Events - September 25
1513 - The first European to see it took a glance at what we call the Pacific Ocean. Vasco Nunez de Balboa thought he was the first to discover the large body of water. He named it the South Sea, claiming it in the name of the King of Spain.
1690 - Many immigrants came to the New World to escape persecution; yet the land of the free was not necessarily free. On this day, the first newspaper was published in America. It was never published again. Censorship raised its ugly head. Authorities considered "Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick" to be offensive and ordered the publisher, Benjamin Harris, to cease publishing.
1890 - A U.S. National Park was established in Central California. It was called Sequoia National Park after the giant sequoia trees that grow there.
1933 - America’s favorite cowboy, Tom Mix, was heard for the first time on NBC radio. "The Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters" continued on the air until June 1950.
1934 - "Hot Lips" was recorded by Henry Busse and his orchestra in Chicago, IL.
1950 - NBC-TV introduced a new concept in daytime programming. Kate Smith debuted an hourlong show. Her theme song for the show was "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain". Kate’s daytime show ran for four years. God Bless America.
1953 - Following in the footlights of musical greats like Ignace Paderewski and Victor Borge, a piano player named Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall. Liberace performed before a sellout audience. His candelabra and concert grand piano were instant trademarks that lasted throughout his career.
1965 - Willie Mays hit his fiftieth home run of the baseball season, making him the oldest player to accomplish this. He was 34 years old. Ten years before, at the age of 24, he was the youngest man to accomplish the same feat.
1979 - The third musical resulting from the collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber lit up the Great White Way. "Evita" opened on Broadway to rave reviews.
1981 - Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to sit on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. She was sworn in as the 102nd Justice.
1986 - An 1884-S Barber Head dime - one of only a dozen in existence - brought $83,000 in a California coin auction.
1992 - A Florida judge ruled that it was legal for a child to divorce biological parents. The court case involved twelve-year-old Gregory Kingsley who didn’t want his parents anymore.
1998 - Hurricane Georges crossed the Florida Straits, passed over Key West and took aim on the northern Gulf coast. On September 26, hurricane warnings went up from Panama City to Morgan City, Louisiana.
Birthdays - September 25
1683 - Jean Phillippe Rameau (composer: Treatise of Harmony, Hippolyte and Aricie, Castor and Pollux, Zoroastre, Les Indes Galants; died Sep 12, 1764)
1897 - William (Cuthbert) Faulkner (Nobel Prize-winning writer ; The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Absalom, Absolom!, Sanctuary, The Bear, Soldiers’ Pay, The Reivers; movie scripts: The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not; died July 6, 1962)
1905 - Red (Walter) Smith (Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter [New York Times: 1976]; died Jan 15, 1982)
1906 - Dimitri Shostakovich (composer: Symphony No.5, No. 7, No. 11, No. 13, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk aka Katerina Ismailova; died Aug 9, 1975)
1917 - Phil (Philip Francis) Rizzuto (‘Scooter’: Baseball Hall of Famer: NY Yankees short stop [World Series: 1941, 1942, 1947, 1950-1953, 1955/all-star: 1942, 1950-1953/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1950]; TV sportscaster: Yankees TV; died Aug 14, 2007)
1917 - Johnny (John Franklin) Sain (baseball: pitcher: Boston Braves [all-star: 1947, 1948/World Series: 1948], NY Yankees [World Series: 1951, 1952, 1953/all-star: 1953], Kansas City Athletics; died Nov 7, 2006)
1926 - Aldo Ray (DaRe) (actor: Battle Cry, God’s Little Acre, The Green Berets, Miss Sadie Thompson, The Naked and the Dead, Nightstalker; died Mar 27, 1991)
1929 - Barbara (Ann) Walters (broadcaster: Today, 20/20, ABC News Tonight, Barbara Walters Specials)
1932 - Glenn (Herbert) Gould (pianist, composer: films: Spheres, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Wars; wrote piano essay about Petula Clark; died Oct 4, 1982)
1933 - Erik Darling (folk singer: groups: The Weavers; The Tarriers: Cindy, Oh Cindy, Banana Boat Song; Rooftop Singers: Walk Right In; solo: LP: True Religion, Train Time; died Aug 3, 2008)
1936 - Juliet Prowse (dancer, actress: Can-Can, G.I. Blues, Mona McCluskey; L’Eggs commercials; died Sep 14, 1996)
1942 - Oscar Bonavena (boxing: heavyweight: record: 56 wins, 9 losses, 1 draw, 42 kayos; found murdered at the Mustang Ranch bordello (Las Vegas) May 22, 1976)
1943 - Gary Alexander (musician: guitar, singer: group: The Association: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Windy, Never My Love)
1943 - Robert Walden (actor: Lou Grant, All the King’s Men)
1944 - Michael Douglas (Academy Award-winning actor: Wall Street ; Disclosure, The China Syndrome, Fatal Attraction, Black Rain, A Chorus Line, The Jewel of the Nile, Romancing the Stone, Basic Instinct, The Game, The Streets of San Francisco; son of actor Kirk Douglas)
1945 - Onnie McIntyre (musician: guitar: group: Average White Band: Pick Up the Pieces, Work to Do, Let’s Go Around Again)
1947 - Cheryl Tiegs (model; author: The Way to Natural Beauty)
1949 - Anson Williams (Heimlick) (actor: Happy Days)
1950 - E.C. Coleman (basketball: New Orleans Jazz, Golden State Warriors)
1951 - Mark Hamill (actor: Star Wars, The Texas Wheelers, Eight is Enough, Batman-The Animated Series, General Hospital)
1951 - Bob McAdoo (basketball: Buffalo Braves: NBA MVP ; LA Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, NY Knicks)
1952 - Christopher Reeve (actor: Superman series, Blood Horse, Black Fox, Somewhere in Time, Village of the Damned, The Remains of the Day; champion of people with paralytic injuries; died Oct 10, 2004)
1952 - Mike (Michael Thomas) Stanton (baseball: pitcher: Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox)
1955 - Steve Severin (Bailey) (musician: bass: group: Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Lord’s Prayer, Helter-Skelter, Israel, Christine, Happy House)
1958 - Michael Madsen (actor: WarGames, The Natural, War and Remembrance, The End of Innocence, Fatal Instinct, Free Willy, Money for Nothing, The Getaway , Wyatt Earp, Mulholland Falls, Executive Target, Pressure Point)
1961 - Heather Locklear (actress: Melrose Place, Dynasty, T.J. Hooker)
1965 - Scottie Pippen (basketball: Chicago Bulls; member of 1992 Olympic Gold Medal-winning dream team)
1968 - Will Smith (actor: Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Six Degrees of Separation, Made in America; singer: Nightmare on My Street, Parents Just Don’t Understand, Men in Black series)
1969 - Catherine Zeta-Jones (actress: The Phantom, The Mask of Zorro, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Entrapment)
Chart Toppers - September 25
Because of You - Tony Bennett
I Get Ideas - Tony Martin
Come on-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell
Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
(’Til) I Kissed You - The Everly Brothers
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
The Three Bells - The Browns
The Letter - The Box Tops
Never My Love - The Association
Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay & The Techniques
My Elusive Dreams - David Houston
Fame - David Bowie
I’m Sorry - John Denver
Fight the Power - The Isley Brothers
Daydreams About Night Things - Ronnie Milsap
Tell Her About It - Billy Joel
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Baby, What About You - Crystal Gayle
I Adore Mi Amor - Color Me Badd
Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch/Loleatta Holloway
Emotions - Mariah Carey
Leap of Faith - Lionel Cartwright
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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