Events - September 13
1789 - The United States Government took out its first loan. The money was borrowed from the Bank of North America at 6% interest. The national debt has grown a little over the years. Americans now owe about $65,000 each, as their share of the debt.
1898 - Reverend Hannibal Williston Goodwin of Newark, NJ patented celluloid photographic film. It’s the stuff on which movies are made.
1899 - Henry M. Bliss became the first known automobile fatality. As Mr. Bliss stepped off a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street, he was hit by a car driven by Arthur Smith. Bliss was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later. Smith was arrested, but was not held.
1922 - The mercury climbed to 136 degrees (Fahrenheit) in El Azizia, Libya, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. We sure hope they had plenty of lemonade on hand.
1931 - Vaudeville star Eddie Cantor was heard for the first time -- on NBC radio. "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" became one of the most popular radio shows of the 1930s.
1932 - Joe McCarthy became the first manager to win both the American and National league pennants. McCarthy, then managing the New York Yankees, clinched the American League pennant on this day.
1937 - The first broadcast of "Kitty Keene, Inc." was heard on the NBC Red network.
1949 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association was formed in New York City. Patty Berg became the first president of the LPGA.
1954 - The cover of "LIFE" magazine was adorned with Judy Garland’s picture, with the caption, “Judy Garland takes off after an Oscar.” Garland had been nominated for her role in "A Star is Born".
1960 - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission banned payola. A scandal, investigated by a Congressional committee, involved some of the biggest names in radio, including popular New York DJ Alan Freed. He lost his job at WABC for allegedly accepting gifts and money for playing certain records. There was substantial evidence to prove that the practice was quite widespread.
1968 - Clarence Carter received a gold record for his million-selling hit "Slip Away". Carter earned two other gold records for "Too Weak to Fight" and "Patches". The singer from Montgomery, Alabama had been blind since age one and taught himself to play guitar by age 11.
1969 - John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, presented the Plastic Ono Band in concert for the first time. The appearance at the Toronto Peace Festival was Lennon’s first in four years. The first hit by the new group, "Give Peace a Chance", made it to number 14 on the charts.
1971 - The World Hockey Association was formed. It was announced that play would commence in October, 1972.
1986 - "Captain EO", a 17-minute, three-dimensional, musical, science-fiction flick starring Michael Jackson, made its gala premiere at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA and at Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, FL this day. The innovative movie cost approximately $1,000,000 a minute to produce.
1986 - Miss America (1987), crowned this night in Atlantic City, NJ, was Kellye Cash, the grandniece of singer Johnny Cash. It was the first year that the contestants’ measurements were not publicized. Women’s groups had been protesting the Miss America Pageant, especially the judging of contestants in swim suits, saying it was humiliating and demeaning to women.
1992 - The first puntless game in NFL history happened this day. The Buffalo Bills (quarterback Jim Kelly: 403 yards and three TDs) and San Francisco 49ers (QB Steve Young: 449 yards and three touchdowns) combined for 1,086 yards of total offense -- without punting the ball once. The Bills beat the 49ers 34-31. And they have the nerve to call it football...
1993 - There was hope that the 45 years of war between Arabs and Jews would come to an end. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin came together in Washington, DC to sign an agreement to make peace, not war.
1996 - Movies debuting in the U.S. this day: "American Buffalo" (starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, Sean Nelson); "Feeling Minnesota" (with Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz, Tuesday Weld, Dan Aykroyd); "Fly Away Home" (Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany); "Grace of My Heart" (Illeana Douglas, John Turturro, Matt Dillon, Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Leigh Warren; "Maximum Risk" (Jean-Claude Van Damme Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hugues Anglade); and "The Rich Man’s Wife" (Halle Berry, Christopher Mcdonald, Peter Greene).
1997 - Oscar De La Hoya was awarded a unanimous decision after 12 rounds against Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho in Las Vegas. This was the second time De La Hoya, unbeaten in 26 bouts, had successfully defended his WBC welterweight boxing title. “He earned it,” the bruised and battered Camacho said following the loss. “He did everything he said he was going to do, except he didn’t knock me out.”
1997 - “I like that ooh, ooh; Come on, come on MC, MC ooh, ooh...” Mariah Carey’s "Honey" debuted on the "Hot 100" at number one -- her third single to do so. The others were "Fantasy" (Sep 30, 1995) and "One Sweet Day" (Dec 2, 1995). Carey was the first artist to have three singles debut at #1.
Birthdays - September 13
1851 - Dr. Walter Reed (army doctor, medical pioneer: yellow fever research; Walter Reed Army Hospital [Bethesda MD] named in his honor; died Nov 23, 1902)
1857 - Milton S. (Snavely) Hershey (candy tycoon: founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, makers of the ‘Great American Chocolate Bar’ -- or Hershey Bar; died Oct 13, 1945)
1860 - John (Joseph) Pershing (U.S. General: Pershing tank named for him; died July 15, 1948)
1876 - Sherwood Anderson (writer: Winesburg, Ohio; died Mar 8, 1941)
1903 - Claudette Colbert (Lily Claudette Chauchoin) (Academy Award-winning actress: It Happened One Night ; I Met Him in Paris, Drums Along the Mohawk, Egg and I, Three Came Home; died July 30, 1996)
1911 - Bill Monroe (‘Father of Bluegrass Music’: Country Music Hall of Famer: singer: Blue Moon of Kentucky; band: The Bluegrass Band; songwriter: Kentucky Waltz, A Letter from My Darling; died Sep 9, 1996)
1916 - Roald Dahl (writer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; screen play: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; died Nov 23, 1990)
1918 - Dick (Richard Benjamin) Haymes (singer: I’ll Get By, It Can’t Be Wrong, You’ll Never Know, Till the End of Time, Mamselle, Little White Lies; actor: State Fair, All Ashore, Irish Eyes are Smiling; died Mar 28, 1980)
1924 - Scott Brady (Gerard Tierney) (actor: Johnny Guitar, The China Syndrome, Arizona Bushwackers; died Apr 16, 1985)
1925 - Mel Torme (‘The Velvet Fog’: Grammy Award-winning singer: LP: An Evening with George Shearing and Mel Torme ; Comin’ Home Baby, Careless Hands, Bewitched; songwriter: The Christmas Song; died June 5, 1999)
1926 - Emile Francis (hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks, NY Rangers)
1928 - Robert Indiana (Clark) (artist: As I Opened Fire)
1931 - Barbara Bain (Millie Fogel) (Emmy Award-winning actress: Mission Impossible [1966-67, 1967-68]; Space 1999, Richard Diamond, Private Detective)
1933 - Eileen Fulton (actress: As the World Turns, Our Private World)
1937 - Fred Silverman (TV executive: NBC head; ABC Program Chief; producer: Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, Thicke of the Night, Diagnosis Murder)
1938 - Judith Martin (Judith Sylvia Perlman) (columnist: Miss Manners)
1939 - Richard Kiel (actor: The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, Silver Streak, Happy Gilmore, Pale Rider, Force 10 from Navarone, The Longest Yard, The Phantom Planet, Van Dyke and Company, The Barbary Coast; died Sep 10, 2014)
1941 - David Clayton-Thomas (singer: group: Blood Sweat and Tears: You Made Me So Very Happy, Spinning Wheel)
1944 - Peter Cetera (musician: bass guitar, singer: solo: Glory of Love, One Good Woman; group: Chicago)
1944 - Jacqueline Bisset (actress: Rich and Famous, The Deep, Airport, Bullitt, Wild Orchid, Murder on the Orient Express, Choices)
1947 - Ed Bell (football: NY Jets)
1948 - Nell Carter (Tony & Emmy Award-winning actress: Ain’t Misbehavin’ , [1981-82]; Gimme a Break, Lobo, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper; died Jan 23, 2003)
1948 - Curtis Perry (basketball: Phoenix Suns)
1949 - Rick (John Rikard) Dempsey (baseball: catcher: Minnesota Twins, NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1979, 1983], Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers [World Series: 1988], Milwaukee Brewers)
1951 - Jean Smart (actress: Designing Women, Project X, The Brady Bunch Movie, The Odd Couple II, Piaf)
1952 - Randy Jones (singer: group: The Village People: Y.M.C.A.)
1956 - Joni Sledge (singer: group: Sister Sledge: We are Family; died Mar 10, 2017)
1977 - Fiona Apple (singer, songwriter: LPs: Tidal, When The Pawn)
Chart Toppers - September 13
Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
That’s My Desire - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams
The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
Maybellene - Chuck Berry
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce
My Boyfriend’s Back - The Angels
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! - Allan Sherman
Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond
Spanish Harlem - Aretha Franklin
Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Easy Loving - Freddie Hart
My Sharona - The Knack
After the Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band
I May Never Get to Heaven - Conway Twitty
La Bamba - Los Lobos
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett
Didn’t We Almost Have It All - Whitney Houston
Make No Mistake, She’s Mine - Ronnie Milsap & Kenny Rogers
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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