Today's History Trivia for September 10
1813 We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Ours Oliver Hazard Perry defeats the British and makes his famous quote "We have met the enemy and they are ours," during the War of 1812, Battle of Lake Erie. Nine vessels of the United States Navy captured six vessels of the British Royal Navy. This gave the U.S. control of the lake for the rest of the war. It was one of the biggest naval battles of the war.
1989 Hungary lifts restrictions on its border to the West East Germans flooded through Hungary seeking the freedoms of the West.
1955 Gunsmoke debuts on CBS-TV. John Wayne had turned down the role of marshal Matt Dillon.
1939 World War II Canada declares war on Germany.
1913 First coast-to-coast paved U.S. highway The Lincoln Highway opens.
1897 First drunk driving offense London taxi-driver George Smith is arrested and convicted the same day. He had driven his electric cab onto the pavement after having "a few" beers.
1875 American Forestry Association is established, in Chicago.
1846 Elias Howe receives a patent for his sewing machine.
Today's Birthdays for September 10
1918 Rin Tin Tin d. 1932 German-born American dog actor. Won the Most Popular Film Performer of the Year award (1926). He was rescued from a World War I battlefield by American soldier Lee Duncan, who then trained Rin Tin Tin for movie acting. Rin Tin Tin went on to star in 27 Hollywood films. After his death, other dogs took over the roll.
1953 Amy Irving American actress, ex-wife of Steven Spielberg. Film: Yentl (1983)
1945 Jose Feliciano Grammy-winning singer, born blind. He created and performed the theme song for TV's Chico and the Man (1974).
1939 Greg Mullavey American actor. TV: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (Mary's husband Tom).
1934 Roger Eugene Maris d. 1985 American baseball legend, American League MVP (1960-61). He broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record by hitting 61 (1961).
1934 Charles Kuralt d. 1997 American Emmy-winning TV journalist. TV: The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite ("On the Road" segments) and CBS News Sunday Morning (anchor).
1929 Arnold Palmer d. 2016 American golfer. He was the first golfer to win $1,000,000 in career earnings.
1914 Robert Wise d. 2005 American Oscar-winning director. Film: The Body Snatchers (1945), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), West Side Story (1961), The Sound of Music (1965), Andromeda Strain (1971), and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
1890 Elsa Schiaparelli d. 1973 Italian-born French fashion designer. She was the first major designer to include zippers in their creations (1931) and was the inventor of "shocking pink."
1839 Isaac Kauffman Funk d. 1912 American publisher, co-founder of Funk & Wagnalls Company (1891), which first published its famous dictionary in 1912.
1736 Carter Braxton d. 1797 American statesman. Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He supported a bill to recruit slaves to fight for the Revolution, giving them their freedom in return. The bill was defeated.
1487 Julius III d. 1555 (Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte), Italian religious leader, 221st Pope (1550-55).
Deaths for September 10
1935 Huey Pierce Long b. 1893 Louisiana governor (1928-31), U.S. Senator (1931-35), known as the "Kingfish." He ran for the 1936 U.S. Presidency under his "Share the Wealth" plan with the slogan, "Every Man a King." He expanded educational institutions, created a system of charity hospitals to provide health care for the poor, highway construction and free bridges to help end rural isolation, and provided textbooks to schoolchildren. He was assassinated by Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, Jr. Long had just pushed through a redistricting bill that would remove Wiess' father-in-law Judge Benjamin Henry Pavy from the bench. Weiss was killed by Long's bodyguards at the scene.
2014 Richard Kiel b. 1939 American 7-foot 2-inch tall actor. Film: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, Jaws - Bond's steel-mouthed foe), Moonraker (1979, Jaws), and Happy Gilmore (1996, Mr. Larson).
2011 Cliff Robertson b. 1923 American Oscar-Emmy-winning actor. Film: PT-109 (1963, John F. Kennedy-he was handpicked for the role by the real JFK), Charly (1968, Oscar for his portrayal of a mentally handicapped person) and Spider-Man Trilogy (2002-07, Uncle Ben Parker).
2007 Jane Wyman b. 1917 (Sarah Jane Fulks), American Oscar-winning actress. Film: Johnny Belinda (1948, Oscar, deaf-mute rape victim). TV: Falcon Crest (Angela Channing). She was the ex-wife of Ronald Reagan (1940-49).
2006 Patty Berg b. 1918 American Hall of Fame golfer. She won the first U.S. Women's Open golf championship (1946), and was founder and first president of The Ladies Professional Golf Assn. (1950). Her 15 major title wins is the all-time record for most major wins by a female golfer.
1983 Jon Brower Minnoch b. 1941 American heavyweight, world's heaviest human weighing in at 1,387 pounds. Source: Guinness Book of World Records