Events - September 15
1857 - Timothy Alden of New York City earned a patent for the typesetting machine. Newspaper and magazine publishers were very happy, as the machine made the production of these publications much faster and easier to accomplish ... making them more timely. We wonder what Timothy would have thought of the computer.
1930 - Ely Culbertson and the United States team played a challenge match with Great Britain in contract bridge competition. The event took place in London, England, and helped establish bridge as a favorite with the card-playing crowd. The London bridge crowd fell down on the job as the U.S. team won the match.
1930 - Hoagy Carmichael recorded "Georgia on My Mind" on the Victor label. Carmichael composed the song (lyrics by Stuart Gorrell) that has has been recorded by Ray Charles and many other artists over the years. "Georgia on My Mind" became the official state song of Georgia in 1979.
1934 - NBC radio presented "The Gibson Family" to American audiences. The program was the first musical-comedy-drama to be broadcast. Ernest Whitman and Eddie Green were featured members of the cast and were billed as “network radio’s only colored comedians.” The show originated from the studios of WEAF in New York City.
1963 - Matty, Felipe and Jesus Alou, the famed Alou Brothers of baseball, took to the outfield and played together for the first time. The brothers played for the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13-5, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
1965 - It was a grand time in Hooterville. Oliver (Wendell) Douglas and his socialite wife Lisa; storekeeper Sam Drucker; Arnold the Pig and a whole bunch of funny neighbors showed up at "Green Acres" on CBS-TV. Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor headed a memorable cast in this, the first of six seasons on the network.
1971 - Twelve members of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee founded Greenpeace, the environmental organization committed to a green and peaceful world. The group from Vancouver, British Columbia was aboard the "Phyllis Cormack" sailing to Amchitka, Alaska to protest nuclear testing.
1973 - Secretariat won the Marlboro Cup and set a world record for the 1-1/8 mile event. The legendary thoroughbred won in 1 minute, 45-2/3 seconds and earned $250,000.
1979 - Bob Watson of the Boston Red Sox hit a single, double, triple, and home run to become the first player in the major leagues to hit for the cycle in both leagues. Boston walloped the Baltimore Orioles 10-2.
1982 - "USA Today", a publication of the Gannett media empire, was published for the first time. The paper was called “The Nation’s Newspaper.” Critics called the satellite-transmitted, colorful, splashy, somewhat glitzy publication, “News McNugggets,” “The Nation’s Comic Book” and the winner of the “Pulitzer Prize for Best Investigative Paragraph.” "USA Today" -- now with editions throughout the world -- has changed the shape of newspapers everywhere. Many have imitated the fast-reading format pioneered by "USA Today" in an attempt to revitalize the suffering newspaper industry.
1984 - Princess Diana and Prince Charles celebrated the birth of their second child, a blue-eyed baby boy who weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces. At the time of his birth, Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David) was third in the line of succession to succeed his grandmother to the British throne. He is currently fifth in line, after his nephew George and niece Charlotte.
1997 - Elton John’s "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold more than 600,000 copies in its first day in British stores. At one Tower Records in London, 1,000 copies of the Princess Diana tribute were snatched up in less than 90 minutes. The single was released in the U.S. on Sep 23 and hit #1 Oct 11. 2000 - Motion pictures released in the U.S. this day: Warner Bros.’ "Bait", and "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport"; United Artists’ "Crime + Punishment in Suburbia"; and Hollywood Pictures’ "Duets".
Birthdays - September 15
1789 - James Fenimore Cooper (writer: The Leatherstocking Tales: The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, The Pioneers, The Prairie; died Sep 14, 1851)
1857 - William Howard Taft (27th U.S. President [1909-1913]; married to Helen Herron [two sons, one daughter]; Yale University law professor; Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1921-30]; died Mar 8, 1930)
1890 - Agatha (Marie Clarissa) Christie (Miller) (writer: Murder on the Orient Express, 65 other mysteries; playwright: The Mousetrap [world’s longest running play]; died Jan 12, 1976)
1903 - Roy Acuff (‘The King of Country Music’: Country Music Hall of Famer: Wabash Cannonball, Pins and Needles [In My Heart], Night Train to Memphis, The Great Speckled Bird, Freight Train Blues; group: Smoky Mountain Boys; publisher: Acuff-Rose Publishing; died Nov 23, 1992)
1907 - Fay Wray (actress: King Kong, Dr. X, Tammy and the Bachelor; died Aug 8, 2004)
1908 - Penny Singleton (Mariana McNulty) (actress: Blondie series; died Nov 12, 2003)
1916 - Margaret Lockwood (Day) (actress: The Wicked Lady, Cast a Dark Shadow, The Lady Vanishes; died July 15, 1990)
1920 - Dave Garcia (baseball manager: Cleveland Indians; died May 21, 2018)
1922 - Jackie Cooper (John Cooperman Jr.) (actor: Superman series, The People’s Choice, Skippy, Little Rascals, Our Gang; director: Izzy & Moe, Sex and the Single Parent, Leave ’Em Laughing, Marathon; died May 3, 2011)
1924 - Bobby Short (pianist, singer: regular on first Playboy TV series; autobiography: Black & White Baby; died Mar 21, 2005)
1928 - Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderly (musician: Alto/Soprano Saxophone: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; died Aug 8, 1975)
1928 - Henry Silva (actor: The Bravados, Green Mansions, Oceans Eleven, The Manchurian Candidate, Johnny Cool, The Hills Run Red, Sharky’s Machine, Code of Silence, Amazon Women on the Moon, Above the Law, Dick Tracy, The End of Violence)
1938 - Gaylord (Jackson) Perry (Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: SF Giants [all-star: 1966, 1970/Cy Young Award: 1971], Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1972, 1974], Texas Rangers, SD Padres [Cy Young Award: 1978/all-star: 1979], NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, KC Royals; 314 wins, 3,534 strikeouts, 20-game winner 5 times, lifetime ERA: 3.10, only pitcher to win Cy Young Award in both leagues)
1940 - Jimmy Gilmer (singer: group: Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs: Sugar Shack, Daisy Petal Pickin’)
1940 - Merlin Olsen (Pro Football Hall of Famer: LA Rams; broadcaster: NBC, CBS NFL Football; actor: Father Murphy, Little House on the Prairie; died Mar 11, 2010)
1945 - Carmen Maura (actress: Between Heaven and Earth, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Law of Desire, What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Dark Habits)
1946 - Tommy Lee Jones (Academy Award-winning actor: The Fugitive ; House of Cards, The Client, Natural Born Killers, JFK, Coalminer’s Daughter, Batman Forever, Volcano, U.S. Marshals; Emmy Award-winner: The Executioner’s Song [1982-1983])
1946 - Oliver Stone (Academy Award-winning director: Born on the Fourth of July , Platoon ; Wall Street, JFK, Natural Born Killers)
1949 - Dave (David Percy) Pagan (baseball: NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners)
1961 - Dan Marino (football: Miami Dolphins QB: individual NFL record for yards gained passing in a season [5.084] and touchdowns thrown  - both in 1984; Super Bowl XIX; TV host/analyst: HBO: Inside the NFL)
1984 - Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David) (fifth in line to the British throne; see 1984 [above])
Chart Toppers - September 15
Room Full of Roses - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
Maybe It’s Because - Dick Haymes
Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me - Wayne Raney
Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Diana - Paul Anka
Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
Fraulein - Bobby Helms
Help! - The Beatles
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
Is It Really Over? - Jim Reeves
Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy
Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Loves Me like a Rock - Paul Simon
You’ve Never Been This Far Before - Conway Twitty
Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Older Women - Ronnie McDowell
Hangin’ Tough - New Kids on the Block
Don’t Wanna Lose You - Gloria Estefan
Heaven - Warrant
I Wonder Do You Think of Me - Keith Whitley
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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