Events - September 14
1741 - George Frederick Handel completed his "Messiah". It took the composer just 23 days to complete the timeless musical treasure which is still very popular during the Christmas holiday season.
1814 - Frances Scott Key, an attorney in Washington, DC, was aboard a warship that was bombarding Fort McHenry (an outpost protecting the city of Baltimore, MD). Key wrote some famous words to express his feelings. Those words became "The Star-Spangled Banner", which officially became the U.S. national anthem by an act of Congress in 1931.
1886 - George K. Anderson of Memphis, TN patented the typewriter ribbon. For those of you who don’t remember typewriters, no less their ribbons, these ribbons were inked and had to be threaded through prongs and from reel to reel. Very messy and a big pain in the neck.
1927 - Gene Austin waxed one of the first million sellers. He recorded his composition, "My Blue Heaven", for Victor Records.
1936 - The NBC radio network presented "John’s Other Wife" for the first time. Actually, John’s other wife was not his wife at all. She was his secretary.
1957 - Richard Boone became the hired gun, Paladin. The CBS-TV series "Have Gun Will Travel" debuted this night. The popular western continued for six years.
1968 - Cardigan Bay was retired at the age of 12. The famous horse was the first harness racer to earn $1,000,000 in career winnings.
1972 - As lights went out in bedrooms throughout America, voices were heard repeating the good-night routine performed on this, the first performance of "The Waltons" on CBS-TV. “Good night, John Boy”, “Good night, Jim-Bob”, “Good night, Elizabeth” and so on... Families tuned in every Thursday night to get a TV view of the life happenings of the Walton family. The Depression years (and later) story, narrated by its creator, Earl Hamner, Jr., was seen through the eyes of the oldest of 7 children, John Boy, portrayed by Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas.
1973 - Donny Osmond received a gold record for his hit single, "The Twelfth of Never". The song, released in March of 1973, was one of five which turned gold for the young Osmond. His other solo successes were "Sweet & Innocent", "Go Away Little Girl", "Hey Girl" and "Puppy Love".
1978 - The first show of the TV series "Mork & Mindy", starring the irrepressible Robin Williams as Mork and actress Pam Dawber as Mindy, aired on ABC-TV. Mork had made an earlier (February, 1978) appearance, landing on earth during an episode of "Happy Days". Na nu, na nu.
1982 - Princess Grace of Monaco died from injuries suffered when her car plunged off a mountain road. Her daughter, seventeen-year-old Stephanie, a passenger in the car, suffered bruises and trauma. Princess Grace, the former movie star, Grace Kelly, of Pennsylvania and Hollywood, had been married to Prince Ranier III of Monaco since 1956.
1984 - Dustin Hoffman brought the show "Death of a Salesman" back to Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre. The classic show broke with tradition. It ran only six times a week instead of the usual eight performances.
1995 - The London auction house, Sotheby’s, auctioned Paul McCartney’s hand-written lyrics for the Beatles’ "Getting Better" (from "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band") for £161,000 ($257,600). It was a record (pardon the expression) for a Beatles song.
1998 - WorldCom completed its $40-billion merger with MCI. “MCI WorldCom is open for business,” said Bert C. Roberts Jr., chairman of the company. “We have created a new kind of communications company with a unique set of assets, a top-flight group of employees, and a heritage for delivering the benefits of competition to our customers.”
2000 - Microsoft Windows Me (Millennium Edition) was released. It was the successor and last version of the popular Windows 9x series of operating systems which began with the enormously popular Windows 95. It also was, “Quite possibly, the most under-hyped version of Windows ever created.”
Birthdays - September 14
1849 - Ivan Pavlov (physiologist: 1904 Nobel Laureate in Medicine; developer of Pavlov’s Theory; died Feb 27, 1936)
1867 - Charles Gibson (artist: The Gibson Girl; died Dec 23, 1944)
1879 - Margaret Sanger (nurse, feminist: birth control advocate; 1st president of International Planned Parenthood; died Sep 6, 1966)
1910 - Jack (John Edward) Hawkins (actor: Ben Hur, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Lola, Zulu; died July 18, 1973)
1914 - Clayton Moore (actor: The Lone Ranger, Jesse James Rides Again; died Dec 28, 1999)
1920 - Kay Medford (Maggie O’Regin) (actress: Lola, Funny Girl, Butterfield 8, The Rat Race, Dean Martin Presents, The Dean Martin Show, To Rome with Love; died Apr 10, 1980)
1921 - Constance Baker Motley (civil rights attorney; 1st woman elected as president of Manhattan [NYC]; 1st black woman to become a state senator of New York; federal judge; died Sep 21, 2005)
1921 - Hughes Rudd (news correspondent: CBS Morning News [20 years]; ABC; died Oct 13, 1992)
1924 - Jerry Coleman (baseball: NY Yankees; broadcaster: San Diego Padres, CBS Radio Sports: “There’s a long drive. The outfielder is back at the warning track and hits his head on the wall! It rolls back toward second base! This could be a triple!”; died Jan 5, 2014)
1927 - Gardner Dickinson (golf: member of NCAA Championship team at LSU ; 1st PGA tour victory: Miami Beach Open ; last tour victory: Atlanta Classic [defeated Jack Nicklaus in playoff: 1971]; member U.S. Ryder Cup teams [1967, 1971]; member of Sports Halls of Fame: Georgia, Alabama, LSU; died Apr 19, 1998)
1930 - Allan Bloom (author: The Closing of the American Mind, Love and Friendship; died Oct 7, 1992)
1933 - Zoe Caldwell (actress: Medea, Lantern Hill)
1934 - Kate Millett (writer: The Basement, Flying, Sexual Politics; sculptor)
1935 - Ed Khayat (football: Philadelphia Eagles, NE Patriots)
1936 - Walter Koenig (actor: Star Trek, Antony and Cleopatra, Moontrap)
1936 - Nicol Williamson (actor: The Advocate, Christopher Columbus, Excalibur, The Human Factor, Robin and Marian, Hamlet; died Dec 16, 2011)
1944 - Joey (Davenie) Heatherton (actress: Dean Martin Presents, Cry-Baby, Bluebeard; daughter of Ray Heatherton of Tropicana Orange Juice fame)
1946 - Pete Agnew (musician: bass, singer: group: Nazareth: Love Hurts)
1947 - Jon ‘Bowzer’ Bauman (singer: group: Sha Na Na: LP: Rock & Roll is Here to Stay!; VJ: VH-1)
1947 - Sam Neill (actor: In the Mouth of Madness, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, The Piano, Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Sleeping Dogs, Ivanhoe, The Final Conflict, My Brilliant Career)
1950 - Paul Kossoff (musician: guitar: group: Free: All Right Now; died Mar 19, 1976)
1954 - Barry Cowsill (singer: group: The Cowsills: Indian Lake, Hair, The Rain, the Park and Other Things; died in New Orleans, LA of injuries related to Hurricane Katrina [Aug 29th, 2005]; his body was recovered Dec 28, 2005 from the Chartres Street Wharf)
1957 - Tim (Timothy Charles) Wallach (baseball: Montreal Expos [all-star: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990], LA Dodgers, California Angels)
1959 - Mary (Frances) Crosby (actress: Dallas: she shot J.R.; The Berlin Conspiracy, Corporate Affairs, Deadly Innocence; daughter of Bing and Kathryn Crosby)
1959 - Morten Harket (singer: group: a-ha: Take On Me)
1964 - Faith Ford (actress: Murphy Brown, Thirtysomething, Another World, If It’s Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium, The Norm Show)
1971 - Kimberly Williams (actress: Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II, Jake’s Women, Elephant Juice, Simpatico)
1989 - Jesse James (actor: Pearl Harbor, As Good As It Gets, The Gingerbread Man, A Dog of Flanders, Slap Her, She’s French)
Chart Toppers - September 14
A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
It’s Magic - Doris Day
You Call Everybody Darlin’ - Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent)
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2) - Buchanan & Goodman
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Because - The Dave Clark Five
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies
Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis
Woman (Sensuous Woman) - Don Gibson
Upside Down - Diana Ross
All Out of Love - Air Supply
Fame - Irene Cara
Lookin’ for Love - Johnny Lee
Sweet Child o’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses
Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
Perfect World - Huey Lewis & The News
(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes - Highway 101
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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