Events - September 19
1819 - It was such a beautiful fall day that poet John Keats was inspired to take out pen and pad. He inked one of the best-loved English poems, "Ode to Autumn".
1876 - We are reminded that Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids, MI patented the carpet sweeper on this day. The name, Bissell, became synonymous with carpet sweepers during the first half of the 20th century -- much like Frigidaire and refrigerator, Jell-O and gelatin dessert.
1928 - The second talkie (the opposite of a silent movie) for Al Jolson was released. It was titled "The Singing Fool", which he certainly was not.
1932 - It was just an average day, when "Just Plain Bill" was first heard on CBS radio. It was “The real life story of people just like people we all know.” The 15-minute show (Monday through Friday at 7:15 p.m.) was all about (just plain) Bill Davidson and his daughter, Nancy, who lived in (just plain) Hartville. Since Bill was the town barber, everybody came to him with their problems -- and Bill helped them straighten things out.
1936 - The classic, "Indian Love Call", was recorded by Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald on Victor Records.
1953 - Gisele MacKenzie took over as host on NBC-TV’s "Your Hit Parade". Her biggest hit during that stint (1953-57) was "Hard to Get" in June of 1955. Ironically, the song was first sung by Gisele in an episode of the NBC-TV show, "Justice". It became a hit and she performed it again on "Your Hit Parade".
1955 - Eva Marie Saint, Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman starred in the "Producer’s Showcase" presentation of "Our Town" on NBC-TV.
1959 - The leader of the U.S.S.R., Nikita Khruschev, was a little upset. In fact, he got quite angry. And who could blame him. He wasn’t allowed to ride down the Matterhorn, see Tinkerbell or Mickey or anything else at Disneyland. Security - or lack thereof - prevented him from visiting the Southern California amusement park. He did, however, get to visit a movie set.
1963 - The Crystals’ "Then He Kissed Me" debuted on U.K. charts this day. It had hit U.S. charts on Aug 17, and made it to #6 for three weeks (Sep 14, 21, 28) before fading away.
1970 - She could turn the world on with her smile. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was seen for the first time on CBS-TV. It became one of the most successful television shows of the 1970s. The last, original episode aired on September 3, 1977.
1974 - Eric Clapton received a gold record for "I Shot the Sheriff". The song reached #1 on the pop charts on September 14th.
1981 - For their first concert in years, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a free concert to benefit New York City parks. The concert attracted a crowd of 500,000 people in Central Park and was broadcast to a TV audience in the millions.
1985 - In Mexico City, this day will forever be remembered. The first of two killer earthquakes hit the city. This one, 8.1 on the Richter scale, followed the next day by a 7.5er, crumbled buildings (damages were estimated at more than one billion dollars) and killed almost 10,000 people.
1987 - Michael Jackson’s "I Just Can’t Stop Loving You" rose to #1 in the U.S. on the "Billboard Hot 100". The single, from Jackson’s "Bad" LP, stayed at the top of the hit heap for one week.
1988 - U.S. diver Greg Louganis struck and injured his head on the board in a preliminary round of springboard diving at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Days later, however, Louganis won the gold medal in springboard diving.
1991 - Ötzi, the Iceman, was found by a German tourist, Helmut Simon, on the Similaun Glacier in the Tirolean Ötztal Alps, on the Italian-Austrian border. The body is that of a man aged 25 to 35 who had been about 5 feet 2 inches (1.6 meters) tall and had weighed about 50 kg (110 pounds), is the oldest mummified human body ever found intact -- some 5000 years old. And his few remaining scalp hairs provided the earliest archaeological evidence of haircutting. And, if that’s not enough, Ötzi was found to have a number of ‘points’ tattooed on his body, 80% of which are considered valid modern acupucture points and dates acupuncture back to at least 3300 B.C.
Birthdays - September 19
1778 - Henry Brougham (orator; the Brougham carriage was named after him; died May 17, 1868)
1905 - Leon Jaworski (attorney: Watergate special prosecutor; died Dec 9, 1982)
1907 - Lewis F. Powell Jr. (associate justice of U.S. Supreme Court [1972-1987]; died Aug 25, 1998)
1911 - Sir William Golding (Nobel Prize for literature ; Lord of the Flies; died June 19, 1993)
1913 - Frances Farmer (actress: Rhythm on the Range, Son of Fury; died Aug 1, 1970)
1921 - Billy Ward (singer, musician: piano: group: Billy Ward and His Dominoes: Sixty-Minute Man, Have Mercy Baby, Star Dust, Deep Purple, St. Therese of the Roses; died Feb 16, 2002)
1926 - Duke (Edwin Donald) Snider (‘The Silver Fox’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956/all-star: 1950-1956], LA Dodgers [World Series: 1959/all-star: 1963], NY Mets, SF Giants; broadcaster: Montreal Expos; died Feb 27, 2011)
1927 - Nick Massi (Macioci) (musician: bass, singer: group: The Four Seasons: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk like a Man, Rag Doll; died Dec 24, 2000)
1928 - Adam West (actor: Batman, The Detectives, Starring Robert Taylor, The Last Precinct, Hooper, The New Age; died Jun 9, 2017)
1930 - Bob (Robert Lee) Turley (‘Bullet Bob’: baseball: pitcher: SL Browns, Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1954], NY Yankees [World Series: 1955-1958, 1960/all-star: 1955, 1958/Cy Young Award: 1958], Boston Red Sox, LA Angels; died March 30, 2013)
1931 - Brook Benton (Benjamin Franklin Peay) (singer: It’s Just a Matter of Time, Baby [You’ve Got What It Takes] [w/Dinah Washington], Endlessly, Think Twice, Kiddio, The Boll Weevil Song, Rainy Night in Georgia; died Apr 9, 1988)
1931 - Ray Danton (actor: The Longest Day, The George Raft Story, I’ll Cry Tomorrow; died Feb 11, 1992)
1932 - Mike Royko (journalist: Chicago Tribune: syndicated column; author: Boss, Slats Grobnick; died Apr 29, 1997)
1933 - David McCallum (actor: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Invisible Man, Shattered Image, Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service)
1934 - Brian Epstein (talent manager: The Beatles; died Aug 26, 1967)
1934 - Jay Randolph (sportscaster: NBC Sports, St. Louis Cardinals)
1936 - Al Oerter (Olympic and Track & Field Hall of Famer: 4 time Gold Medalist & world record maker: discus [1956, 1960, 1964, 1968]; died Oct 1, 2007)
1937 - Chris (Christopher Joseph) Short (baseball: pitcher: Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1964, 1967], Milwaukee Brewers; died Aug 1, 1991)
1937 - Abner Haynes (football: Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs: Rookie and Player of the Year ; Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, NY Jets)
1940 - Bill Medley (singer: I’ve Had the Time of My Life [w/Jennifer Warnes]; group: The Righteous Brothers: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, Just Once in My Life, Unchained Melody, Ebb Tide, [You’re My] Soul and Inspiration, Rock and Roll Heaven)
1940 - Paul Williams (songwriter: themes: The Love Boat, The Muppet Movie; Academy Award-winning lyricist: A Star Is Born [1976: w/Barbra Streisand]; actor: Smokey and the Bandit series, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, The Wild Wild West Revisited, The Paul Williams Show, The Night They Saved Christmas, The Doors, Hart to Hart Returns)
1941 - ‘Mama’ Cass Elliott (Ellen Naomi Cohen) (singer: group: The Mamas & The Papas: California Dreamin’, Monday, Monday, Creeque Alley; solo: Dream a Little Dream of Me, It’s Getting Better, Make Your Own Kind of Music; group: The Mugwumps; died July 29, 1974)
1942 - Freda Payne (singer: Band of Gold, Bring the Boys Home; sang w/ Duke Ellington)
1943 - Joe (Leonard) Morgan (Baseball Hall of Famer: Houston Colt .45’s, Houston Astros [all-star: 1966, 1970], Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1972-1979/World Series: 1972, 1975, 1976/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1975, 1976], SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1983], Oakland Athletics; 266 home runs, 2527 games as second baseman are records for his position; ESPN TV baseball analyst)
1945 - Randolph Mantooth (actor: Emergency, Detective School, Operation Petticoat)
1946 - John Coghlan (musician: drums: group: Status Quo: LPs: Picturesque Matchstickable, Piledriver, Hello, On the Level, Blue for You)
1946 - Joe (Joseph Vance) Ferguson (baseball: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1974, 1978], SL Cardinals, Houston Astros, California Angels)
1947 - Larry Brown (football: Washington Redskins running back, NFL Player of the Year ; NFL leading rusher [1970, 1972]; Super Bowl VII)
1947 - Lol Creme (musician: guitar, singer: groups: 10cc: Rubber Bullets, I’m Not in Love, The Things We Do for Love; Godley & Creme: Donna, Wedding Bells)
1948 - Jeremy (John) Irons (Academy Award-winning actor: Reversal of Fortune ; Die Hard: With a Vengeance, House of Spirits, M. Butterfly, Damage, Dead Ringers, The French Lieutenant’s Woman; voice of Scar: Lion King)
1949 - Twiggy (Leslie Hornby) (fashion model: mini-skirt; actress: The Boy Friend, Madame Sousatzka, Body Bags, The Princesses)
1949 - Sidney Wicks (basketball: College Player of the Year ; Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers)
1950 - Joan Lunden (broadcast journalist; TV co-host: Good Morning America)
1952 - Nile Rogers (musician: group: Honeydrippers: Sea of Love)
1955 - Rex Smith (actor: Sooner or Later, A Passion to Kill, Transformations, Pirates of Penzance)
1958 - Kevin Hooks (actor: The White Shadow, He’s the Mayor, Innerspace, Can You Hear the Laughter?/The Story of Freddie Prinze, Aaron Loves Angela, Sounder; director: Fled, Passenger 57, Murder Without Motive, Strictly Business, Roots: The Gift)
1966 - Soledad O’Brien (TV host: MSNBC: The Site)
1967 - Jim (James Anthony) Abbott (baseball: one-handed pitcher: Olympic gold medalist: U.S. baseball team ; California Angels [Sullivan Award: 1987], NY York Yankees [no-hitter: 9/4/93], Chicago White Sox)
Chart Toppers - September 19
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer
If I Loved You - Perry Como
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter
You, You, You - The Ames Brothers
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
Crying in the Chapel - June Valli
A Dear John Letter - Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky
Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee
My True Story - The Jive Five
(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
I’ll Never Fall in Love Again - Tom Jones
A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
Float On - The Floaters
Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr
We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) - Tina Turner
Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
Modern Day Romance - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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