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Sep
17
Sun
‘M*A*S*H’ Television Premiere – Anniversary
Sep 17 all-day

Sept 17, 1972. This popular award-winning CBS series was based on the 1970 Robert Altman movie and a book by Richard Hooker. Set during the Korean War, the show aired for 11 years (lasting longer than the war). It followed the lives of doctors and nurses on the war front with both humor and pathos. The cast included Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan, Mike Farrell, David Ogden Stiers and Alan Alda as Captain Hawkeye Pierce. The final episode, Goodbye, Farewell and Amen was the highest-rated program of all time, topping the Who Shot J.R.? revelation on Dallas. The show generated two spin-offs: Trapper John, MD and After M* A* S* H.

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‘The Fugitive’ Television Premiere – Anniversary
Sep 17 all-day

Sept 17, 1963. A nail-biting adventure series on ABC. Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen) was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for his wife’s murder but escaped from his captors in a train wreck. This popular program aired for four years detailing Kimble’s search for the one-armed man (Bill Raisch) who had killed his wife, Helen (Diane Brewster). In the meantime Kimble himself was being pursued by Lieutenant Philip Gerard (Barry Morse). The final episode aired Aug 29, 1967, and featured Kimble extracting a confession from the one-armed man as they struggled from the heights of a water tower in a deserted amusement park. That single episode was the highest-rated show ever broadcast until 1976. The TV series generated a hit movie in 1993 with Harrison Ford as Kimble and Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones as Gerard.

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Battle of Antietam – Anniversary
Sep 17 all-day

Sept 17, 1862. This date has been called Americas bloodiest day in recognition of the high casualties suffered in the Civil War battle between General Robert E. Lees Confederate forces and General George McClellan’s Union army. Estimates vary, but more than 25,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded in this battle on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland.

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Constitution Day – United States
Sep 17 all-day

Sept 17, 1787. Delegations from 12 states (Rhode Island did not send a delegate) at the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia, PA, voted unanimously to approve the proposed document. Thirty-nine of the 42 delegates present signed it, and the Convention adjourned, after drafting a letter of transmittal to the Congress. The proposed constitution stipulated that it would take effect when ratified by nine states. Read more at http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/constitution-day/.

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Sep
18
Mon
‘The Addams Family’ Television Premiere – Anniversary
Sep 18 all-day

Sept 18, 1964. Charles Addams’s quirky New Yorker cartoon creations were brought to life in this ABC sitcom about a family full of oddballs. John Astin played lawyer Gomez Addams; with Carolyn Jones as his morbid wife, Morticia; Ken Weatherwax as son Pugsley; Lisa Loring as daughter Wednesday; Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester; Ted Cassidy as both Lurch, the butler, and Thing, a disembodied hand; Blossom Rock as Grandmama; and Felix Silla as Cousin Itt. The last episode aired Sept 2, 1966. In 1991,The Addams Family movie was released, followed by a sequel. Both starred Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester, Jimmy Workman as Pugsley and Christina Ricci as Wednesday.

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Hull House Opens – Anniversary
Sep 18 all-day

On 18 September 1889 Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starz open a settlement house for immigrants in Chicago, Illinois. Read more at http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/.

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Train vs. Horse Race – Anniversary
Sep 18 all-day

Sept 18, 1830. In a widely celebrated race, the first locomotive built in America, the Tom Thumb, lost to a horse. Mechanical difficulties plagued the steam engine over the nine-mile course between Rileys Tavern and Baltimore, MD, and a boiler leak prevented the locomotive from finishing the race. In the early days of trains, engines were nicknamed Iron Horses.

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US Air Force Established – Anniversary
Sep 18 all-day

Sept 18, 1947. Although its heritage dates back to 1907 when the army first established military aviation, the US Air Force became a separate military service on this date. Responsible for providing an air force that is capable, in conjunction with the other armed forces, of preserving the peace and security of the US, the department is separately organized under the secretary of the air force and operates under the authority, direction and control of the secretary of defense. Read more at http://www.airforce.com/learn-about/history/.

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US Capitol Cornerstone Laid – Anniversary
Sep 18 all-day

Sept 18, 1793. President George Washington laid the Capitol cornerstone at Washington, DC, in a Masonic ceremony. That event was the first and last recorded occasion at which the stone with its engraved silver plate was seen. In 1958, during the extension of the east front of the Capitol, an unsuccessful effort was made to find it.

Image: Public Domain, Washington laying cornerstone at U.S. Capitol by Allyn Cox

Sep
19
Tue
‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Television Premiere – Anniversary
Sep 19 all-day

Mary Tyler Moore Show TV PremiereSept 19, 1970. This show one of the most popular sitcoms of the 70s combined good writing, an effective supporting cast and contemporary attitudes. The show centered around the two most important places in Mary Richardss (Mary Tyler Moore) life the WJM-TV newsroom and her apartment at Minneapolis. At home she shared the ups and downs of life with her friend Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) and the manager of her apartment building, Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman). At work, as the associate producer (later producer) of The Six OClock News, Mary struggled to function in a mans world. Figuring in her professional life were her irascible boss Lou Grant (Ed Asner), levelheaded and softhearted news writer Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod) and narcissistic anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight). In the last of 168 episodes (Mar 19, 1977), the unthinkable happened: everyone in the WJM newsroom except the inept Ted was fired.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Sep 19 all-day

A day when people everywhere can swash their buckles and add a touch of larceny to their dialogue by talking like pirates: for example, Arr, matey, it be a fine day. While its inherently a guy thing, women have been known to enjoy the day because they have to be addressed as me beauty. Celebrated by millions on all seven continents. Arr! Annually, Sept 19. Read more at http://www.talklikeapirate.com/.

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Jamestown Burned by Bacon’s Rebellion – Anniversary
Sep 19 all-day

Sept 19, 1676. Virginia governor Sir William Berkeley, supporting Charles IIs efforts to exploit the colony, adopted new laws allowing only property holders to vote, raising taxes and raising the cost of shipping while lowering the price for tobacco.

The resulting discontent exploded when the frontier of the colony was attacked by local tribes and the governor refused to defend the settlers.

Nathaniel Bacon, a colonist on the governors council, led frontier farmers and successfully defeated the tribes. Denounced by Berkeley as rebels, Bacon and his men occupied Jamestown, forcing the governor to call an election, the first in 15 years. The Berkeley laws were repealed, and election and tax reforms were instituted. While Bacon and his troops were gone on a raiding party against the Indians, Berkeley again denounced them. They returned and attacked Berkeley’s forces, defeating them and burning Jamestown on Sept 19, 1676. Berkeley fled and Bacon became ruler of Virginia.

When he died suddenly a short time later, the rebellion collapsed. Berkeley returned to power, and Bacon’s followers were hunted down; some were executed and their property confiscated. Berkeley was replaced the next year, and peace was restored.

Image: The Burning of Jamestown by Howard Pyle, c. 1905, Public Domain via Wikipedia.org

Sep
20
Wed
‘The Cosby Show’ television premiere – Anniversary
Sep 20 all-day

Sept 20, 1984. This Emmy Award winning comedy set in New York City revolved around the members of the Huxtable family. Father Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable was played by Bill Cosby; his wife, Clair, an attorney, was played by Phylicia Rashad. Their four daughters were played by Sabrina Le Beauf (Sondra), Lisa Bonet (Denise), Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa) and Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy); Malcolm-Jamal Warner played son Theo. By the end of the series in 1992, the two oldest daughters had finished college and were married. A Different World was a spin-off set at historically black Hillman College where Denise was a student.

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Billie Jean King Wins ‘Battle of the Sexes’ – Anniversary
Sep 20 all-day

Tennis champion Billie Jean King defeated male oponnent Bobby Riggs in a much-touted and nationally televised tennis match known as the Battle of the Sexes.” Read more at http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/09/billie-jean-king-battle-of-the-sexes-bobby-riggs/.

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Financial Panic of 1873 – Anniversary
Sep 20 all-day

A bank run on the Fourth National Bank No. 20 Nassau Street, New York City, from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 4 October 1873

On 20 September 1873 for the first time ever, the New York Stock Exchange was forced to close due to a banking crisis. This panic had a long term effect on the US economy. Read more at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/grant-panic/.

Image: Public domain via Wikipedia.org

Sep
21
Thu
‘Monday Night Football’ television premiere – Anniversary
Sep 21 all-day

Sept 21, 1970. Following the complete merger of the American Football League and the National Football League, ABC joined CBS and NBC in televising weekly games with the debut of Monday Night Football. The show began as an experiment but soon became an institution. Announcers Howard Cosell, Keith Jackson and Don Meredith called the first game, a 31 21 victory by the Cleveland Browns over the New York Jets. On Dec 26, 2005, Monday Night Football made its final telecast on ABC. In 2006, it moved to the cable channel ESPN.

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‘Perry Mason’ television premiere – Anniversary
Sep 21 all-day

Perry Mason TV PremiereSept 21, 1957. Raymond Burr will forever be associated with the character of Perry Mason, a criminal lawyer who won the great majority of his cases. Episodes followed a similar format: the action took place in the first half, with the killers identity unknown, and the courtroom drama took place in the latter half. Mason was particularly adept at eliciting confessions from the guilty parties. Regulars and semi-regulars included Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman and Ray Collins. Following the series end, with the last telecast on Jan 27, 1974, a number of successful Perry Mason TV movies aired, and the show remains popular in reruns.

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Chuck Jones’ Birthday – Anniversary
Sep 21 all-day

Sept 21, 1912. Born at Spokane, WA, Chuck Jones worked as a child extra in Hollywood in the 1920s. After attending art school, he landed a job washing animation cels for famed Disney animator Ub Iwerks. He learned the craft, and by 1962 he headed his own unit at Warner Bros. Animation. He created the characters Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian and Pepe le Pew. He worked on the development of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, and also produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for the animated 1966 television classic Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He won several Academy Awards for his work, and his cartoon Whats Opera, Doc? is in the National Film Registry. He died on Feb 22, 2002, at Corona del Mar, CA. Read more at http://www.chuckjones.com/.

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Sep
22
Fri
‘Friends’ television premiere – Anniversary
Sep 22 all-day

Friends TV PremiereSept 22, 1994. This hugely popular NBC comedy brought together six single friends and the issues in their personal lives, ranging from their jobs to their romances. The cast was Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt Le Blanc.The show concluded its run in 2004, with a finale in which 51.1 million viewers tuned in, making that episode the fourth most-watched TV program in history.

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Autumnal Equinox
Sep 22 all-day

In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn begins today with the autumnal equinox, at 10:21 AM, EDt. Note that in the Southern Hemisphere todayis the beginning of spring. Everywhere on Earth (except near the poles) the sun rises due east and sets due west and daylight length is nearly identical about 12 hours, 8 minutes. Read more at http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-september-equinox.

Image courtesy of NASA.

Emancipation Proclamation – Anniversary
Sep 22 all-day

Emancipation ProclamationSept 22, 1862. One of the most important presidential proclamations of American history is that of Sept 22, 1862, in which Abraham Lincoln, by executive proclamation, freed the slaves in the rebelling states.That on… [Jan 1, 1863]… all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever, free. Read more at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/.

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First All Woman Jury Empaneled in the Colonies – Anniversary
Sep 22 all-day

First all woman jury Sept 22, 1656. The General Provincial Court at Patuxent, MD,empaneled the first all-woman jury in the colonies to hear the case of Judith Catchpole, accused of murdering her child. The defendant claimed she had never even been pregnant, and after all the evidence was heard, the jury acquitted her.

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Hobbit Day
Sep 22 all-day

Hobbit Day, on 22 September, celebrates the birthdays of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins and their creator J.R.R. Tolkein.

Ice Cream Cone Invented – Anniversary
Sep 22 all-day

Ice Cream Cone InventedSept 22, 1903. Italo Marchiony emigrated from Italy in the late 1800s and soon thereafter went into business at New York, NY, with a pushcart dispensing lemon ice. Success soon led to a small fleet of pushcarts, and the inventive Marchiony was inspired to develop a cone, first made of paper, later of pastry, to hold the tasty delicacy. On Sept 22, 1903, his application for a patent for his new mold was filed, and US Patent No 746971 was issued to him Dec 15, 1903.

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National Centenarian’s Day
Sep 22 all-day

National Centurians Day A day to recognize and honor individuals who have lived a century or longer. A day not only to recognize these individuals but to listen to them discuss the memories filled with historical information they have of their rich lives.

Image: Public Domain via Pixabay.com

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