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Events - September 16
1620 - Do you stick your nose up in the air and say that your ancestors came over on the "Mayflower"? If so, you of staunchly English pedigree, should know that on this day, 102 passengers and crew set sail on the ocean blue from Plymouth, England. Their destination was the New World. And, although they encountered stormy weather and treacherous seas, this hearty group of 41 men, the rest, women and children; half religious dissenters and half entrepreneurs, made it to Provincetown, Massachusetts on November 21, 1620. A month later, the Plymouth Colony was founded by the passengers of the "Mayflower". Better check that family tree ...

1908 - General Motors was founded on this day. The man responsible for the beginning of the huge auto-manufacturing company (maker of Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Chevrolet) was William Crapo ‘Billy’ Durant.

1920 - Enrico Caruso made his last recording for Victor Records in Camden, NJ.

1924 - Jim Bottomley of the St. Louis Cardinals set a major-league baseball record by knocking in 12 runs in a single game.

1938 - Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the swing classic "Boogie Woogie" for Victor Records.

1940 - Sam Rayburn of Texas became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rayburn served as Speaker for 17 years.

1941 - CBS radio debuted "The Arkansas Traveler". The program was later renamed "The Bob Burns Show". Burns played a very strange musical instrument called the ‘bazooka’. The U.S. Army chose the name to identify its rocket launcher, because it looked so much like Burns’ bazooka, believe it or not...

1953 - The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given the OK to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.

1960 - Amos Alonzo Stagg announced his retirement from football coaching. He was 98 years old at the time!

1963 - "She Loves You", by The Beatles, was released for the first time in the U.S.

1964 - "Shindig" premiered on ABC-TV. The program had go-go girls and the biggest rock bands of the day in a dance party environment. Regulars were Jimmie O’Neill and the Shindig Dancers. The first show featured Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Wellingtons, Bobby Sherman and comic Alan Sues.

1965 - San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral became the site of the first concert of sacred music presented by Duke Ellington.

1965 - "The Dean Martin Show" debuted on NBC-TV. It was a weekly variety show that continued on the network for nine years. Regulars over the years were The Goldiggers, Ken Lane, The Ding-a-Ling Sisters, Tom Bosley, Dom DeLuise, Nipsey Russell, Rodney Dangerfield and Les Brown and His Band. The theme song? "Everybody Loves Somebody".

1968 - "The Andy Griffith Show" was seen for the final time on CBS-TV. Sheriff Andy Taylor (Griffith), Opie (Ron Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Goober Pyle (George Lindsey), Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear), and the rest of the gang from Mayberry, NC, are still seen regularly on TV through syndication.

1978 - Boston’s album "Don’t Look Back" ascended to number one on U.S. charts. Other LPs in the top five that week: 2. "Some Girls" (The Rolling Stones); 3. "Double Vision" (Foreigner); 4. "Grease" (Soundtrack); 5. "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Soundtrack).

1981 - Boxer ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, at age 25, knocked out Thomas ‘The Hit Man’ Hearns. Leonard won the welterweight boxing championship -- and the richest payday in boxing history.

1988 - Tom Browning made it into the history books of major league baseball when he pitched a perfect game. The 12th perfect game in history was a National League match between Cincinnati and Los Angeles with a score of 1-0.

1999 - Hurricane Floyd stormed ashore, pounding North Carolina with 110 mph winds, dumping more than a foot of rain, damaging 12,000 homes and claiming more than 50 lives. Floyd also caused the largest peacetime evacuation in U.S. history, with 2.6 million people ordered away from the shores in the hurricane’s path.

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Birthdays - September 16
1823 - Francis Parkman (author: The Oregon Trail; died in 1893) 1875 - J.C. (James Cash) Penney (merchant: founder: J.C. Penney Co.; died Nov 8, 1893)

1875 - J.C. (James Cash) Penney (merchant: founder: J.C. Penney Co.; died Feb 12, 1971)

1890 - George Whitney Calhoun (sportswriter: Green Bay Press Gazette; cofounder [w/Earl Curly Lambeau] of Green Bay Packers [Calhoun named the team]; died Dec 6, 1963)

1908 - (Colonel) Buster ‘Bus’ Mills (baseball: SL Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, SL Browns, NY Yankees, Cleveland Indians; died Dec 1, 1991)

1914 - Allen Funt (radio/TV producer, host: Candid Microphone, Candid Camera; films: What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?, Money Talks; died Sep 5, 1999)

1919 - Marvin Middlemark (inventor: rabbit ears TV antenna; died Sep 14, 1989)

1922 - Janis Paige (Donna Mae Tjaden) (actress: The Pajama Game, Silk Stockings, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Hero)

1924 - Lauren Bacall (Betty Perske) (actress: Key Largo, Applause, Woman of the Year, How to Marry a Millionaire, To Have and Have Not; married actor Humphrey Bogart; died Aug 12, 2014)

1925 - Charlie Byrd (musician: guitar: Meditation, Desafinado [w/Stan Getz]; died Nov 30, 1999)

1925 - B.B. (Riley B.) King (musician, singer: The Thrill Is Gone, I Like to Live the Love, Rock Me Baby; appeared in films: Into the Night, Amazon Women of the Moon; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award [1987]; died May 14, 2015)

1925 - Morgan Woodward (actor: The Waltons, Dark Before Dawn, The Longest Drive)

1926 - John Knowles (author: Backcasts: Memories & Recollections of Seventy Years as a Sportsman; died Nov 29, 2001)

1927 - Peter Falk (Emmy Award-winning actor: The Price of Tomatoes: The Dick Powell Show [1961-62]; Columbo [1971-72, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1989-90]; Murder by Death, Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race, The In-Laws, The Princess Bride; died Jun 23, 2011)

1927 - Jack Kelly (actor: Maverick, Dr. Hudson’s Secret Journal, Get Christie Love, To Hell and Back; host: NBC Comedy Theater; mayor: Huntington Beach, California; died Nov 7, 1992)

1930 - Anne Francis (actress: Funny Girl, Blackboard Jungle, Laguna Heat, Battle Cry, Bad Day at Black Rock, Born Again; died Jan 2, 2011)

1934 - Elgin Baylor (basketball: LA Lakers: holds NBA Playoff Record for points scored in a game [61], and for points scored in a playoff series [284] [both in 1962])

1934 - George Chakiris (Academy Award-winning actor, dancer: West Side Story [1961]; Is Paris Burning, Dallas)

1938 - Larry Grantham (football: NY Jets linebacker: Super Bowl III)

1942 - Bernie Calvert (musician: bass: group: The Hollies: The Air that I Breathe; group: The Dolphins)

1944 - Linda Henning (actress: Petticoat Junction)

1944 - Betty Kelly (singer: group: Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing in the Street)

1948 - Kenny Jones (musician: drums: group: Small Faces, Faces: Stay with Me; group: The Who)

1949 - Ed Begley Jr. (actor: St. Elsewhere, Parenthood, She-Devil, The Applegates, The Accidental Tourist, The In-Laws)

1950 - David Bellamy (singer: duo: The Bellamy Brothers: Let Your Love Flow, If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me; songwriter: Spiders and Snakes)

1950 - Susan Ruttan (actress: L.A. Law, Sweet 15, A Perfect Little Murder, Funny About Love, Fire and Rain, Chances Are, Bad Dreams, Eye of the Demon, Bad Manners)

1952 - Mickey Rourke (actor: Body Heat, Diner, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Year of the Dragon, Nine Weeks, Barfly, Angel Heart, Johnny Handsome, Wild Orchid, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man)

1955 - Robin (R) Yount (Baseball Hall of Famer: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder [all-star: 1980, 1982, 1983/World Series: 1982/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1982-shortstop, 1989-outfielder])

1956 - David Copperfield (Kotkin) (magician, illusionist)

1958 - Orel (Leonard Quinton) Hershiser (baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers [all-star: 1987, 1988, 1989/World Series: 1988/Cy Young Award: 1988], Cleveland Indians [World Series: 1995])

1958 - Jennifer Tilly (actress: The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Webbers, The Getaway [1994], Stuart Little, The Magnificent Ambersons)

1963 - Richard Marx (singer, songwriter: Hazard, Children of the Night, Too Late to Say Goodbye, Keep Coming Back, Angelia, Take This Heart, Right Here Waiting, Satisfied, Hold on to the Nights, Endless Summer Nights, Should’ve Known Better, Don’t Mean Nothing)

1964 - Molly Shannon (actress: Saturday Night Live)

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Chart Toppers - September 16
1950
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
Tzena, Tzena, Tzena - The Weavers
Goodnight Irene - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb

1958
Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers

1966
You Can’t Hurry Love - The Supremes
Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
Almost Persuaded - David Houston

1974
I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
I’m Leavin It (All) Up to You - Donny & Marie Osmond
Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends - Ronnie Milsap

1982
Hard to Say I’m Sorry - Chicago
Jack & Diane - John Cougar
You Should Hear How She Talks About You - Melissa Manchester
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) - Jerry Reed

1990
Release Me - Wilson Phillips
Do Me! - Bell Biv DeVoe
Have You Seen Her - M.C. Hammer
Jukebox in My Mind - Alabama

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