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September 10

Events - September 10
1846 - Elias Howe patented the lock stitch sewing machine.

1935 - “I’m Popeye the sailor man...” toot! toot! "Popeye" was heard for the first time on NBC radio. The show was based on the Elzie Crisler Segar comic strip, which featured Popeye, Olive Oyl, Brutas, Wimpy and Sweepea. Now, eat your spinach in celebration!

1950 - Eddie Cantor moved from radio to TV, as he hosted the "Colgate Comedy Hour" on NBC. In addition to Cantor, other hosts of the "Colgate Comedy Hour" included: Fred Allen, Donald O’Connor, Bob Hope, Gordon MacRae and Jimmy Durante.

1955 - Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the "Miss America Pageant" on NBC. The show became a TV tradition as Parks sang to the newly-crowned beauty queen, “There She is ... Miss America”. The song was composed by Bernie Wayne and was sung for the first time on this day. Sharon Kay Ritchie was the first Miss America to be honored with the song. When she married singer Don Cherry ("Band of Gold"), "There She Is" was part of the wedding ceremony.

1955 - Actor James Arness brought Marshall Matt Dillon to life on this night. "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS-TV and went on to become the longest-running (20 years) series on television. The pioneer in adult Westerns also starred Milburn Stone as Doc Adams, Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty Russell, and Dennis Weaver as Chester Goode. Other well-known performers joined the cast throughout the years -- Ken Curtis as Festus Hagan and Burt Reynolds as Quint Asper, the town blacksmith, were two favorites.

1962t - Mickey Mantle tied a major-league baseball record for home runs by hammering his 400th career round-tripper.

1964 - Rod Stewart recorded his first tune, titled "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", for Decca. It was not one of his more successful recordings.

1969 - The New York Mets beat the Montreal Expos in both ends of a doubleheader and, for the first time ever, moved into first place in the National League East Division. A month later the ‘Amazin’ Mets’ were in their first World Series.

1972 - Gayle Sayers of the Chicago Bears retired from pro football.

1972 - Muhammad Ali defeated Ken Norton in a heavyweight boxing match and avenged a loss to Norton the previous March.

1974 - Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals broke Maury Wills’ 1962 major-league record for stolen bases in a season. ‘Lightning’ Lou stole his 105th base on his way to a career total of 938 stolen bases.

1977 - After years on the comic pages, "Mickey Finn" was put to paper for the final time. Cartoonist Frank ‘Lank’ Leonard bowed out in unique style -- by discontinuing the strip in mid-story.

1980 - Bill Gullickson of the Montreal Expos fanned 18 batters, setting a major-league record for a rookie pitcher in a single game. The Expos beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2.

1986 - Sprinter Evelyn Ashford was defeated for the first time in eight years. Ashford lost to Valerie Brisco-Hooks in the 200-meter run held in Rome, Italy.

1995 - Cyndi Lauper won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as Mary Ann in "Mad About You".

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Birthdays - September 10
1839 - Isaac Kauffman Funk (publisher: the Funk of Funk & Wagnalls dictionary; died Apr 4, 1912)

1914 - Robert Wise (Academy Award-winning director: The Sound of Music [1965], West Side Story [1961]; Two for the Seesaw, The Andromeda Strain, Star Trek: The Motion Picture; died Sep 14, 2005)

1915 - Edmond O’Brien (Academy Award-winning actor: The Barefoot Contessa [1954]; Seven Days in May, Birdman of Alcatraz, Fantastic Voyage, Pete Kelly’s Blues, The Long Hot Summer; died May 9, 1985)

1922 - Yma Sumac (Zoila Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo) (Peruvian singer, of Inca descent, w/4-octave range: LPs: Voice of the Xtabay, Legend of the Sun Virgin, Legend of the Jivaro; died Nov 1, 2008)

1924 - Ted (Theodore Bernard) Kluszewski (‘Big Klu’: baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Redlegs [all-star: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956], Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox [World Series: 1959], LA Angels; died Mar 29, 1988)

1929 - Arnold Palmer (golf champion: 1st million $ winner; Masters Champion: [1958, 1960, 1962, 1964], U.S. Open [1960], British Open [1961, 1962]; died Sep 25, 2016)

1934 - Charles Kuralt (journalist: CBS News, On the Road with Charles Kuralt, Sunday Morning; died July 4, 1997)

1934 - Roger (Eugene) Maris (Maras) (baseball: Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, NY Yankees [all-star: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962/World Series: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1960, 1961/AP Male Athlete of the Year: 1961], SL Cardinals [World Series: 1967, 1968; died Dec 14, 1985)

1937 - Tommy Overstreet (singer: Gwen [Congratulations], Don’t Go City Girl on Me; died Nov 2, 2015)

1940 - Buck (Junious) Buchanan (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle: Super Bowl I, IV; asst. coach: New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns; director: Kansas Special Olympics; died July 16, 1992)

1942 - Danny Hutton (singer: group: Three Dog Night: One, Easy to be Hard, Eli’s Coming, Mama Told Me [Not to Come], Joy to the World, Black & White, Shambala)

1945 - Jose Feliciano (Grammy Award-winning singer: Best New Artist [1968]; Light My Fire, Feliz Navidad, musician: guitar, songwriter: theme for Chico and the Man)

1946 - James Hines (National Track & Field Hall of Famer: 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist: [100 meters-9.9; 4x100 relay anchor-38.2]; football: Miami Dolphins)

1947 - Larry Nelson (golf champion: U.S. Open [1983], PGA [1981, 1987])

1948 - Judy Geeson (actress: To Sir with Love, Danger UXB, The Eagle Has Landed)

1948 - Bob Lanier (Basketball Hall of Famer: Detroit Pistons: 8 time NBA All-Star; Milwaukee Bucks; heads ad agency, Bob Lanier Enterprises)

1948 - Willie Sojourner (basketball: Virginia Squires, New Jersey Nets; died Oct 20, 2005)

1948 - Margaret Trudeau (Sinclair) (author: Beyond Reason; Canada’s 1st Lady - wife of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau [1968-1979])

1948 - Charlie Waters (football: Dallas Cowboys safety: Super Bowl V, VI, X, XII, XIII)

1950 - Joe Perry (musician: guitar: group: Joe Perry Project; Aerosmith: LPs: Toys in the Attic, Rocks)

1950 - Don Powell (musician: drums: group: Slade: Get Down and Get With It, Coz I Love You, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Cum on Feel the Noize, Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me, Merry Xmas Everybody, We’ll Bring the House Down, My Oh My, Run Run Away)

1953 - Amy Irving (actress: Yentl, Crossing Delancy, The Competition, Benefit of the Doubt, Carrie, Honeysuckle Rose; singing voice of Jessica Rabbit: Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

1955 - Pat Mastelotto (musician: drums: group: Mr. Mister)

1956 - Johnnie Fingers (Moylett) (musician: keyboards, singer: group: The Boomtown Rats: Looking After No. 1, She’s So Modern, Rat Trap, I Don’t Like Mondays, Banana Republic)

1958 - Chris Columbus (director: Nine Months, Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone series, Only the Lonely, Heartbreak Hotel, Adventures in Babysitting)

1960 - Siobhan Fahey (singer: group: Bananarama)

1960 - Colin Firth (actor: Pride and Prejudice, Circle of Friends, Hostages, The Advocate, Valmont, Apartment Zero, The Secret Garden, Another Country)

1968 - Big Daddy Kane (rap artist, songwriter: Long Live the Kane)

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Chart Toppers - September 10
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
I’ll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
Soldier’s Last Letter - Ernest Tubb

Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Wish You Were Here - Eddie Fisher
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Volare - Bobby Rydell
Alabam - Cowboy Copas

People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
Mama Tried - Merle Haggard

You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
You’ll Never Find Another Love like Mine - Lou Rawls
Let ’Em In - Wings
(I’m A) Stand by My Woman Man - Ronnie Milsap

What’s Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner
Missing You - John Waite
She Bop - Cyndi Lauper
Tennessee Homesick Blues - Dolly Parton

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

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