Today's History Trivia for September 11
2001 9-11 Hijackers crash two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Shortly after, both towers collapsed. A third aircraft was crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed into a rural field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The official count was 2,986 deaths in the attacks including the hijackers.
1998 Clinton-Lewinsky Affair The Ken Starr report is released by Congress, detailing the President's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton had previously denied having sexual relations with her.
1979 National Hunting and Fishing Day is declared by Presidential proclamation. To be celebrated yearly on the 4th Saturday in September.
1974 Longest major-league baseball game The San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets (8-6) after a 23-inning game lasting 7 hours and 23 minutes.
1962 The Beatles The group begins recording their first album, Please Please Me.
1959 Food stamps are authorized by Congress.
1950 Dick Tracy debuts on ABC.
1928 First televised play The Queen's Messenger is broadcast by WGY of Schenectady, New York.
1928 First U.S. transcontinental bus service The Yellow Bus Line between New York and Los Angeles begins service.
1912 First airplane pilot captured during warfare An Italian pilot is captured when his plane was forced down.
1903 Milwaukee Mile The Wisconsin track holds its first race. William Jones of Chicago wins a five lap speed contest. This is the oldest operating motor speedway in the world.
1847 Oh! Susanna First professional performance of Stephen Foster's song.
1841 Tyler's Cabinet Resigns The U.S. President's entire cabinet, except the Secretary of State, resigns in protest of his vetoing the Banking Bill.
1811 First steamboat on the Ohio River The New Orleans leaves Pittsburgh headed for New Orleans. It also became the first on the Mississippi.
Today's Birthdays for September 11
American Salem Witch Trials victim. At 80 years old, he was pressed to death for refusing to enter a plea of guilt or innocence to charges of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. According to the law, a person who refused to plead could not be tried. To persuade someone to make a plea, they were stripped naked and a heavy board laid on their body. Rocks were then laid on the plank. He endured the torture for two days until he died.
1962 Kristy McNichol American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Family (Buddy) and Empty Nest (Barbara).
1953 Tommy Shaw American guitarist, with Styx. Music: Grand Illusion (1977), and Babe (1979, #1).
1943 Lola Falana American actress, singer.
1940 Brian De Palma American film director, Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Carrie (1976) and The Fury 1978.
1928 Earl Holliman American actor. TV: Police Woman (Lt. Crowley).
1924 Tom Landry d. 2000 American football player, coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He invented the "4-3 Defense."
1917 Ferdinand Edralin Marcos d. 1989 ousted leader of the Philippines.
1913 Bear Bryant d. 1983 (Paul William Bryant), American football coach, the Crimson Tide (1958-82), the winningest coach in college football history (325 wins).
1899 Jimmie Davis d. 2000 American politician, two-time governor of Louisiana (1944-48, 1960-64), and Country Music Hall of Famer. Music: You Are My Sunshine and Where the Old Red River Flows.
1892 Vance DeBar "Pinto" Colvig d. 1967 American character actor. Voice of Sleepy and Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney's Goofy and Pluto, and voice of the original Bozo the Clown.
1885 D.H. Lawrence d. 1930 (David Herbert Lawrence), English novelist. Writings: The Rainbow (1915) and Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928).
1862 O. Henry d. 1910 (William Sydney Porter), American short story author. He served three years in prison for embezzling bank funds.
Deaths for September 11
2010 Kevin McCarthy b. 1914 American actor. Film: Death of a Salesman (1951, Biff) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, lead role, and the 1978 remake as a man running through the streets shouting a warning in the same fashion as his character did in the original film). TV: The Survivors (Philip Hastings).
2010 Harold Gould b. 1923 American actor. TV: Rhoda (1974-78, Rhoda's father) and Golden Girls (1985-92, Miles Webber).
2009 Crystal Lee Sutton b. 1940 American union organizer. Due to poor working conditions, she helped unionize the workers at the J.P. Stevens textile plant in North Carolina. The film Norma Rae (1979, starring Sally Field) was based on her efforts.
2003 John Ritter b. 1948 (Jonathan Southworth Ritter), American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Three's Company (Jack Tripper), The Waltons (Rev. Fordwick), and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (the Father).
2002 Kim Hunter b. 1922 (Janet Cole), American Oscar-Emmy-winning actress. Film: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, Stella, Oscar-winner), Planet of the Apes (1968, Zira). TV: The Edge of Night (Nola Madison).
2002 Johnny Unitas b. 1933 American football Hall of Famer, 3-time Player of the Year (1959, 64, 67), and was named greatest player of all time.
1994 Jessica Tandy b. 1909 English Oscar-Tony-Emmy winning actress. At age 80, she became the oldest person to receive an Oscar (Driving Miss Daisy). Stage: Streetcar Named Desire (1948, Blanche Dubois). Film: The Birds (1965) and Cocoon (1985).
1987 Peter Tosh b. 1944 (Winston Hubert McIntosh), Jamaican reggae musician, with Bob Marley's Wailers (1963-74). Music: Don't Look Back.
1987 Lorne Greene b. 1915 Canadian-born actor. TV: Bonanza (Ben Cartwright).
1983 Harry Williams b. 1906 American inventor, "The Father of Pinball". He created the first electric action pinball feature (1933): it would kick out a ball when a particular hole was hit. The first tilt device for pinball machines: it consisted of a ball which would fall off a pedestal onto a metal ring beneath, thus stopping play. He later invented the electric pendulum tilt as used in modern machines.
1978 Georgi Markov b. 1929 Bulgarian dissident. While waiting at a bus stop, he was stabbed with an umbrella that inserted a ricin-filled pellet. He died several days later. It is believed that the KGB was behind the assassination.
1972 Max Fleischer b. 1883 Austrian-born American animator. He and his brother Dave created Betty Boop and animated Popeye the Sailor. He also created Out of the Inkwell, which was the first popular animated cartoon series.
1948 Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah b. 1876 Indian statesman, founder and first governor (1947-48) of Pakistan.
1851 Sylvester W. Graham b. 1794 American dietary reformer. For whom graham crackers are named. His followers, called Grahamites, believed in abstinence from alcohol, frequent bathing, daily teeth brushing, vegetarianism, avoided spices and white bread, and practiced sexual abstinence. He regarded masturbation as an evil that inevitably led to insanity. He taught that animal products, such as milk and meat, led to lust and sexual urges.