Today's History Trivia for September 4
2006 Crocodile Hunter Killed by Stingray Steve Irwin, the Australian naturalist and wildlife expert, known as "The Crocodile Hunter," dies after being fatally pierced in the heart by a stingray barb off Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. He was filming a shallow-water segment for the documentary Ocean's Deadliest.
1893 Peter Rabbit Created The fictional foe of Mr. McGregor is created when Beatrix Potter writes a letter to a friend about four little rabbits named Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. She later expanded the letter into a book which was rejected by several publishers. It has now become one of the best-selling books of all time.
1886 Geronimo Surrenders The Apache Indian Chief Geronimo surrenders to General Nelson A. Miles in Arizona after fighting for his homeland for almost 30 years. He was the the last Indian warrior to formally surrender to U.S. forces, thereby signaling the end of the Indian Wars in the Southwest. Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apaches were then forced to resettle in Florida until 1888 when they were relocated to Alabama until 1984 when they were relocated to Oklahoma.
2002 American Idol Kelly Clarkson becomes the first winner of the hit American TV show.
1993 Baseball Despite being born missing his right hand, Jim Abbott pitches a no-hitter for the New York Yankees against Cleveland (4-0).
1972 Mark Spitz wins his seventh gold medal in the 1972 Olympics, the record for any one Olympiad.
1957 Edsel E-Day, the official release of the automobile that would come to symbolize a flop in popular culture.
1957 Civil Rights Under orders from the governor, the Arkansas National Guard prevents nine blacks from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock.
1954 Captain Midnight debuts on CBS.
1951 First transcontinental U.S. TV broadcast Pres. Truman's address at the signing of the Japanese Peace Treaty is broadcast.
1900 Typhoid Mary First known case of typhoid attributed to Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon). She was suspected of causing 53 cases of the disease while working as a cook.
1833 First U.S. newsboy 10-year-old Barney Flaherty is hired by the New York Sun.
1781 City of Los Angeles is founded.
1639 Massachusetts makes it illegal to drink toasts The felt it was a useless ceremony; the law was repealed in 1645.
Today's Birthdays for September 4
1960 Michael Anderson Godwin d. 1989 American criminal. He accidentally electrocuted himself to death while sitting on a metal toilet repairing a set of earphones. Sentenced to the electric chair for murder, Godwin got his sentence overturned on appeal.
1949 Tom Watson American golfer. Winner of the British Open (1975, 77, 80, 82-83), Masters (1977, 81), U.S. Open (1982), and six-time PGA Player of the Year (1977-80, 82, 84).
1944 Jennifer Salt American actress. TV: Soap (1977-81, Eunice Tate-Leitner). Film: Midnight Cowboy (1969, Joe Buck's hometown lover Crazy Annie).
1942 Merald Knight American-Canadian singer, one of Gladys Knight's Pips. Music: Midnight Train to Georgia (1973, #1).
1937 Dawn Fraser Australian swimmer, Olympic gold medal winner in the 100-meter freestyle (1956, 60, 64), first woman to break the 1-minute barrier at 100 meters (1962).
1931 Mitzi Gaynor (Mitzi Gerber), American actress. Film: Anything Goes (1956) and The Joker is Wild (1957).
1928 Dick York d. 1992 American actor. TV: Bewitched (the first Darrin).
1919 Howard Morris d. 2005 American comedian. TV: Sid Caesar's sidekick and the rock-throwing Ernest T. Bass of The Andy Griffith Show.
1918 Paul Harvey d. 2009 (Paul Harvey Aurandt), American radio commentator. "Hello Americans, I'm Paul Harvey… And now for the rest of the story."
1866 Simon Lake d. 1945 American engineer, father of the modern submarine. He built his first sub in 1894.
Deaths for September 4
2015 Jean Darling b. 1922 (Dorothy Jean LeVake), American actress, one of the Little Rascals. She appeared in 35 Our Gang films. Film: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, a mermaid), Babes in Toyland (1934, Curly Locks).
2014 Joan Rivers b. 1933 (Joan Alexandra Molinsky), American Emmy-Grammy-winning comedienne, talk-show host. She was the first woman to host a late night network television talk show (1986, The Late Show with Joan Rivers). Rivers died after complications from a minor throat procedure at an outpatient clinic.
2006 Steve Irwin b. 1962 (Stephen Robert Irwin), Australian naturalist, wildlife expert. TV: The Crocodile Hunter (1996-2006, title role). Film: The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002). He died after being fatally pierced in the heart by a stingray barb off Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. He was filming a shallow-water segment for the documentary Ocean's Deadliest.
1993 Herve Villechaize b. 1943 3-foot, 10-inch tall French actor. TV: Fantasy Island (Tatoo, with his famous opening "Boss, da plane, da plane").
1990 Irene Dunne b. 1898 American actress. Film: Show Boat (1936) and I Remember Mama (1948).
1965 Albert Schweitzer b. 1875 German Nobel-winning medical missionary, philosopher.
422 Saint Boniface I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 42nd Pope (418-422).