September 13, 2012

September 15, 1942: People, Events, TV, Music



I’m posting this piece in honor of my sister Nancy’s 70th birthday. Return on September 15th to read my tribute to her. 

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age. —Sophia Loren

Nancy, you might want to know…who else was born on YOUR day?

  • 1254 Marco Polo, explorer
  • 1613  Francois, duc de la Rochefoucauld, writer, born in Paris, France. When we cannot find contentment in ourselves it is useless to seek it elsewhere. (d.1680)
  • 1789  James Fenimore Cooper, American novelist, was born. He wrote The Pioneers and Last of the Mohicans., and said The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master. (d.1851)
  • 1857  William H. Taft, 27th United States president.
  • 1890 Agatha Christie, English writer of mystery novels, was born. She wrote Death on the Nile and And Then There Were None.
  • 1922  Jackie Cooper, child star who later played Perry White in Superman films.
  • Gaylord Perry, Hall of Fame pitcher known for his spitballs. His father died while      having his teeth pulled and he became his namesake.
  • 1940 Merlin Olsen, NFL tackle, sportscaster, Little House on the Prairie actor.
  • 1942  Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, United States, sci-fi author of Hotel Transylvania.1942 Phil Harris, English carpet manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1946 Oliver Stone, anti-establishment director of Platoon and Wall Street.
  • 1905 Robert Penn Warren,  Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the first poet laureate of the United States. He wrote ten novels including the 1946 novel All the King’s Men.
  • 1961 Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins quarterback set 20 all-time passing records.
  • 1965 Green Acres premiered on CBS TV.
  • 1984 Prince Harry, younger son of England’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana. 

I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines. —Oliver Goldsmith
What television programs and movies and songs?

  • 1814 the words of the Star-Spangled Banner,  written by Francis Scott Key following the September  13th  attack on Fort Henry, was printed on a handbill without his name. Originally known as The Defense of Fort McHenry.
  • 1930  Hoagy Carmichael recorded Georgia on My Mind. The song has been the official state song of Georgia since 1922.
  • 1949 The Lone Ranger  premiered on ABC television with Clayton Moore) as the masked hero and Jay Silverheels  as Tonto. Their 169  episodes ran to 1957. Moore was replaced      by John Hart for the 1952-1953 season due to a salary dispute.
  • 1951 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes closed at Ziegfeld New York City after 740 performances.
  • 1962  The Beatles were called “a nothing group” after an interview with Peter Jones of the London Daily Mirror.
  • 1964  The Beatles were ordered off the stage at Cleveland’s Public auditorium so the screaming crowd could calm down.
  • 1965 The TV show I Spy premiered. Bill Cosby and Roger Culp (1930-2010) starred in the series which ran for 82 episodes until 1968.
  • 1965 The TV show Lost in Space with Space Family Robinson and robot premiered on CBS. It was set in the year 1997. The show was cancelled in 1968. The CBS TV show featured Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Billy Mumy, Jonathon Harris
  • 1966 The Monkees premier on NBC
  • 1978  Situation comedy Taxi premiers on ABC television. 

May you live all the days of your life. —Jonathan Swift
What events?

  • 1853 – Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell was ordained becoming first female minister in the United States.
  • 1857 Timothy Alden of NYC patented a typesetting machine.
  • 1858 The Butterfield Overland Mail Company began delivering mail from St. Louis to San Francisco. The company’s motto was: Remember, boys, nothing on God’s earth must stop the United States mail!
  • 1928 Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin in the mold Penicillium notatum.
  • 1946 Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 innings, games called because of gnats.
  • 1966  Gemini XI launched for 71-hour flight.
  • 1991  Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) launched.
  • 1996 In Singapore all 120,000 internet subscribers will have to go through proxy servers which will screen them from dozens of sites that contain nudity and sexual topics.
  • 1998 In the Galapagos Islands the Cerro Azul volcano on Isabela Island began erupting and threatened turtle colonies.
  • 1904, Wilbur Wright made his 1st controlled half-circle while in flight.
  • 1998 In Peru an archeologist found six frozen mummies sacrificed to Inca gods over 500 years ago near the crater of the 19,100 foot El Misti volcano, 465 miles southeast of Lima.
  • 2000 In Australia the XXVII Olympic Games opened in Sidney with a seemingly endless parade of athletes and coaches and a spectacular display that included wild fantasy, blazing color, and booming cheers; Aborigine runner Cathy Freeman ignited an      Olympic ring of fire.
  • 2002 Jews in Israel marked Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
  • 2003 More than 100 South Korean tourists flew to North Korea’s capital on the first commercial flight between the two countries since they were divided nearly six decades ago.
  • 2004 Sep 15, Amazon unveiled a new search engine called
  • 2005 Yahoo introduced a search feature for instant answers at
  • 2006 In California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation requiring the driver use of hands-free devices for cell phones starting in 2008.
  • 2007 Sarah Thomas became the first female official to work a game in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly I-A, serving as the line judge in the Jacksonville State-Memphis game.
  • 2007 A meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in southern Peru and villagers were soon struck by a mysterious illness.
  • 2008 In London the sale of pickled sharks, butterfly paintings and other pieces by Damien Hirst, the provocative British artist, raised some US$127 million. The sale continued the next day. Total sales reached $199 million. In 2009 his total auction      sales shrunk to $19 million.
  • 2009 The Frankfurt auto show opened. The French company Renault unveiled a lineup that includes a purely electric sedan, without a backup internal combustion engine. Renault says the vehicle will be in showrooms by 2011.
  • 2010 Microsoft Corp. unveiled the “beta” test version of Internet Explorer 9, the first of a new generation of Web browser programs that tap into the powerful processors on board newer computers to make websites load and run faster.




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