[Ed. Note ~ Ported from my old Diaryland blog on 11 September 2009]
September 11 in:
Ethiopia: New Year
Pakistan: Jinnah Day (1948)
Tunisia: Evening of Destiny
Hispanics: National Hispanic Heritage Week – – – – – ( Sunday )
US: National Grandparents’ Day – – – – – ( Sunday )
Afghanistan: National Assembly Foundation Day (1964) – – – – – ( Wednesday )
Scotland: Fisherman’s Walk Day – – – – – ( Friday )
September 11 Religious Observances:
Orth : Comm of the Beheading of St John the Baptist (8/29 OS)
RC : Commemoration of SS Protus & Hyacinth, martyrs
September 11 In History:
1609 – Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan island
1777 – Battle of Brandywine, Pa; Americans lose to British
1789 – Alexander Hamilton appointed Secretary of the Treasury
1814 – An American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.
1847 – Stephen Foster performed his Oh! Susanna for the very first time. The performance, for a crowd at the Eagle Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned Foster a bottle of whiskey.
1853 – 1st electric telegraph in use, Merchant’s Exchange to Pt Lobos
1857 – Mormon fanatic John D. Lee, angered over President Buchanan’s order to remove Brigham Young from governorship of the Utah Territory, incited a band of Mormons and Indians to massacre a California-bound wagon train of 135 (mostly Methodists) in Mountain Meadows, Utah.
1862 – O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) was born – author: short stories: Gift of the Magi; died June 5, 1910
1875 – 1st newspaper cartoon strip
1877 – The first comic-character timepiece was patented by the Waterbury Clock Company. It was another 56 years before the same company produced the first Mickey Mouse watch.
1883 – The mail chute was patented by James G. Cuttler, a former Mayor of Rochester, NY. The device was first used in the Elwood Building in Rochester. Mail chutes can still be seen — and sometimes, they still work — in many old office buildings.
1885 – D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence was born – writer: Lady Chatterlyâ€™s Lover; died in Mar 2, 1930
1889 – Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure “The Crooked Man” (BG)
1913 – Paul â€˜Bearâ€™ Bryant was born – football coach: University of Alabama: the winningest coach in college football [323 wins, 85 losses, 17 ties in 25 years]; died Jan 26, 1983
1917 – Ferdinand (Edralin) Marcos was born – President of the Philippines [1966-1986]; his corrupt government was overthrown in 1986; died Sep 28, 1989
1919 – US marines invade Honduras
1922 – British mandate of Palestine begins
1923 – The ZR-1 (biggest active dirigible) flies over NY’s tallest skyscraper, the Woolworth Tower
1926 – Aloha Tower dedicated in Honolulu
1927 – Babe Ruth hits 50th of 60 homers
1935 – Gherman Titov was born – Russian cosmonaut: second man in space [first was Yuri Gagarin]; first man to spend more than a day in space [25 hours: Vostok 2: 1961]; died Sep 20, 2000
1936 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam’s first hydroelectric generator in Nevada.
1940 – Brian (Russell) De Palma was born – director: Carrie, The Untouchables, Bonfire of the Vanities, Body Double, Scarface, Wise Guys
1941 – Charles A. Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in which he blamed ”the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration” for trying to draw the United States into World War II.
1941 – FDR orders any Axis ship found in American waters be shot on sight
1943 – Mickey Hart was born – musician: drums, songwriter: group: Grateful Dead: St. Stephen, China Cat Sunflower, Dark Star, Alabama Getaway; scored part of film: Apocalypse Now
1944 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in Canada at the second Quebec Conference.
1946 – 1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation
1951 – Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim the English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes
1952 – West German Chancellor Adenauer signs a reparation pact for Jews
1954 – The Miss America Pageant was televised for the first time. Bob Russell — not Bert Parks — was the host. Lee Meriwether was crowned Miss America by a panel of judges that included movie queen Grace Kelly.
1959 – Elroy Face of the Pittsburgh Pirates saw his 22-game winning streak come to an end. Face lost to the LA Dodgers, 5-4. He did, however, finish the 1959 season with an impressive 18-1 record. For those of you with baseballs for heads, who canâ€™t figure out how he ended up with 18 wins for the season instead of 22 … Face won the other four games at the end of the 1958 season.
1960 – The 17th Olympic games close in Rome
1961 – Bob Dylan’s 1st NY performance
1962 – Ringo Starr joined John, Paul, George and Andy White (session drummer) to record Love Me Do at Abbey Road, London, England. Ringo played tambourine. It took 17 takes to complete Love Me Do to everyoneâ€™s satisfaction.
1962 – Kristy McNichol was born – Emmy Award-winning actress: Family [1976-77, 1978-79]; Empty Nest, Appleâ€™s Way, Baby of the Bride, Women of Valor, Dream Lover, Only When I Laugh, Little Darlings, The Summer of My German Soldier
1965 – Beatles’ “Help!,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
1967 – Harry Connick Jr. was born – Grammy Award-winning singer: We are in Love; actor: Copycat, When Harry Met Sally
1967 – ”The Carol Burnett Show” premiered on CBS.
1967 – US Surveyor 5 makes 1st chemical analysis of lunar material
1970 – â€œWould you believe?â€ The last of the Get Smart series on CBS-TV was aired.
1971 – Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.
1974 – The St. Louis Cardinals took seven hours, four minutes and 25 innings to beat the New York Mets 4-3 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. The game set a National League record for innings played in a night game. It was the second-longest game in professional baseball history. Fans went home at 3:10 a.m.
1977 – TV’s Rhoda gets divorced
1984 – Bruce Springsteen broke the attendance record at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The Boss entertained 16,800 fans for the first of six sold-out shows. Springsteen broke his own record; one he set during a visit to Philly in 1981.
1985 – Pete Rose broke the major-league record for hits. He connected for hit #4,192 against Eric Show of San Diego.
1986 – The stock marketâ€™s Dow Jones Industrial Avgerage plunged 86.61 points to 1792.89. 237.57 million shares were traded making it the busiest day ever (to that day) on Wall Street.
1987 – CBS went black for six minutes after anchorman Dan Rather walked off the set of ”The CBS Evening News” because a tennis tournament being carried by the network ran overtime.
1991 – 14 die in a Continental Express commuter plane crash near Houston
1994 – Andre Agassi won the menâ€™s title at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, defeating Michael Stich 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.
1997 – The Army issued a searing indictment of itself, asserting that ”sexual harassment exists throughout the Army, crossing gender, rank and racial lines.”
1999 – Serena Williams won the U.S. Open womenâ€™s title at age 17 in only her second year as a pro. Williams beat top-seeded Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
1997 â€“ The Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
1998 Congress released Kenneth Starr’s report that offered graphic details of President Clinton’s alleged sexual misconduct and leveled accusations of perjury and obstruction of justice; the president’s attorneys quickly issued a rebuttal.
2001 – The worst terrorist attack on American soil – 2819+ die as a result of hijacked airplane attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Western Pennsylvania.