Today's Holidays for September 29
Michaelmas Day Feast day of Saint Michael, the patron saint of policeman, grocers, paratroopers, and radiologists.
Today's History Trivia for September 29
The first of seven deaths from cyanide-laced Tylenol acetaminophen capsules. Two Chicago residents die from ingesting cyanide-laced Tylenol. Relatives of one of the victims would later die after gathering to mourn and taking pills from the same Tylenol bottle.
1949 Tokyo Rose Iva Toguri D'Aquino is sentenced to 7-10 years for treason for broadcasting Japanese propaganda to the U.S. troops during World War II. She would serve 6 years before being paroled. She was pardoned by U.S. President Ford in 1977. See Tokyo Rose.
1992 Patriot missile success rate disputed The General Accounting Office reports a 9% success rate during the Gulf War as opposed to the Army's initial report of 80%
1992 Magic Johnson comes out of retirement to play for the Los Angeles Lakers after retiring less than a year earlier. He retired again for good before the season started.
1992 Dr. Benjamin Spock recommends that people should not drink cow's milk.
1988 Discovery launched The space shuttle takes off, ending the 32-month U.S. absence from space since the Challenger disaster.
1987 thirtysomething debuts on ABC, showing us the everyday lives of baby-boomers.
1980 Jimmy's World The Washington Post publishes a story by Janet Cooke about an eight-year-old heroin addict, for which she would win a Pulitzer prize. It was later revealed that she made the story up.
1977 First woman to judge a heavyweight boxing championship Eva Shain referees the Muhammad Ali vs. Earnie Shavers fight at Madison Square Garden. Source: Famous First Facts
1960 Cold War At a United Nations conference, Premier of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev twice interrupts a speech by British prime minister Harold Macmillan by shouting out and pounding his desk. Macmillan famously commented, "I should like that to be translated if he wants to say anything."
1953 Make Room for Daddy debuts on ABC, starring Danny Thomas. It ran for 18 years.
1911 Italy declares war on the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire Italy alleged that its citizens had been mistreated in Libya.
1879 Ute War The week-long Battle of Mill Creek in northwestern Colorado between the Ute Indians and the U.S. soldiers begins. The Utes were fighting to preserve their reservation.
1829 Scotland Yard The Greater London's Metropolitan Police - now known as Scotland Yard - go on patrol.
Today's Birthdays for September 29
1955 Ken Weatherwax d. 2014 American actor. TV: The Addams Family (Pugsley).
1948 Bryant Gumbel American TV sportscaster and Today show host.
1943 Lech Walesa Polish union leader. He formed the labor union Solidarity (1980).
1942 Madeline Kahn d. 1999 American actress, Paper Moon (1973), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), and History of the World - Part I (1981).
1941 Jon Brower Minnoch d. 1983 American heavyweight, world's heaviest human weighing in at 1,387 pounds. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1939 Larry Linville d. 2000 American actor. TV: M*A*S*H (1972-77, Maj. Frank Burns).
1935 Jerry Lee Lewis American rock 'n' roll singer. Music: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (1957, #1) and Great Balls of Fire (1957, #1). He created a scandal in 1957 by marrying his 13-year-old cousin. Source: Great Balls of Fire: The Uncensored Story of Jerry Lee Lewis
1931 Anita Ekberg d. 2015 Swedish-Italian voluptuous actress, Mrs. Sweden (1951). Film: La Dolce Vita (1959).
1926 Charles "Chuck" Cooper d. 1984 American basketball player. He was the first black drafted by the NBA (1950, Boston Celtics).
1913 Trevor Howard d. 1988 English Emmy-winning actor. Film: Brief Encounter (1945) and Sons and Lovers (1960). TV: The Invincible Mr. Disraeli (1963, Emmy).
1913 Stanley Kramer d. 2001 American Oscar-winning film producer, director. Film: High Noon (1952), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).
1912 Michelangelo Antonioni d. 2007 Italian award-winning film director, Best known for his trilogy L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and Eclipse (1962), and for Blow-Up (1966, featuring its ball-less tennis match). His films, using minimal plots and dialogues, are known for using their sets and long lingering shots to reveal their character's innermost feelings.
1910 Virginia Bruce d. 1982 American actress. Film: The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Invisible Woman (1941).
1907 Gene Autry d. 1998 American actor, the singing cowboy. He wrote and recorded more than 200 songs.
1904 Greer Garson d. 1996 British Oscar-winning actress. Film: Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) and Mrs. Miniver (1942, Oscar).
1901 Enrico Fermi d. 1954 Italian-born American physicist, one of the pioneers of the nuclear age. He led the team which performed the first controlled nuclear chain reaction (1942).
1900 Miguel Alemán d. 1983 Mexican president (1946-52). As the first non-military candidate ever elected president of Mexico, he promoted industrialization and agriculture.
1895 Joseph Banks Rhine d. 1980 American parapsychologist. He created the familiar "extrasensory perception" (ESP) cards (picturing wavy lines, square, circle, and cross), and co-edited Parapsychology Today.
1810 Elizabeth Gaskell d. 1865 English novelist, one of the most popular of the Victorian novelists. Writings: Mary Barton (1848) and Cranford (1853).
1758 Horatio Nelson d. 1805 British naval commander. He died while leading the British fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar in which he defeated the Spanish and French fleets ending Napoleon's threat of invading England.
1725 Baron Clive of Plassey d. 1774 (Robert Clive), British soldier. Founder of the British Indian empire.
1547 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra d. 1616 Spanish author. Writings: Don Quixote (1605).
106 B.C. Pompey the Great d. 48 B.C. Roman general. With Caesar and Crassus, he formed the first triumvirate (60 B.C.). In 49 B.C. he began the civil war against Caesar, in which he was defeated and killed by one of his old centurions while fleeing to Egypt.
Deaths for September 29
1995 Madalyn Murray O'Hair b. 1919 American atheist. Known for getting Bible reading in U.S. public schools banned (1963). She filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore public school system, claiming her son's refusal to participate in Bible readings at public school resulted in bullying and that administrators condoned it. The case reached the U.S. Supreme Court resulting in the banning of Bible reading in public schools (1963). School prayer had been banned the previous year. As a result, Life magazine called her "the most hated woman in America." She then went on to found the organization American Atheists (1963) and created the first issues of American Atheist Magazine (1963). Her son, the subject of the court case, went on to become a Christian Baptist minister. O'Hair, her other son Jon, and her granddaughter were kidnapped and murdered by a former disgruntled employee. After discovering that David Roland Waters had stolen $54,000 from American Atheists, O'Hair exposed him and his other crimes to American Atheists members. His crimes included a 1977 incident in which Waters allegedly beat and urinated on his mother and the murder of a teenager at the age of 17. Enraged, Waters and some accomplices kidnapped O'Hair and the others and forced her to withdraw $600,000 which they used to purchase gold coins. The kidnappers then killed their three victims and mutilated their bodies. Most of the gold coins were stolen from the kidnappers and never recovered. The Netflix movie The Most Hated Woman in America is based on her murder.
1981 Thomas Henry "Tommy" Moore b. 1931 English drummer. Was a member of the Silver Beetles (1960), which later became The Beatles. He quit because he "had enough of Lennon," and went back to his job as a fork-lift driver.
2010 Clifford Byron Hicks b. 1920 American children's author. Writings: The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald (1960), Alvin Fernald, Mayor for a Day (1970), and Peter Potts (1971).
2007 Lois Maxwell b. 1927 (Lois Ruth Hooker), Canadian actress. Film: Miss Moneypenny in the first 14 of the James Bond movies (1962-85).
1989 August Anheuser Busch Jr b. 1899 American beer-company executive. He built the world's largest brewery (1957).
1973 Wystan Hugh Auden b. 1907 English-born American poet. Quote: "We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know."
1927 Willem Einthoven b. 1860 Dutch physiologist. His work on the string galvanometer led to the invention of the electrocardiograph, for which he received the 1924 Nobel prize.
1913 Rudolf Diesel b. 1858 German engineer and inventor of the diesel engine (1892).
1833 Ferdinand VII b. 1784 King of Spain (1808-33). It was during his rule that most of the Spanish possessions in Latin America rebelled and won their independence.