Wednesday, September 17, 2003

People I share a birthday with....

John Ritter -- 9/17/1948
Hank Williams -- 9/17/1923
Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson -- 9/17/1951
Dorothy Loudon -- 9/17/1933
Anne Bancroft -- 9/17/1931
Roddy McDowall -- 9/17/1928
Justice David Souter -- 9/17/1939
Mark Brunell (quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars) -- 9/17/1970
Former Chief Justice Warren Burger -- 9/17/1907
Kevin Clash (the voice of Elmo) -- 9/17/1960
Ken Kesey (author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next -- 9/17/1935
King Charles III of France -- 9/17/879 (yes that's the year 879)
Pope Paul V -- 9/17/1552

Events that have taken place on my birthday....

1394 -- Jews are expelled from France by order of King Charles VI
1630 -- City of Boston forms
1776 -- Presidio of SF forms as a Spanish fort
1787 -- US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
1789 -- William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn
1819 -- 1st whaling ship arrives in Hawaii
1861 -- 1st day school for freedmen forms at Fortress Monroe Virginia
1862 -- Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)-bloodiest day of the Civil War
1863 -- Pope Pius IX encyclical On persecution in New Grenada
1873 -- 19 students attend opening class at Ohio State University
1908 -- Thomas Selfridge becomes 1st fatality of powered flight
1911 -- 1st transcontinental airplane flight, NY-Pasadena in 82 hrs 4 min
1920 -- National Football League organized in Canton Ohio
1922 -- Radio Moscow begins transmitting (12 KWs-most powerful station)
1927 -- Charles Lindbergh visits San Francisco
1928 -- Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500
1928 -- Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning
1934 -- 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording released (Beethoven's 5th)
1937 -- 1st NFL game in Washington, DC; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3
1939 -- Soviet Union invades Poland during WW II
1943 -- Load of "ammunition in transit" explodes at Norfolk Naval Air Station
1947 -- James Forrestal sworn in as 1st US secretary of defense
1949 -- Steamer "Noronic" burns at pier killing 128 (Toronto Canada)
1950 -- San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
1952 -- "I am an American Day" & "Constituion Day" renamed "Citizenship Day"
1953 -- 1st successful separation of Siamese twins
1953 -- Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player
1954 -- Heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8
1956 -- Black students enter Clay Ky elementary school
1956 -- Yanks clinch pennant #22 on Mantle's 50th homer of the year
1957 -- Scott Crossfield takes X-15 up for 1st powered flight
1957 -- 2 male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico
1959 -- Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit
1959 -- Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea
1961 -- Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)
1962 -- US space officials announce selection of 9 new astronauts
1963 -- "The Fugitive" premiers on ABC TV
1963 -- Train struck makeshift bus full of migrant workers, killing 32
1964 -- "Bewitched" premiers on ABC TV
1964 -- Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)
1964 -- Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001
1964 -- Supremes release "Baby Love"
1967 -- "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV
1967 -- Mount Washington cog railway train derails, kills 8 (NH)
1967 -- New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13
1968 -- Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 1-0
1968 -- Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of the Moon
1972 -- "M*A*S*H," premiers on TV
1972 -- BART begins passenger service in SF
1974 -- Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup
1975 -- Rollout of 1st space shuttle orbiter Enterprise (OV-101)
1976 -- NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, Calif
1976 -- Ringo releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" album
1977 -- Dave Kingman hits his 1st Yankee homer, Reggie hits 2 more
1978 -- Begin, Sadat & Carter sign the Camp David accord
1978 -- Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept, 1978 7-3
1980 -- Solidarity labor union in Poland forms
1982 -- NJ Devils 1st exhibition game, beating the Caps 3-1 in Hershey Pa
1983 -- Vanessa Williams of NY became 1st black Miss America
1984 -- Brian Mulroney sworn in as Canada's 18th PM succeeding John Turner
1984 -- Met's Dwight Goodin becomes 2nd to strikeout 32 over 2 cons games
1985 -- Soyuz T-14 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
1986 -- Marina Stepanova of USSR sets the 400m hurdle woman's record (52.94)
1986 -- US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice
1987 -- Phila celebrates 200th anniversary of the Constitution
1988 -- Jeff Reardon becomes 1st to record 40 or more saves in both AL & NL
1989 -- Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62
1989 -- NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to the US (from New Zealand)
1990 -- Newspaper Guild votes 242-35 to keep NY Post publishing
1990 -- Soviet Union & Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic ties
1991 -- North & South Korea joins the UN

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