Events - September 9
1836 - Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law.
1850 - When California became the 31st of the United States of America on this day, cries of “there’s gold in them thar hills” had already been heard for two years. So, it’s no surprise that the nickname for the most populous state is the Golden State, and that the golden poppy (orange-yellowish in color) is the state flower. (Contrary to popular opinion, the California poppy does not yield opium.) The state bird of California is the California valley quail. No, it is not golden in color, but is grayish-brown with black, white and chestnut markings. Sacramento, centrally located but far from being the largest city in the state, is the state capital.
1898 - Tom Fleming of Eau Claire, WI won the first log rolling championship -- in Omaha, NE.
1926 - The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was organized as a broadcasting service of the Radio Corporation of America.
1946 - Ben Alexander hosted "Heart’s Desire" for the first time. "Heart’s Desire" was a giveaway contest program on the Mutual Broadcasting System.
1950 - Sal Maglie of the New York Giants pitched a fourth consecutive shutout. Only four other pitchers in the National League had accomplished this feat.
1956 - On this Sunday night, 54,000,000 viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S. television audience) turned their TV dials to CBS to see and hear 21-year-old singer Elvis ‘The Pelvis’ Presley. Elvis sang "Don’t Be Cruel" and "Ready Teddy". One female Elvis fan described him as, “One big hunk of forbidden fruit.” Elvis got the largest fee to that date for appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show": $50,000.
1965 - Los Angeles Dodgers player Sandy Koufax pitched the eighth perfect game in major-league baseball history by leading the Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs 1-0. A perfect game is one in which the same player pitches the entire game without allowing any player of the opposing team to reach first base by any means (hits, walks, errors or black magic).
1971 - Hockey legend Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings retired from the National Hockey League on this day.
1979 - Tracy Austin became the youngest player to win the U.S. Open women’s tennis title. She was 16 years old.
1981 - John McEnroe defeated Czechoslovakia’s Ivan Lendl. It was McEnroe’s fourth U.S. Open, men’s singles, tennis championship. This one was won over Lendl by scores of 6-3, 6-4, and 6-1.
1984 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears broke Jim Brown’s combined yardage record by reaching 15,517 yards.
1986 - Ted Turner presented the first of his colorized films -- on his superstation WTBS in Atlanta, GA. The first Hollywood classic to get the new look was "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Some people were opposed to the colorization process, where color is added to black-and-white movies. They felt the originals should be pristine -- that any change interferes with the original creativity.
1990 - The Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, closed to public tours in 1984, was reopened this day, following a $160 million restoration. Private citizens had mounted the campaign that returned the island’s main building to its former grandeur. Ellis Island was the gateway for more than half of the immigrants entering the U.S. between 1892 and 1924.
1998 - Four tourists who had paid $32,500 each were taken in a 23-foot submersible to view the wreckage of the "Titanic" two and a-half miles below the ocean surface off Newfoundland. Comments about the experience: “Awesome ... and humbling, too.”
Birthdays - September 9
1877 - Frank (Leroy) Chance (‘Husk’, ‘The Peerless Leader’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Chicago Orphans, Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910], NY Yankees; manager: NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox; minor-league team owner; subject of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play; died Sep 15, 1924)
1890 - Colonel Harland Sanders (businessman, cook, restaurateur: developed Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) chain; died Dec 16, 1980)
1893 - Esther Cleveland (daughter of U.S. President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland; first child of a U.S. President to be born at the White House; died June 25, 1980)
1898 - Frankie (Francis) Frisch (‘The Fordham Flash’: baseball: NY Giants [World Series: 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924], SL Cardinals [World Series: 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1931/all-star: 1933, 1934, 1935]; died Mar 12, 1973)
1899 - Waite (Charles) Hoyt (‘Schoolboy’: Baseball Hall of Famer: pitcher: NY Giants, Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees [World Series: 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1928], Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics [World Series: 1931], Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates; radio sportscaster; died Aug 25, 1984)
1905 - Joseph E. Levine (movie producer: The Graduate, Carnal Knowledge, The Lion in Winter; died July 31, 1987)
1923 - Cliff Robertson (Academy Award-winning actor: Charly ; PT 109, Days of Wine and Roses, The Devil’s Brigade, Midway, Gidget, Picnic, Three Days of the Condor, Brainstorm, Falcon Crest; AT&T commercials; died Sep 10, 2011)
1923 - Jimmy ‘The Greek’ Snyder (Demetrios Georgios Synodinos) (oddsmaker, broadcaster: The NFL Today; died Apr 21, 1996)
1924 - Jane Greer (actress: Immediate Family, Just Between Friends, Against All Odds, Man of a Thousand Faces, Clown, Prisoner of Zenda, Out of the Past, Dick Tracy Detective; died Aug 24, 2001)
1932 - Sylvia Miles (actress: Midnight Cowboy, Crossing Delancey)
1941 - Otis Redding (musician, singer: [Sittin’ on] The Dock of the Bay; killed in plane crash Dec 10, 1967)
1942 - Inez Foxx (singer: Mockingbird [w/brother, Charlie])
1942 - Luther Simmons (singer: group: Main Ingredient: Everybody Plays the Fool)
1945 - Dee Dee Sharp (Dione LaRue) (singer: Mashed Potato Time, Gravy [For My Mashed Potatoes], Ride!, Do the Bird, Slow Twistin’ [w/Chubby Checker])
1946 - Doug Ingle (musician: keyboard, singer: group: Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida)
1946 - Billy Preston (musician, songwriter, singer: Will It Go Round in Circles, Nothing from Nothing, Outa-Space, Get Back [w/The Beatles], With You I’m Born Again [w/Syreeta]; appeared in film: St. Louis Blues; played w/Little Richard’s Band; died June 6, 2006)
1947 - Freddy Weller (musician: guitar: Paul Revere and The Raiders ; solo: Games People Play; songwriter: Dizzy)
1949 - Joe Theismann (football: Washington Redskins QB: Bert Bell Award , AP Player of the Year , Super Bowl XVII, XVIII;, Toronto Argonauts; ESPN sportscaster)
1951 - Tom Wopat (actor: Cybill, The Dukes of Hazzard, A Peaceable Kingdom, Blue Skies; singer: The Rock and Roll of Love)
1952 - Angela Cartwright (actress: Make Room for Daddy, Lost in Space)
1952 - Jerry (Wayne) Mumphrey (baseball: SL Cardinals, SD Padres, NY Yankees [World Series: 1981], Houston Astros [all-star: 1984], Chicago Cubs)
1952 - David Stewart (musician: guitar, keyboard: duo: Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams, Who’s That Girl, Right by Your Side, Here Comes the Rain Again; Tourists: Loneliest Man in the World)
1960 - Hugh Grant (actor: Sense and Sensibility, Nine Months, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Remains of the Day, Impromptu, The Dawning, Maurice, Extreme Measures, Notting Hill, Mickey Blue Eyes)
1966 - Adam Sandler (comedian: The Cosby Show, Saturday Night Live [opera man]; actor: Happy Gilmore, Mixed Nuts, Airheads, Coneheads, Shakes the Clown, Going Overboard, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy)
1969 - Scott DeFreitas (actor: As the World Turns)
1971 - Henry Thomas (actor: Riders of the Purple Sage, Legends of the Fall, Fire in the Sky, A Taste for Killing, Psycho 4: The Beginning, The Quest, Cloak & Dagger, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raggedy Man)
1980 - Michelle Williams (actress: Dawson’s Creek, Species, A Thousand Acres, Prozac Nation, Perfume)
Chart Toppers - September 9
Because of You - Tony Bennett
Come on-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
I Get Ideas - Tony Martin
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell
Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
I’m Gonna Get Married - Lloyd Price
Red River Rock - Johnny & The Hurricanes
The Three Bells - The Browns
Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry
Reflections - Diana Ross & The Supremes
Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee
Your Tender Loving Care - Buck Owens
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
At Seventeen - Janis Ian
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - James Taylor
Feelins’ - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynne
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
Maniac - Michael Sembello
Puttin’ on the Ritz - Taco
I Fire I Can’t Put Out - George Strait
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
The Promise of a New Day - Paula Abdul
Motownphilly - Boys II Men
Brand New Man - Brooks & Dunn
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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