland greeted by Pres Obama,&VP Joe Biden as he begins his 6 day tour of the U.S.


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Sept 22nd Birthdays:
Rosamunde Pilcher- British author' The Shell Seekers,Empty House,September'
Tommy Lasorda- retired Baseball Hall of Fame manager of Los Angeles Dodgers '76-'96,won 2 World Series '81,'88
Andrea Bocelli- blind Italian tenor
1776- Nathan Hale- U.S capt/patriot/spy 21{ hanged by British for spying}
Irving Berlin -composer/ lyricist ,many consider him as one of the greatest composers in history
'White Christmas' 'God Bless America, Always, Cheek to Cheek 101
Gordon Jump-actor best known TV role' Arthur Carlson' in CBS sitcom,'WKRP in Cincinatti, played the station manager 71
Marcel Marceau- French mime artist, famous character 'Bip' the clown 84


On This Day In History, September 23rd

1965 The Indo-Pakistani War comes to an end after an UN-mandated ceasefire

Also known as the Second Kashmiri War, the war was fought between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

1952 Nixon Makes his Checkers Speech
The televised speech was made by then-Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon as a response to accusations of corruption and the use of campaign funds for private expenses. The speech received its name due to the mention of Checkers, a dog he had received as a gift for his children. In the speech, he emphasized that he intended to keep Checkers.

1932 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is Founded

The Middle Eastern country was created by merging the kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd by Ibn Saud, the king of the House of Saud. The day is celebrated as Saudi National Day in the Kingdom.

1909 Phantom of the Opera makes its Literary Debut
The novel about a disfigured musical genius was written by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a series in the French newspaper, Le Gaulois. The novel was later adapted as a popular musical and as a film.

1889 Nintendo is Founded

The Japanese gaming company was created by entrepreneur Fusajiro Yamauchi as a card company called Nintendo Koppai, which was based in Kyoto. The company originally produced and sold playing cards called Hanafuda. The release of Donkey Kong, an arcade game in 1981, brought Nintendo to the forefront of the electronic and video games industry.


Births On This Day, September 23rd 🎂

1949 Bruce Springsteen
American singer-songwriter, guitarist

1930 Ray Charles
American singer-songwriter, pianist, actor

1926 John Coltrane
American saxophonist, composer

1215 Kublai Khan
Mongolian Emperor

63 Augustus
Roman Emperor

Deaths On This Day, September 23rd 🪦

1994 Robert Bloch
American author

1988 Tibor Sekelj
Hungarian explorer, author

1973 Pablo Neruda
Chilean poet, Nobel Prize laureate

1968 Pio of Pietrelcina
Italian priest, saint

1939 Sigmund Freud
Austrian neurologist


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23rd September

1338 The first naval battle of the Hundred Years' War between England and France took place On This Day. It was the first naval battle using artillery, as the English ship Christofer had three cannons and one hand gun.

1459 In the first major 'Wars of the Roses' battle, the Yorkists, in spite of being heavily outnumbered by 2 to 1, defeated the Lancastrians at the Battle of Blore Heath, Staffordshire.

1641 The Merchant Royal, a 17th century English merchant ship was lost at sea off Land's End. On board were at least 100,000 pounds of gold (nearly one billion pounds in today's money), 400 bars of Mexican silver and nearly 500,000 pieces of eight and other coins, making it one of the most valuable wrecks of all times. The wreck remains undiscovered.

1987 An Australian court lifted the ban on the publication of Peter Wright's autobiography, Spycatcher.

2019 The collapse of the travel firm Thomas Cook triggered the biggest ever peacetime repatriation, codenamed Operation Matterhorn. 600,000 Thomas Cook customers were on holiday at the time, of which 150,000 were British. The company was the first travel agency and was founded by Thomas Cook, a Baptist cabinet maker, on 5th July 1841. The first official 'Cook's Tour' involved almost 600 teetotallers taking the train from Leicester to Loughborough to attend a temperance meeting.


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23 September 1846
Astronomer Joham Gottfried Galle became the first person ever to observe the planet Neptune.

In England, Cambridge Observatory director James Challis put forward the name Oceanus.
Galle then suggested the name ‘Janus‘, but later on, Le Verrier claimed his right to name his discovered planet Neptune.
After further quarrels, the name became widely accepted in the international scientific community.
In Roman mythology, Neptune was the god of the sea, identified with the Greek Poseidon.
The demand for a mythological name seemed to be in keeping with the glossary of the other planets, all of which, except for Earth, were named for deities in Greek and Roman mythology.


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23 September 1959
The passenger ferry - Princess of Tasmania - sailed on her maiden voyage.
On entering service, she was used on the Devonport to Melbourne route across Bass Strait.
The ship continued operating until 1972, when it was replaced by the Empress of Australia.
She was sold nine times and was in service in nine different countries before being sold for scrap in 2005.


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Japanese card company Hanafuda' was founded by Fusajro Yamauchi,the cards could be used for various games. Through the yrs the family owned company struggled to keep it going. In the 60's it was renamed 'Nintendo',which became an electronic toy company. One of their most popular games released was 'Game Boy' in 1989
at the NYC World's Fair, a time capsule was buried with a woman's hat, man's pipe,1,100 ft of microfilm. It is to be opened in 6939
movie 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' directed by George Roy Hill was released. The story is about 2 Western outlaws,Butch{Paul Newman}, Sundance{Robert Redford} pursued by a sherriff's posse. Others in cast Katherine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Cloris Leachman. The movie won 4 Oscars, cinematography, original score/, song'Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head{Burt Bacharach,Hal David},original screenplay
Congress approves the rose to be U.S national flower


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Sept 23rd Birthdays:
Walter Pidgeon-Canadian actor 'Mrs Miniver, Madam Curie
Mickey Rooney- actor Boy's Town, Andy Hardy movies, National Velvet, The Black Stallion, won an Honorary Oscar in '83
Tom Lester- actor best known TV role' Eb', handy man in CBS sitcom' Green Acres'
Bruce Springsteen' aka' The Boss' singer/songwriter "Born to Run,Born in the U.S.A. won Oscar for best original song' Philadelphia' from movie of same name
Ani deFranco- alternative/folk/pop singer songwriter, founder of Righteous Babe records
Sigmund Freud- Austrian neurologist, creator of psychoanalysis 83
Mary Frann- actress best known TV role' Joanna Loudon', in CBS sitcom' Newhart' played Bob Newhart's 2nd TV wife.In this show Bob&Joanna owned the Stratford Inn in Vermont 55 {heart attack}
Gale Sayers- Pro Football Hall of Fame half back with Chicago Bears 77{dementia/Alzheimers}


On This Day In History, September 24th

1973 Guinea-Bissau gains independence

Guinea-Bissau declared its independence from Portugal. The declaration was recognized almost a year later on September 10, 1974.

1957 Camp Nou, a stadium that seats over 99,000 opens its doors to football fans
Situated in Barcelona, Spain, it is the largest stadium in Europe and the 11th largest in the world.

1948 Honda Motor Company is founded by Soichiro Honda

The automobile manufacturer is also the world's largest producer of motorcycles.

1869 Black Friday in the United States

A group of speculators headed by James Fisk and Jay Gould started hoarding gold, which led to high gold prices. The US Treasury under the orders of President Ulysses S. Grant sold a large amount of gold leading to a plummet in gold prices within the span of minutes.

1789 US Congress Adopts the Judiciary Act of 1789

The act was passed by the first Congress of the United States. It created the US federal judiciary including the Supreme Court.


Births On This Day, September 24th 🎂

1981 Ryan Briscoe
Australian race car driver

1936 Jim Henson
American puppeteer, director, and producer, founded The Company

1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald
American author

1755 John Marshall
American jurist, 4th Chief Justice of the United States

1714 Alaungpaya
Burmese king

Deaths On This Day, September 24th 🪦

1991 Dr. Seuss
American author, poet, illustrator

1834 Pedro I of Brazil

1621 Jan Karol Chodkiewicz
Polish military commander

1435 Isabeau of Bavaria

1180 Manuel I Komnenos
Byzantine Emperor