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September 7

Events - September 7
1888 - Edith Eleanor McLean was the first baby to be placed in an incubator. She weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Originally, the incubator was called a hatching cradle.

1892 - The first world heavyweight title fight to use the Marquis of Queensberry Rules (including boxing gloves and three-minute rounds) was held in New Orleans, LA. James Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan in round 21.

1914 - The New York Post Office Building opened its doors to the public. Since post offices open up quite often, you might wonder what’s unusual about this one. Well, this brand new building on Eighth Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets in New York City bore the inscription, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The inscription, supplied by William M. Kendall of the architectural firm that designed the post office, is a free translation from Herodotus, the Greek historian.

1916 - The New York Giants, of baseball fame, started setting a major-league record. The Giants won the first of 26 consecutive ball games.

1930 - Dagwood and Blondie made their first appearance in the comic strips. The cartoon, "Blondie", was created by Chic Young, and over time, the characters were heard on the radio, seen in 28 movies, and on 2 TV series. The strip featured newspaper hero Dagwood Bumstead as the playboy son of a railroad tycoon. He dated Blondie Boopadoop, a flapper, or gold digger. They married in February, 1933 and had a nice family. Alexander (Baby Dumpling), their first child, was born in 1934, Cookie arrived later. The strip is still running. Since Chic Young’s death in March, 1973, "Blondie" has been written by Chic’s son, Dean. It was drawn, for a time, by Jim Raymond, then by Stan Drake and later by Denis Lebrun. The strip is now done by Dean Young and John Marshall.

1940 - Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded "Temptation" on the Victor label.

1956 - The Bell X-2 experimental aircraft, piloted by Capt. Iven C. Kincheloe, climbed to an altitude of 126,000 feet -- a world record. Kincheloe was awarded the 1956 MacKay Trophy.

1963 - The Pro Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, OH.

1966 - The final episode of the original "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was seen on CBS-TV. Van Dyke played Rob Petrie, the head comedy writer for "The Alan Brady Show". Rob worked with two other comedy writers, Sally (Rose Marie) and Buddy (Morey Amsterdam), both of whom were good friends of Rob and his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore).

1970 - Jockey Willie Shoemaker became the winningest horse-racing jockey by collecting win #6,033. ‘The Shoe’ earned his victory at Del Mar Race Track in Southern California -- passing the previous mark set by Johnny Longden.

1971 - After nine years and 216 shows, "The Beverly Hillbillies" was seen for the final time on CBS-TV. Not to weep for Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), Granny (Irene Ryan), Elly Mae (Donna Douglas), Jethro Bodine (Max Baer, Jr.), Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bayley), Miss Hathaway (Nancy Kulp) or the rest of the "Hillbillies’" crew, however. The show has been in syndication since it left the network.

1972 - Curtis Mayfield earned a gold record for his "Superfly" album, from the movie of the same name. The LP contained the hits, "Freddie’s Dead" and "Superfly". Both songs were also million sellers.

1975 - The Cincinnati Reds clinched the National League West division title. The Big Red Machine set records for winning the division this early in the season -- and for winning it by 20 games.

1986 - Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins threw his 100th career touchdown pass, in only his 44th pro game, setting an NFL record. Despite the milestone, the Dolphins lost to the San Diego Chargers, 50-28.

1996 - From our "Blink and You Miss It" file: Mike Tyson took on WBA Champion Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson captured the WBA title, knocking out Seldon 1:49 into the opening round.

1996 - Rappers Tupac Shakur and Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, were shot after leaving the Tyson/Seldon prizefight (see above). A white Cadillac with four people inside pulled alongside Shakur and Knight at a Las Vegas intersection and someone opened fire. Tupac was hit 4 times (he died 6 days later), while Suge escaped with minor injuries. One theory about who orchestrated the shootings is that it was a result of rivalry between the U.S. East-Coast and West- Coast rappers.

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Birthdays - September 7
1533 - Elizabeth I (Queen of England [1558-1603]: daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; the Elizebethan Era was named after her; died Mar 24, 1603)

1819 - Thomas Hendricks (21st vice president of the United States [1885]; died in office Nov 25, 1885)

1860 - Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson) (artist: modern, primitive work: The Old Oaken Bucket, Christmas at Home, The Quilting Bee; first painted at age 78; died Dec 13, 1961)

1867 - J.P. (John Pierpont) Morgan Jr. (financier; died Mar 13, 1943)

1900 - Taylor Caldwell (author: Dear and Glorious Physician; died Aug 30, 1985)

1908 - Paul Brown (Pro Football Hall of Famer: football coach: Cleveland Browns; died Aug 5, 1991)

1908 - Dr. Michael DeBakey (heart surgeon; died Jul 11, 2008)

1909 - Elia Kazan (Kazanjoglous) (Academy Award-winning director: Gentleman’s Agreement [1947], On the Waterfront [1954]; East of Eden, A Streetcar Named Desire, Splendor in the Grass, Viva Zapata!, Pinky, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; died Sep 28, 2003)

1913 - Sir (John) Anthony Quayle (actor: The Bourne Identity, The Eagle Has Landed, MacKenna’s Gold, QB VII, 21 Hours at Munich, Anne of a Thousand Days, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wrong Man, The Guns of Navarone; died Oct 20, 1989)

1920 - Al Caiola (musician: guitar: themes from The Magnificent Seven and Bonanza; died Nov 9, 2016)

1921 - Arthur Ferrante (musician: pianist: duo: Ferrante and Teicher: Exodus, Tonight, Theme from The Apartment, Midnight Cowboy; died Sep 19, 2009)

1923 - Louise Suggs (golf champion: U.S. Open [1949, 1952]; LPGA [1957]; died Aug 7, 2015)

1923 - Peter (Sidney Ernest Aylen) Lawford (actor: Rosebud, Ocean’s 11, Mrs. Miniver, The Longest Day, Exodus, The Oscar, Harlow; member: Rat Pack; died Dec 24, 1984)

1924 - Daniel Inouye (U.S. Senator from Hawaii [1963–2012]; member of U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Japanese-American WWII unit that fought in Europe; lost arm in battle; won Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart; died Dec 17, 2012)

1928 - Al McGuire (Basketball Hall of Famer: New York Knicks, Baltimore Bullets, Marquette University coach: Coach of the Year [1971, 1974], Belmont Abbey College coach; college color sportscaster for NBC; died Jan 26, 2001)

1930 - Sonny (Theodore) Rollins (musician: saxophone: Oleo, Airegin, composer: score for Alfie and Alfie’s Tune, Soloscope; awarded Guggenheim Fellowship [1972])

1936 - Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley) (singer: group: The Crickets: That’ll Be the Day, Oh, Boy, Peggy Sue, Maybe Baby; solo: It Doesn’t Matter Anymore; killed in plane crash Feb 3, 1959)

1937 - John Phillip Law (actor: The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming, Barbarella, The Last Movie, The Love Machine; died May 13, 2008)

1945 - Jacques Lemaire (hockey: Quebec Aces, Houston Apollos, Montreal Canadiens; head coach: Minnesota Wild)

1946 - Alfa Anderson (singer: groups: Brown Sugar, Chic: Dance, Dance, Dance, Everybody Dance, Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Good Times)

1946 - Joe (Joseph Oden) Rudi (baseball: KC Athletics, Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1972, 1973, 1974/all-star: 1972, 1974, 1975], California Angels, Boston Red Sox)

1948 - Susan Blakely (actress: Rich Man, Poor Man, The Lonely Lady, Towering Inferno, Savages, Capone, Lord’s of Flatbush, Concorde: Airport ’79, Cry for Love, Ladykillers, Over the Top, Hungry Hearts, Her Married Lover)

1949 - Gloria Gaynor (singer: I Will Survive, Never Can Say Goodbye)

1950 - Julie Kavner (Emmy Award-winning actress: Rhoda [1977-78], The Simpson’s: voice of Marge Simpson [1991-92]; The Tracy Ullman Show, This is My Life, Radio Days, I’ll Do Anything, Hannah and Her Sisters)

1950 - Peggy Noonan (writer: U.S. President’s speeches: “A kinder, gentler nation.”)

1951 - Chrissie Hynde (musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: group: The Pretenders: Kid, Brass in Pocket, Precious, Private Life, Lovers of Today, 2000 Miles, Back on the Chain Gang)

1951 - Bert Jones (football: Baltimore Colts: NFL MVP [1976]; LA Rams; Sporting News College Player of the Year [1972]: Louisiana State quarterback)

1954 - Corbin Bernsen (actor: L.A. Law, Major League, Radioland Murders, Savage Land, Tales from the Hood, The Dentist, Spacejacked, Major League: Back to the Minors, The Dentist II, Time Shifters, Psych)

1954 - Benmont Tench (musician: keyboards: backed Elvis Costello in live performances; group: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: American Girl, Don’t Do Me like That, Jammin’ Me)

1969 - Angie Everhart (model, actress: Undercover, Executive Target, Welcome to Hollywood, Denial, Point Doom)

1970 - Tom Everett Scott (actor: Grace Under Fire, That Thing You Do!, An American Werewolf in Paris, The Love Letter)

1973 - Shannon Elizabeth (actress: American Pie, American Pie 2, Scary Movie, Seamless, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; TV host: VH1)

1978 - Devon Sawa (actor: Casper, Little Giants, Now and Then, The Boys Club, Slackers)

1987 - Evan Rachel Wood (actress: Profiler, Search for Grace, Practical Magic, Once and Again)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - September 7
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Room Full of Roses - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
I’m Throwing Rice (At the Girl that I Love) - Eddy Arnold

Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Diana - Paul Anka
That’ll Be the Day - The Crickets
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley

Help! - The Beatles
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
It’s the Same Old Song - Four Tops
The Bridge Washed Out - Warner Mack

Brother Louie - Stories
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy
Everybody’s Had the Blues - Merle Haggard

Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me - Ronnie Milsap

Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
Hangin’ Tough - New Kids on the Block
Don’t Wanna Lose You - Gloria Estefan
I’m Still Crazy - Vern Gosdin

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...

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