TODAY IN HISTORY

First U.S. Congress adjourns and the football debuts on TV

 

On September 29 in:

 

1789, the United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men;

 

1789, the first U.S. Congress adjourns;

 

1949, the Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People's Republic of China;

 

1951, the first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, is televised on NBC;

 

1960, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union, disrupts a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with a number of angry outbursts;

 

1982, The 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders begin when the first of seven individuals dies in metropolitan Chicago; and in

 

2008, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.78 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history. 

No small pox please!

On September 28 in :

 

1885, Riots break out in Montreal to protest against  compulsory smallpox vaccination;

 

1891, Herman Melville, American author and poet dies at the age of 72;

 

1892, The first night game for American football takes place in a contest between Wyoming Seminary and Mansfield State Normal; and in

 

1901, Ed Sullivan, American television host,  is born. 

 

 

Google is born!

On September 27, in the year:

1938, Ocean liner Queen Elizabeth is launched in Glasgow;

1968, the stage musical, HAIR, opens in London, and runs for 1998 performances - and is ended by the roof of the theater collapsing in 1973;

1997, communications with the MARS PATHFINDER space probe are suddenly lost; and

1998, the GOOGLE search engine proclaims this date as it's birthday! 

 

"Don't shoot, G-Men!" and the Beatles last albumn

 

On September 26 in:

 

1087, William II is crowned King of England, and reigns until 1100;

 

1580, Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth;

 

1687, the Parthenon in Athens is partially destoyed by an explosion caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini who are besieging the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens;

 

1933, as gangster Machine Gun Kelly surrenders to the FBI, he shouts out, "Don't shoot, G-Men!" which becomes a nickname for FBI agents;

 

1934, Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched; 

 

1959, Typhoon Vera, the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, makes landfall, killing 4,580 people and leaving nearly 1.6 million others homeless;

 

1960, In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy;

 

1969, Abbey Road, the last recorded album by The Beatles, was released;

 

1983, Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a likely worldwide nuclear war by correctly identifying a report of an incoming nuclear millile as a computer error and not an American first strike. 

The Green Monster is born along with Shel Silverstein

On September 25 in:

 

1890, The U.S. Congress establishes Sequoia National Park;

 

1911, Ground is broken for Fenway Park in Boston;

 

1930, Shel Silverstein, American author, poet, illustrator, and songwriter is born;

 

1957, Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is integrated by the use of United States Army troops; and in

 

1996, The last of the Magdalene asylums closes in Ireland. 

First email in 1979? Who knew?

On September 24 in:

1948, The Honda Motor Company is founded;

1968, 60 Minutes debuts on CBS;

1979, CompuServe launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public email service; and

1991, Dr. Seuss passes away from cancer at age 87. 

A sad day in history

On this day in:

 

1565, Ottoman forces retreat from Malta ending the Great Siege of Malta;

 

1609, Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there;

 

1789, Alexander Hamilton is appointed the first United States Secretary of the Treasury;

 

1830, Anti-Masonic Party convention; one of the first American political party conventions;

 

1941, Ground is broken for the construction of The Pentagon;

 

1985, Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's baseball record for the most career hits with his 4,192nd hit; and in

 

1991, Two hijacked aircraft crash intot he World Trade Center in NYC, while a third smashes into The Pentagon in Virginia and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, PA in a series of coordinated suicide attacks by 19 members of al-Qaeda.  Alttogether, 2,996 people are killed. 

Not much happened on September 10

On September 10 in:

 

1608, John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown, Virginia;

 

1776, Nathan Hale volunteers to spy for the Continental Army;

 

1846, Elias Howe is granted a patent for the sewing machine; and in

 

2008, The Large Hadron Collider at Cern, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, is powered up in Geneva , Switzerland 

 

 

Beatles last concert for paying fans and devastation at the hand of Katrina

On August 29 in:

 

 1758,  the first Native American reservation is established at Indian Mills, N.J.;

 

1915, Swedish-English actress Ingrid Begman is born;

 

1958, the United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado;

 

1966, The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco; and in

 

2005,  Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing an estimated 1,836 people and causing over $108 billion in damage.

 

 

The Pieta is commissioned and a Saint is born

On August 26 in :

 

1498, Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta;

 

1920, The 19th amendment to to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote;

 

1791, John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat;

 

1910, Mother Teresa, Macedonian-Indian missionary, Nobel Prize laureate is born; and in

 

1977, H.A. Rey, the German-American author and illustrator who created Curious George, dies at the age of 79. 

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