History Blog

September 28

Happy Birthday RIP Seymour Cray(1925–1996) Edward “Ed” Sullivan(1901–1974) James “J.T.” Walsh(1943–1998) ; Brigitte Bardot–86 Jeffrey Jones–74 Jane “Janeane” Garofalo–56 Leilani Sarelle Figalan–54 Mira Sorvino–53 Naomi Watts–52 Lucas Bryant–42 Hilary Duff–33 ; 1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month later. Only 200 units were produced

September 27

Happy Birthday RIP Will Sampson(1933–1987) Donald Cornelius(1936–2012) “William Conrad”(John Cann 1920–1994) Francis Gregory “Greg” Morris(1933–1996) “Jayne Meadows”(Jane Cotter 1919–2015) Anthony Wilford Brimley(1934–2020) ; Marvin Aday(“Meatloaf”)–73 Elizabeth “Liz” Torres–73 Shaun Cassidy–62 Scott Lawrence–57 Phoebe Price–48 Gwyneth Paltrow–48 Avril Lavigne–36 ; 1905 – The physics journal Annalen der Physik received Albert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, introducing the equation E=mc².

September 26

Happy Birthday RIP Francois “Jack” LaLanne(1914–2011) Patrick O’Neal(1927–1994) Joyce Jameson(1932–1987) “Donna Douglas”(Dorothy Smith 1932–2015) Richard Herd Jr(1932–2020) ; Anne Robinson–76 Olivia Newton-John–72 Linda Hamilton–64 Melissa Sue Anderson–58 James Caviezel–52 Mark Famiglietti–41 ; 1789 – Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first United States Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood is appointed the first United States Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed the first United States Attorney General ; 1960 – In Chicago, the first televised debates takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

September 25

Happy Birthday RIP Christopher Reeve(1952–2004) Juliet Prowse(1936–1996) William Faulkner(1897–1962) ; Barbara Walters–91 Michael Douglas–76 Cheryl Tiegs–73 Anson William Heimlich–71 Mark Hamill–69 Michael Madsen–63 Heather Locklear–59 Beth Toussaint–58 Tate Donovan–57 Willard “Will” Smith Jr–52 Catherine Jones(Douglas)–51 Hal Harry Sparks III–51 David Benihoff(Friedman)–50 ; 1957 – Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas is integrated by the use of US Army troops

September 24

Happy Birthday RIP Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald(1896–1940) Audra Lindley(1918–1997) Phillip Hartmann(1948–1998) James Henson(1936–1990) ; Kevin Sorbo–62 Antonia “Nia” Vardalos–58 Justin Bruening–41 Andrew Leeds–39 Grey Damon–33 Spencer Clark–33 ; 1968 – 60 Minutes debuts on CBS ; 1979 – Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service which features the first public electronic mail service(“email”)

September 23

Happy Birthday RIP Raymond Charles Robinson(1930–2004) “Mickey Rooney”(Joseph Yule Jr 1920–2014) ; Julio Iglesias de la Cueva–77 Mary Kay Place–73 Bruce Springsteen–71 “Rosalind” Chao( 赵家玲)–63 Jason Alexander(Greenspan)–61 Kenneth “Chi” McBride–59 Alexander Proyas–57 Anthony Mackie–42; 1846 – Astronomers Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier, John Couch Adams and Johann Gottfried Galle collaborate on the discovery of Neptune ; 2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) is released which was based on Gecko and HTML4 and successor to Netscape Navigator

September 22

Happy Birthday RIP Erich von Stroheim(1885–1957) Martha Scott(1912–2003) John Houseman(Jacques Haussmann 1902–1988) ; Thomas “Tommy” Lasorda–93 Antonia Basilotta(“Toni Basil”)–77 David Coverdale–69 Shari Belafonte–66 Deborah “Debby” Boone–64 Joan Jett(Larkin)–62 Bonnie Hunt–59 Laura Vandervoort–36 ; 1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.

September 21

Happy Birthday RIP Charles Martin “Chuck” Jones(1912–2002) “Henry Gibson”(James Bateman 1935–2009) Larry Hagman(1931–2012) ; William “Bill” Kuretich(“Kurtis”)–80 “Fannie Flagg”(Patricia Neal)–76 Stephen King–73 William “Bill” Murray–70 Ethan Coen–63 Robert Morrow–58 “Faith Hill”(Audrey Perry)–53 Ricki Lake–52 Billy Porter–51 Lucas “Luke” Wilson–49 Nicole Richie(Escovedo)–39 Maggie Grace Denig–37 ; 1957 – “Perry Mason,” starring Raymond Burr, premiered on CBS.

September 20

Happy Birthday RIP Upton Sinclair(1878–1968) Jonathan Hardy(1940–2012) Anne Meara(1929–2015) ; “Sophia Loren”(Sofia Scicolone)–86 Karen Sharpe–86 Carole “Candy” Spelling–75 George Raymond Martin–72 Gary Cole–64 Kristen Johnston–53 Michelle Visage(Shupack)–52 Bradford Beyer Jr–47 Jon Bernthal–44 ; 1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother Frank road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile in Springfield, Massachusetts ; 2011 – The United States military ends its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time

September 19

Happy Birthday RIP Frances Farmer(1913–1970) “Mama Cass Elliot”(Ellen Cohen 1941–1974) “Adam West”(William Anderson 1928–2017) ; Rosemary Harris–93 David McCallum–87 Paul Williams Jr–80 Randolph Mantooth–75 Jeremy Irons–72 “Twiggy”(Leslie Hornby)–71 Joan Blunden(“Lunden”)–70 Lita Ford–62 Cheryl O’Teari–58 Kimberly Richards–56 James “Jimmy” Fallon Jr.–46 Alison Sweeney–44 Kevin Zegers–36 ; In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin ; 1970 – The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted on CBS