History Blog

September 12

Happy Birthday RIP Maurice Chevalier(1888–1972) James “Jesse” Owens(1913–1980) “Barry White” (Barrence Carter 1944–2003) Paul Walker IV(1973–2013) Ian Holm Cuthbert (1932–2020) Peter Scolari(1955–2021) ; Linda Gray–83 Joseph Pantoliano–72 Louis Szekely(“CK”)–56 William Joshua Hopkins–53 Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan–45 Jennifer Hudson–42 Alfie Allen–37 ; 1958 – Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit ; 1959 – Bonanza premieres, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color. One of the first western format tv shows. Side note: Lone Ranger was the fist of the genre in 1949 nearly 10 years prior. It aired om Sept 15 1949.

September 11

Happy Birthday RIP Herbert Lom(Schluderpacheru 1917–2012) ; Henry Earl Holliman–95 Brian De Palma–83 Amy Madigan–73 Roxann Dawson(Caballero)–65 John Hawkes(Perkins)–64 Virginia Madsen–62 Elizabeth Daily(Guttman)–62 Christina “Kristy” McNichol–61 Richard “Moby” Hall–58 Joseph Harry Connick Jr.–56 Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges–46 ; 2001 – Al Qaida suicide hijackers crashed two jet airliners into the World Trade Center in New York City causing both 110-story twin towers to collapse killing nearly 3,000 people. #NeverForget

September 10

Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer(1929–2016) Karl Lagerfeldt(1933–2019) Phillip Baker–Hall(1931–2022) ; Jose Feliciano Garcia–78 Anthony Joseph Pereira(“Joe Perry”)–73 Harold “Harry” Groener–72 Amy Irving–70 Colin Firth–63 Guy Ritchie–55 James Duval–51 Matthew Ryan Phillippe–49 ; 1955 – “Gunsmoke” premiered on CBS (the second of the Western genre for Television, first being the “Lone Ranger”)

September 9

Happy Birthday RIP Otis Redding, Jr(1941–1967) Clifford Robertson III(1923–2011) Chaim Topol(1935–2023) ; Joseph Theismann–74 Thomas Wopat–72 Hugh Grant–63 Adam Sandler–57 Goran Višnjić–51 Michael Bublé–48 ; 1791 – Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, is named after President George Washington ; 1839 – John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph ; 1926 – The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) was created as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA)

September 8

Happy Birthday RIP May McAvoy(1899–1984) Richard “Peter” Sellers(1925–1980) Virginia Hensley(“Patsy Cline” 1932–1963) Frank Cady(1915–2012) Isaac “Sid” Caesar(1922–2014) ; Bernard “Bernie” Sanders–82 Julian Richings–67 Aimee Mann–63 David Lee Smith–60 Kimberly Peirce–56 Martin Freeman–52 David Arquette–52 Alecia “Pink” Moore–44 Jonathan Taylor Thomas(Weiss)–42 Steven “Jake” Sandvig–37 ; 1930 – 3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape ; 1966 – The first Star Trek original series premieres on NBC television starring William Shatner

September 7

Happy Birthday RIP John Pierpont “Jack” Morgan, Jr.(1867–1943) Charles Holley(“Buddy Holly” 1936–1959) William Jermaine Stewart(1957–1997) ; Gloria Gaynor(Fowles)–80 Julie Kavner–73 Christine “Chrissie” Hynde–72 Michael Emerson–69 Corbin Bernsen–69 Diane Farr–54 Thomas Everett Scott–53 Oliver Hudson–47 Devon Sawa–45 ; 1916 – US federal employees win the right to Workers’ compensation by Federal Employers Liability Act (39 Stat. 742; 5 U.S.C. 751)

September 6

Happy Birthday Jo Anne Worley–86 George Roger Waters–80 Swoosie Kurtz–79 Jane Curtin–76 Patricia “Patti” Yasutake–70 Anne Lockhart(Maloney)–70 Jeffrey Foxworthy–65 Rosa “Rosie” Perez–59 Natalie McIntyre(“Macy Gray”)–56 Cecilia “CeCe” Peniston–54 Idrissa Elba–51 ; 1916 – The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, was opened in Memphis, Tennessee, by Clarence Saunders

September 5

Happy Birthday RIP “Freddie Mercury”(Farrokh Bulsara 1946–1991) Raquel Welch(Tejada 1940–2023) ; George Robert Newhart–94 William Devane–84 Michael Keaton(Douglas)–72 Peter Wingfield–61 Rose McGowan–50 ; 1957 – “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, the defining novel of the Beat Generation, was published. Jackie Beat, the drag personality, derived her name from his first name and the generation name ; 1975 – Sacramento CA Lynette Frome attempts to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford

September 4

Happy Birthday RIP Henry Ford II(1917–1987) Richard “Dick” York(1928–1992) ; “Mitzi Gaynor”(Francesca von Gerber)–92 Damon Wayans–63 Wesley Bentley–45 Max Greenfield–44 Beyoncé Knowles–42 ; 1781 – Los Angeles is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola) by 44 Spanish settlers ; 1882 – Thomas Edison flips the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in history, lighting one square mile of lower Manhattan. This is considered by many as the day that began the electrical age

September 3

Happy Birthday RIP Alan Ladd(1913–1964) Verla Eileen Brennan(1932–2013) “Kitty Carlisle”(Catherine Conn 1910–2007) Anna “Anne” Jackson(1925–2016) ; Valerie Perrine–80 Holt McCallanay–60 Adam Curry–59 “Charlie Sheen”(Carlos Estevez)–58 Samuel “Nick” Wechsler–45 David Moretti–42 Garrett Hedlund–39 ; 1951 – The first long-running American soap opera, “Search for Tomorrow”, airs its first episode on the CBS television network in black and white. Color broadcast starts in 1967. Soap opera is defined as TV drama series dealing with daily events of same group of characters.