First Woman Supreme Court Justice – Anniversary
Sep 25 all-day

Sept 25, 1981. Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first woman associate justice on the US Supreme Court on this date. She had been nominated by President Ronald Reagan in July 1981, and she retired from the court in 2006.

Image: Public Domain, U.S. Library of Congress

Shel Silverstein’s Birthday – Anniversary
Sep 25 all-day

Sept 25, 1930. Cartoonist and children’s author, best remembered for his poetry that included A Light in the Attic and The Giving Tree. Silverstein won the Michigan Young Readers Award for Where the Sidewalk Ends. Also a songwriter, he wrote The Unicorn Song and A Boy Named Sue. Born at Chicago, IL, he died at Key West, FL, May 9, 1999.

‘Gilligan’s Island’ television premiere – Anniversary
Sep 26 all-day

Gilligan played by Bob Denver

Sept 26, 1964. Seven people set sail aboard the Minnow for a three-hour tour and became stranded on an island. They used the resources on the island for food, shelter and entertainment. The cast included Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale, Jr (the Skipper), Jim Backus (Thurston Howell, III), Natalie Schafer (Mrs Lovey Howell), Russell Johnson (the Professor), Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) and Tina Louise (Ginger Grant, the movie star). The last telecast aired on Sept 4, 1967.

‘The Brady Bunch’ television premiere – Anniversary
Sep 26 all-day

Sept 26, 1969. This popular sitcom starred Robert Reed as widower Mike Brady, who has three sons and is married to Carol (played by Florence Henderson), who has three daughters. Housekeeper Alice was played by Ann B. Davis. Sons Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight) and Bobby (Mike Lookinland) and daughters Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb) and Cindy (Susan Olsen) experienced the typical crises of youth. The program steered clear of social issues and portrayed childhood as a time of innocence. The last episode was telecast on Aug 30, 1974. The program continues to be popular in reruns, and there were also many spin-offs: a cartoon, a variety series, a sitcom, a short-lived dramatic series and films.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

First Televised Presidential Debate – Anniversary
Sep 26 all-day

Photo of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon taken prior to their first debate at WBBM-TV in Chicago in 1960.

Presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon debated on live television on 26 September 1960 broadcast from Chicago, Illinois. Read more…

Image: Associated Press photo in the Public Domain via

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