Events - September 12
1866 - The first burlesque show opened in New York City. The show was a four-act performance called "The Black Crook". It ran for 475 performances and made about $1.3 million for its producers. Not bad money in 1866. Actually, not bad money now, either.
1873 - The first practical typewriter was sold to customers. We think that in order to celebrate this momentous occasion, we should all hunt and peck on our word processors today ... since all typewriters in this, the Electronic Age, are pretty much impractical ...
1928 - Actress Katharine Hepburn made her stage debut. The play was titled "The Czarina". It would be four years before the ‘First Lady of the American Screen’ would indeed, make her first film, "A Bill of Divorcement".
1938 - H.V. Kaltenborn made broadcasting history by covering a crisis in Czechoslovakia for CBS radio beginning on this day. Kaltenborn was so devoted to his work that he slept in the studio for 18 days while bringing updates to his appreciative audience.
1940 - Johnny Long’s orchestra recorded the classic "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town" for Decca Records.
1953 - The opening scene of "Camelot" was staged. 24-year-old Jacqueline Lee Bouvier wed the 36-year-old U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, future U.S. President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
1954 - "Lassie" was seen on CBS-TV for the first time. Despite being called “girl” by Tommy Rettig, who starred as Jeff Miller, and Jan Clayton, who starred as Jeff’s mom, Ellen, Lassie was, in reality, a male dog. In fact, there were more than a half-dozen Lassie dogs doing stunts.
1966 - The Beatles received a gold record this day for "Yellow Submarine".
1966 - “Hey, hey we’re the Monkees -- and we don’t monkey around...” The theme song from the NBC-TV show, "The Monkees", kicked off a fun-filled weekly series. Some 400 aspiring actors had auditioned for the Columbia television series by producer Don Kirschner. Davy Jones, a former English horse racing jockey; Michael Nesmith, a session guitarist; Peter Tork of the Phoenix Singers; and Micky Dolenz, who had appeared in the TV series "Circus Boy" were picked to be America’s answer to The Beatles. The four were picked to become the fabricated music group -- not because they could sing, act or play musical instruments -- but because they looked the parts. Dolenz and Jones were actors, Tork and Nesmith had some musical experience. The Monkees were the first, made-for-TV, rock group. Ironically -- or maybe not -- "The Monkees" TV show won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series of 1967.
1970 - James Taylor’s first single, "Fire and Rain", was released. Taylor scored 14 hits on the music charts in the 1970s and 1980s.
1979 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits -- and 400 career home runs -- as the Red Sox downed the New York Yankees 9-2 at Fenway Park in Boston.
1983 - Arnold “I’ll Be Back” Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen, 14 years after emigrating from Austria.
1984 - Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. ‘Air’ Jordan became an NBA star for the Bulls and helped make the team a dominant force in the NBA.
1984 - Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets set a rookie strikeout record by fanning his 251st batter of the season. ‘Doc’ Gooden led the Mets to a 2-0 shutout over the Pittsburgh Pirates this day.
1994 - This was a big day for a young company named Mosaic Communications. It announced its first products: a network browser called Mosaic Netscape, and a server line called Mosaic Netsite.
1998 - Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the fourth player in major-league baseball history to reach 60 homers in a single season.
Birthdays - September 12
1818 - Richard Gatling (inventor: Gatling gun; died Feb 26, 1903)
1880 - H.L. (Henry Louis) Mencken (newspaper journalist, critic: Baltimore Sun; author: The Smart Set, American Mercury, The American Language; son of cigarmaker, August Mencken; died January 29, 1956)
1888 - Maurice (Auguste) Chevalier (actor, singer: Gigi, Fanny, Can-Can; died Jan 1, 1972)
1901 - Ben Blue (Benjamin Bernstein) (actor, comedian: Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, Broadway Rhythm, The Big Broadcast of 1938; died Mar 7, 1975)
1913 - Jessie (James Cleveland) Owens (National Track & Field Hall of Famer, Olympic Hall of Famer: Olympic Gold Medalist (4): 1936 Berlin Games: 100-meter, 200-meter, long jump, 4x100-meter relay, breaking or tying Olympic records nine times; Big Ten meet : broke 4 world records and tied another in one afternoon; died Mar 31, 1980)
1916 - Tony (Melvin) Bettenhausen (International Motorsports Hall of Famer; killed while test driving a racecar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 12, 1961)
1918 - Chaim Herzog (President of Israel; died Apr 17, 1997)
1920 - Irene Dailey (actress: Another World; died Sep 24, 2008)
1924 - Ella Mae Morse (singer: Cow Cow Boogie, Shoo Shoo Baby, House of Blue Lights, The Blacksmith Blues; 1st artist to record for Capitol Records; died Oct 16, 1999)
1925 - Stan (Stanley Edward) ‘Stash’ Lopata (baseball: catcher: Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1950/all-star: 1955, 1956], Milwaukee Braves; died Jun 15, 2013)
1925 - Dickie (John) Moore (actor: Miss Annie Rooney, Our Gang series; died Sep 7, 2015)
1931 - George Jones (‘The Possum’: singer: Why Baby Why, White Lightning, The Race is On, He Stopped Loving Her Today, Tender Years, She Thinks I Still Care, Near You [w/Tammy Wynette]; died Apr 26, 2013)
1934 - Glenn Davis (National Track & Field & Olympic Hall of Famer: Olympic Gold Medalist : 400-meter hurdles [1956, 1960], 4x400-meter relay ; football: Detroit Lions wide receiver)
1937 - George Chuvalo (boxing: heavyweight: 97 bouts: 68 wins by knockout, 9 by decision, 2 draws, 1 disqualification, 2 TKOs)
1940 - Linda Gray (actress: Dallas, Models, Inc., Melrose Place)
1940 - Mickey (Michael Stephen) Lolich (baseball: pitcher: Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1968/all-star: 1969, 1971, 1972], NY Mets, SD Padres)
1943 - Maria Muldaur (d’Amato) (singer: Midnight At The Oasis, I’m a Woman)
1943 - Ralph Neely (football: Dallas Cowboys tackle: Super Bowl V, X, XI)
1944 - Barry White (singer: I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby, Never, Never Gonna Give You Up, Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe, Love’s Theme [w/Love Unlimited Orchestra]; played piano on Jesse Belvin’s Goodnight My Love ; died July 4, 2003)
1946 - John ‘Frenchy’ Fuqua (football: Pittsburgh Steelers running back: Super Bowl X)
1947 - John (Evans) Montague (baseball: pitcher: Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, California Angels)
1948 - Dave Washington (football: SF 49ers)
1951 - Joe Pantoliano (actor: Orphans, Bound, The Immortals, The Spy Within, The Fugitive, Nightbreaker, Midnight Run, La Bamba, Empire of the Sun, The Goonies, Risky Business, Eddie and the Cruisers, Idolmaker, From Here to Eternity, The Fanelli Boys)
1952 - Gerry Beckley (singer: Grammy Award-winning  group: America: A Horse with No Name, Sister Golden Hair, Tin Man, Ventura Highway, Lonely People, You Can Do Magic)
1952 - Neil Peart (musician: drums: group: Rush: Rivendell, By-Tor and the Snow Dog, The Fountain of Lamneth, Distant Early Warning)
1955 - Peter Scolari (actor: Bosom Buddies, Newhart, The Mommies, Goodtime Girls, Family Album, Camp Nowhere, Corporate Affairs)
1956 - Barry Andrews (musician: keyboards: groups: League of Gentlemen, XTC)
1956 - Brian Robertson (musician: guitar: groups: Wild Horses, Thin Lizzy: Still in Love with You)
1957 - Michael Hegstrand (pro wrestler/actor: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Wrestlemania VII, VIII, XIII, XIV, Summerslam, Royal Rumble, WWF Judgement Day, Beyond the Mat; died Oct 19, 2003)
1957 - Rachel (Claire) Ward (actress: The Thorn Birds, Night School, Sharky’s Machine, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Against All Odds, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Double Jeopardy)
1957 - Hans Zimmer (Academy Award-winning composer: The Lion King ; Moonlighting, Wild Horses, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Bird on a Wire, Days of Thunder, Thelma & Louise, Backdraft, A League of Their Own, Drop Zone, Crimson Tide, Broken Arrow, The Rock, Scream 2, The Prince of Egypt, Gladiator, Mission: Impossible II, Hannibal, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down)
1966 - Darren E. Burrows (actor: Northern Exposure, Cry-Baby, Class of 1999)
Chart Toppers - September 12
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
Surrender - Perry Como
Wine, Women and Song - Al Dexter
Sh-Boom - The Crew Cuts
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
The High and the Mighty - Victor Young
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
Sheila - Tommy Roe
You Don’t Know Me - Ray Charles
Ramblin’ Rose - Nat King Cole
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
War - Edwin Starr
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
All for the Love of Sunshine - Hank Williams, Jr.
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Hot Blooded - Foreigner
I’ve Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings
Venus - Bananarama
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie
Desperado Love - Conway Twitty
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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