Today's History Trivia for September 7
1978 Umbrella Assassination Bulgarian dissident, Georgi Markov, while waiting at a bus stop is stabbed with an umbrella that inserted a ricin-filled pellet. He died several days later. It is believed that the KGB was behind the plot. The ricin pellet had holes filled with a sugary substance to hold the ricin in. The substance melted at body temperature allowing the ricin to leak out after the pellet was inserted.
1978 Keith Moon, Drummer with The Who, Dies of Overdose The 32-year-old drummer dies of an overdose of 32 clomethiazole tablets in the same flat that Mamma Cass Elliot died in four years earlier - Also at the age of 32. He was taking the sedative clomethiazole to alleviate his alcohol withdrawal symptoms as he was trying to get sober. He was not supposed to take more than three a day.
1993 The Chevy Chase Show The ex-Saturday Night Live comic makes his late-night host debut on Fox. It was cancelled after six weeks - Fox executives said it was so bad it was "embarrassing to watch."
1981 The People's Court debuts with Judge Joseph Wapner presiding.
1974 Baseball The tip of Graig Nettles's bat comes off during a Yankee baseball game, exposing its illegal cork center.
1970 Willie Shoemaker The horse jockey legend becomes the all-time victory leader by winning his 6,033th race.
1968 The Banana Splits Adventure Hour debuts on NBC, starring Bingo, Drooper, Fleegle, and Snorky.
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie debuts on ABC.
1916 Workmen's Compensation Act The act providing compensation for injured federal employees is passed by Congress.
1896 First U.S. Automobile Track Race It was held in Cranston, Rhode Island and won by A.H. Whiting.
1881 Jesse James The outlaw commits his last robbery. It was at Blue Cut, Missouri netting $3000 in cash and jewelry taken from the passengers.
1876 Jesse James The notorious outlaw and his brother Frank barely escape an unsuccessful Minnesota bank robbery attempt. All of their gang members were either captured or killed.
1776 First submarine warfare The American Turtle attacks HMS Eagle during the American Revolution.
Today's Birthdays for September 7
1939 Stanislav Petrov d. 2017 Soviet soldier. Petrov was the duty officer at a Soviet early-warning system when the system reported that up to six Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles had been launched from the United States. This was in 1983, just three weeks after the Soviet military had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 killing all 269 people aboard, including U.S. Congressman Larry McDonald and many other Americans. Petrov believed it might be a false alarm and disobeyed orders by not reporting the attack to his superiors. He feared that had he reported the attack, his superiors would have launched a retaliatory nuclear attack, leading to an all out nuclear war. Later analysis showed that the detection system had malfunctioned and it was indeed a false alarm. Petrov was reprimanded for not correctly documenting the incident.
1936 Buddy Holly d. 1959 (Charles Harden Holley), American rock 'n' roll pioneer. He died in a plane crash with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens - See The Day the Music Died.
1954 Corbin Bernsen American actor. TV: L.A. Law (Arnie Becker).
1951 Georganne LaPiere American actress. TV: General Hospital (Heather Grant). She is the real-life sister of singer Cher.
1951 Chrissie Hynde American singer, with the Pretenders.
1950 Julie Kavner American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Rhoda (Brenda) and The Simpsons (voice of Marge).
1948 Susan Blakely American model, actress. TV: Rich Man, Poor Man (1976, Julie Jordache).
1923 Peter Lawford d. 1984 British-born American actor. TV: The Thin Man (Nick Charles).
1909 Elia Kazan d. 2003 (Elia Kazanjoglou), Greek-born Oscar-Tony-winning director. Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). Film: Gentleman's Agreement (1947, Oscar) and On the Waterfront (1954). His The Arrangement was the best selling book of 1967.
1902 Roy Barcroft d. 1969 (Howard N. Ravenscroft), American cowboy actor. Appeared in over 200 films - mostly B-Westerns - and numerous movie serials and TV shows.
1840 Luther Childs Crowell d. 1903 American inventor. Invented the square-bottomed paper grocery bag (1872).
1819 Thomas Andrews Hendricks d. 1885 21st U.S. Vice-President (1885), Governor of Indiana (1873–77), U.S. Senator (1873-77, Indiana), and U.S. House of Representatives (1851-53, Indiana). He died eight months into his term as Vice President. Hendricks is the only vice president who did not serve as president whose portrait appears on U.S. paper currency. He appears on a $10 silver certificate of 1886.
1533 Elizabeth I d. 1603 Queen of England, and for whom the Elizabethan Era is named.
Deaths for September 7
2015 Dickie Moore b. 1925 (John Richard Moore Jr.), American actor, one of The Little Rascals. He gave Shirley Temple her first screen kiss, in Miss Annie Rooney (1942).
2003 Warren Zevon b. 1947 American singer, songwriter. Music: Excitable Boy (1978) and Werewolves of London (1978).
1994 James Clavell b. 1921 (Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell), British-born American author, screenwriter. Film: The Fly (1958), The Great Escape (1963), To Sir With Love (1967), and Shogun (1975).
1991 Edwin Mattison McMillan b. 1907 American physicist. He shared a 1951 Nobel Prize with Glenn Seaborg for their discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements.
1978 Keith Moon b. 1946 British drummer, with The Who. He was a pioneer in rock and roll drummers in that he changed the drums from a background instrument into a lead instrument. He died of a drug overdose at the age of 32. Music: My Generation (1965) and Pinball Wizard (1969).
1954 Bud Fisher b. 1885 (Harry Conway Fisher), American cartoonist, created Mutt and Jeff (1907).