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Events - September 22
1927 - Referee Dave Barry stopped the count. Boxer Gene Tunney was down; but the champion, Jack Dempsey, hadn’t returned to his corner. By the time the ref was able to resume counting, Tunney was able to get to his feet. He got an extra 2 to 5 seconds. And those seconds counted. Tunney won the fight and took the world championship away from Dempsey.

1937 - Red Norvo and his orchestra recorded the "Russian Lullaby" on the Brunswick label. Norvo did more famous work at a later date, recording with a singer named Dinah Shore.

1943 - Singer Kate Smith finished her War Bond radio appeal. For 13 continuous hours Smith had stayed on the air, collecting a whopping $39 million dollars in bond pledges.

1955 - Commercial television was beamed to homes in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.

1957 - "The CBS Radio Workshop" was silenced after 18 months of what the critics said was “ingenious radio programming.”

1962 - It was a hootenanny of a good time in, of all places, New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. The cast included newcomer Bob Dylan making his first appearance at Carnegie Hall.

1964 - Robert Vaughn starred as Napoleon Solo when "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debuted on NBC-TV this night. Solo’s trusty side-kick in this James Bond spoof was Illya Kuryakin, played by David McCallum. The show was a hit for 3½ seasons.

1964 - The lights lowered, the curtain rose and Zero Mostel stepped into the spotlight as the fiddler played. “Tra-a--a-dition,” he sang, as he began the first of 3,242 performances and "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway.

1973 - Henry Kissinger took the oath as U.S. Secretary of State. This was the first time a naturalized citizen had held this office. Only in America...

1980 - John Lennon signed with Geffen Records. The Lennon LP, "Double Fantasy", was released on Geffen. (Lennon was assassinated on December 8, 1980.)

1985 - The poor of America’s Heartland ... the financially troubled farmers of Middle America ... got help from their friends in the music biz. Singing stars Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Cougar Mellencamp held a benefit concert to raise funds. The stars came out and so did the money. The "Farm Aid" concert raised ten million dollars.

1995 - The Turner Broadcasting System agreed to be gobbled up by, er merge with, the Time Warner media conglomerate for $7.5 billion.

1997 - The Atlanta Braves won an unprecedented sixth straight division title. The record eclipsed the old mark of five straight set by the New Ycrk Yankees (1949-1953) and the Oakland A’s (1971-1975). The Braves failed to reach the World Series, however, for the first time since 1993.

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Birthdays - September 22
1791 - Michael Faraday (chemist/physicist: early experiments w/electricity; died Aug 25, 1867)

1895 - Paul Muni (Frederich Weisenfreund) (Academy Award-winning actor: The Story of Louis Pasteur [1936]; The Last Angry Man, Stage Door Canteen, The Good Earth, Angel on My Shoulder; died Aug 25, 1967)

1902 - John Houseman (Jacques Haussmann) (Academy Award-winning actor: The Paper Chase [1973]; Seven Days in May, Three Days of the Condor, The Winds of War, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad; died Oct 31, 1988)

1909 - Allan ‘Rocky’ Lane (Harry Albershart) (voice: Mister Ed; actor: Red Ryder, El Paso Stampede, Night Nurse; died Oct 27, 1973)

1914 - Martha Scott (actress: Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, Desperate Hours, Our Town, Sayonara, The Turning Point; died May 28, 2003)

1917 - Richard C. Hottelet (journalist: CBS News; died Dec 17, 2014)

1920 - Bob Lemon (Baseball Hall of Famer: Cleveland Indians pitcher: World Series [1948, 1954]; manager: Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees [World Series 1978]; died Jan 11, 2000)

1925 - Abe Gibron (football: Purdue Univ., Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears; head coach: Chicago Bears; died Sep 22, 1997)

1927 - Tom (Thomas Charles) Lasorda (baseball: pitcher: Brooklyn Dodgers, KC Athletics; Baseball Hall of Fame manager: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1977, 1978, 1981, 1988], won 1,599 games, 8 National League West titles, 4 N.L. pennants, 2 World Series championships, managed in 61 post-season games [second only to Casey Stengel’s 63], and managed 4 N.L. all-star teams)

1928 - Eugene Roche (actor: Soap, Webster, Perfect Strangers, Lenny, Good Time Harry, The Corner Bar; writer: Captain Kangaroo; died July 28, 2004)

1930 - Joni James (Joan Carmello Babbo) (singer: How Important Can It Be?, You Are My Love, Why Don’t You Believe Me)

1931 - Ken (Kenneth Joseph) Aspromonte (baseball: Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, LA Angels, Milwaukee Braves, Chicago Cubs)

1932 - Ingemar Johansson (boxer: world heavyweight champion [1959]; died Jan 30, 2009)

1935 - Harriet King (fencing: U.S. Olympic Team: 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972)

1937 - Ray Norton (track: AAU Outdoor 100 and 200-meter champion [1959, 1960]: world record holder in both events [9.3, 20.5 respectively])

1946 - Larry (Lawrence Edward) Dierker (baseball: pitcher: Houston Colt .45’s, Houston Astros [all-star: 1969, 1971], SL Cardinals)

1946 - Paul Le Mat (actor: Sensation, Children of Fury, Woman with a Past, On Wings of Eagles, The Burning Bed, Strange Invaders, Melvin and Howard, American Graffiti, Firehouse)

1949 - Harold Carmichael (football: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver: Super Bowl XV)

1951 - David Coverdale (singer: groups: Deep Purple, Whitesnake: Fool for Your Loving, Don’t Break My Heart Again; solo: In the Heat of the Night)

1954 - Shari Belafonte (actress: Hotel; TV cohost: Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte; singer Harry Belafonte’s daughter)

1955 - Jeffrey Leonard (baseball: LA Dodgers, Houston Astros, SF Giants [all-star: 1987], Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners [all-star: 1989])

1956 - Debby Boone (Grammy Award-winning singer: Best New Artist [1977], You Light Up My Life [1977], With My Song I Will Praise Him [1980], Keep the Flame Burning [w/Phil Driscoll - 1984]; group: The Boone Family; daughter of singers Pat and Shirley Boone)

1958 - Lynn Herring (actress: General Hospital)

1958 - Joan Jett (singer: group: The Blackhearts: I Love Rock ’n’ Roll, Crimson and Clover, I Hate Myself for Loving You; actress: Light of Day; group: Runaways)

1959 - Wally (Walter Wayne) Backman (baseball: NY Mets [World Series: 1986], Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners)

1960 - Scott Baio (actor: Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, Charles in Charge, Diagnosis Murder)

1961 - Bonnie Hunt (actress: The Green Mile, Beethoven, Beethoven’s 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, Random Hearts)

1961 - Catherine Oxenberg (actress: Dynasty, Acapulco H.E.A.T., Rubdown, Sexual Response, Overexposed, Swimsuit: The Movie, K-9000, The Lair of the White Worm)

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Chart Toppers - September 22
1948
A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
It’s Magic - Doris Day
You Call Everybody Darlin’ - Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent)
Just a Little Lovin’ (Will Go a Long Way) - Eddy Arnold

1956
Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter & Eddie Heywood
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
Be-Bop-a-Lula - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog - Elvis Presley

1964
The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves

1972
Black & White - Three Dog Night
Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis
Saturday in the Park - Chicago
When the Snow is on the Roses - Sonny James

1980
Upside Down - Diana Ross
All Out of Love - Air Supply
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Lookin’ for Love - Johnny Lee

1988
Sweet Child o’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses
Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
Don’t Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
Joe Knows How to Live - Eddy Raven

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...


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