On This Day..... September 20

 

SEPTEMBER 20TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FRIED RICE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PUNCH DAY
 
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PEPPERONI PIZZA DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL STRING CHEESE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • UPTON SINCLAIR (1878-1968)
  • RED AUERBACH (1917-2006)
 
  • ANNE MEARA (1929-2015)
  • SOPHIA LOREN (1934, 84)
 
  • SYLVESTER THE CAT (1941, 77)
  • GEORGE R.R. MARTIN (1948, 70)
 
  • GARY COLE (1956, 62)
  • ASIA ARGENTO (1975, 43)
 
  • AINSLEY EARHARDT (1976, 42)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 451, FLAVIUS AETIUS DEFEATS ATTILA THE HUN AND ENDS THE HUN INVASION OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE IN FRANCE
  • IN 622, MUHAMMED ARRIVES IN MEDINA
  • IN 1187, EGYPTIAN SULTAN SALADIN BEGINS HIS SIEGE OF JERUSALEM
  • IN 1519, FERDINAND MAGELLAN SETS SAIL FOR HIS ROUND THE WORLD TRIP
 
  • IN 1565 SPAIN CONQUERS FORT CAROLINE IN FLORIDA & MASSACRES FRENCH SETTLERS
  • IN 1643, KING CHARLES IS DEFEATED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY ARMY OF THE EARL OF ESSEX IN THE BATTLE OF NEWBURY WHICH BEGAN THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1664, MARYLAND ENACTS THE FIRST LAW IN THE AMERICAS AGAINST ENGLISH WOMEN MARRIES BLACK MEN
  • IN 1797, THE USS CONSTITUTION IS LAUNCHED IN BOSTON
 
  • IN 1814, FRANCIS SCOTT KEY PUBLISHES THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
  • IN 1854, THE BATTLE OF THE ALMA BEGINS THE CRIMEAN WAR BETWEEN BRITAIN, FRANCE AND RUSSIA
  • IN 1859, GEORGE SIMPSON PATENTS THE ELECTRIC RANGE
  • IN 1861, UNION TROOPS CAPTURE LEXINGTON, MISSISSIPPI IN THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1893, JACOB GRIMM OF “GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES” DIES AT 78
 
  • IN 1870, POPE PIUS IX IS CAPTURED BY ITALIAN KING VICTOR EMMANUEL AND CEDES THE PAPAL STATES, UNIFYING ITALY AFTER OVER 1,100 YEARS OF PAPAL RULE
  • IN 1870, MAYOR WILLIAM (BOSS) TWEED IS ACCUSED OF ROBBING THE TREASURY IN NEW YORK CITY IN THE TAMMANY HALL SCANDAL
  • IN 1873, BANK SCANDALS AND A RAILROAD DEFAULT SEND A PANIC ONTO WALL STREET BEGINNING A 10 DAY SHUT DOWN OF THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
 
  • IN 1877, CHASE NATIONAL BANK OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1881, CHESTER A. ARTHUR IS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT AFTER JAMES GARFIELD DIED OF A GUNSHOT WOUND THE DAY BEFORE
  • IN 1884, THE EQUAL RIGHTS PARTY NOMINATE WOMEN FOR PRESIDENT AND VP
  • IN 1904, ORVILLE AND WILBUR WRIGHT FLY THEIR “FLYER II” IN A CIRCLE
 
  • IN 1926, BUGS MORAN FAILS IN AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT OF AL CAPONE
  • IN 1932, MAHATMA GANDHI BEGINS A HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST THE TREATMENT OF THE UNTOUCHABLE CLASS IN INDIA
  • IN 1933, THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS LOSE THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL NFL GAME 23-2
 
  • IN 1939, JOE LOUIS DEFEATS BOB PASTOR FOR THE BOXING HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
  • IN 1945, NAZI PHYSICIAN EDUARD WIRTHS COMMITS SUICIDE AT AUSCHWITZ AT 36
  • IN 1946, WINSTON CHURCHILL ARGUES FOR A “UNITED STATES OF EUROPE”
  • IN 1951, SWISS MEN VOTE TO DENY WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LEGALLY VOTE UNTIL 1971
  • IN 1952, “THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW” DEBUTS ON CBS
 
  • IN 1954, THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS ADOPTS A CHINESE CONSTITUTION
  • IN 1963, PRESIDENT KENNEDY PROPOSES A JOINT FLIGHT TO THE MOON WITH RUSSIA
  • IN 1967, THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II CRUISE SHIP IS CHRISTENED BY THE QUEEN
  • IN 1968, MICKEY MANTLE HITS HIS FINAL HOME RUN
  • IN 1969, THE ARCHIES HIT #1 WITH “SUGAR SUGAR”
 
  • IN 1969, JOHN LENNON INFORMS PAUL MCCARTNEY AND RINGO STARR HE IS LEAVING THE BEATLES
  • IN 1970, JIM MORRISON IS FOUND GUILTY OF PROFANITY AND INDECENT EXPOSURE STEMMING FROM A MIAMI CONCERT WHERE HE EXPOSED HIMSELF A YEAR EARLIER
  • IN 1972, PAUL AND LINDA MCCARTNEY’S FARM IS RAIDED BY POLICE WHO FINS MARIJUANA PLANTS GROWING
  • IN 1973, BILLIE JEAN KING DEFEATS BOBBY RIGGS IN THE “BATTLE OF THE SEXES”
 
  • IN 1973, WILLIE MAYS ANNOUNCES HE WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF THE SEASON
  • IN 1973, JIM CROCE DIES IN A PLANE CRASH AT 30
  • IN 1974, GAIL COBB IS THE FIRST WOMEN POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
  • IN 1975, DAVID BOWIE HITS #1 WITH “FAME”
 
  • IN 1976, PLAYBOY PUBLISHES AN ARTICLE WITH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JIMMY CARTER IN WHICH HE ADMITS THAT HE “LUSTS FOR WOMEN”
  • IN 1976, ABC DEBUTS “THE CAPTAIN AND TENILLE MUSIC VARIETY HOUR”
  • IN 1976, AC/DC RELEASES “DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP”
  • IN 1977, THE FONZ JUMPS A SHARK IN AN EPISODE OF “HAPPY DAYS”
 
  • IN 1979, LEE IACOCCA BECOMES PRESIDENT OF THE CHRYSLER CORPORATION
  • IN 1983, JAMES WOODS DIVORCES HIS WIFE KATHRYN MORRISON AFTER 3 YEARS
  • IN 1984, “THE COSBY SHOW” DEBUTS ON NBC
 
  • IN 1984, THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BEIRUT IS BOMBED BY A TERRORIST DRIVING A VAN FULL OF EXPLOSIVES AT THE BUILDING
  • IN 1986, HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS HITS #1 WITH “STUCK WITH YOU”
  • IN 1988, GREG LOUGANIS WINS THE GOLD MEDAL FOR DIVING AT THE SEOUL OLYMPICS AFTER BASHING HIS HEAD ON THE DIVING BOARD IN QUALIFIERS THE DAY BEFORE
 
  • IN 1993, 11 YEAR OLD VICKI VAN METER FLIES A PLANE FROM MAINE TO SAN DIEGO
  • IN 1994, DAVE MATTHEWS BAND RELEASE “UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING”
  • IN 1997, ELTON JOHN HITS #1 WITH THE DOUBLE SINGLE “SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT” AND “CANDLE IN THE WIND 1997 (PRINCESS DIANA MIX)”
 
  • 1997, PEARL JAM’S “JEREMY” VIDEO WAS PLAYED IN COURT AS PART OF THE DEFENSE OF BARRY LOUKAITIS, A TEEN WHO SNAPPED AND KILLED THREE CLASSMATES
  • IN 2001, PRESIDENT BUSH GIVES A SPEECH TO CONGRESS IN WHICH HE ANNOUNCES THAT THE UNITED STATES IS IN A “WAR ON TERROR”
  • IN 2002, LAURENCE FISHBURNE MARRIES GINA TORRES IN NEW YORK CITY
 
  • IN 2003, MEGAN MULLALLY MARRIES NICK OFFERMAN
  • IN 2005, H&M DROPS KATE MOSS AS THEIR SPOKESMODEL AFTER PICTURES SURFACE OF HER DOING COCAINE AT A PARTY
  • IN 2011, THE U.S. MILITARY REPEALS ITS “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL” POLICY
  • IN 2011, FOX DEBUTS “NEW GIRL”
 
  • IN 2011, CARLY RAE JEPSEN RELEASES “CALL ME MAYBE”
  • IN 2013, “GRAND THEFT AUTO” IS THE FASTEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT TO EVER REACH $1 BILLION IN SALES
  • IN 2015, POPE FRANCIS TRAVELS TO CUBA AND MEETS WITH FIDEL CASTRO
 
  • IN 2015, MARTIN SHKRELI CONFIRMS THAT TURING PHARMACEUTICALS WILL INCREASE THE PRICE OF DARAPIM BY 5000% BECAUSE THEY CAN
  • IN 2016, DIRECTOR CURTIS HANSON DIES AT 71
  • IN 2017, THE FEDERAL RESERVE BEGINS UNWINDING ITS BOND PORTFOLIO WHICH BEGAN AS A BUFFER TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS ON 2008
  • IN 2017, HURRICANE MARIA TOUCHES DOWN IN PUERTO RICO
 

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