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September 24

Events - September 24
1915 - Douglas Fairbanks starred in "The Lamb". It was his first film and was shown at the Knickerbocker Theatre in New York City.

1934 - Babe Ruth bid farewell to the New York Yankees. It was the Babe’s last game in Yankee Stadium and for the team. The Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox, 5-0.

1938 - Tennis champion Don Budge won the U.S. Tennis Open at Forest Hills, NY. The win made Budge the first player to win all four major titles (he also had won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open).

1940 - "Flinging a Wing Ding" was recorded by Bob Chester. We wonder whether that was a chicken wing-ding he was flinging...

1942 - Glenn Miller ended his "Moonlight Serenade" series on CBS radio. It was time for Miller to go to war. The show had aired three times a week for Chesterfield Cigarettes.

1955 - Millions of Americans tuned in to watch Judy Garland make her TV debut on the "Ford Star Jubilee". The CBS show received the highest television ratings to that time.

1961 - Bullwinkle J. Moose and his friend, Rocket J. (Rocky) Squirrel, were seen in prime time for the first time on NBC-TV. The Sunday night cartoon (7-7:30 p.m.) was called "The Bullwinkle Show". Originally Bullwinkle and Rocky appeared on ABC in a weekday afternoon series, "Rocky and His Friends".

1968 - The Vogues received a gold record for "Turn Around Look at Me" on the Reprise label.

1968 - The longest-running newsmagazine on television began on CBS-TV. "60 Minutes" started on this, a Tuesday, night in 1968. During its first three years on the tube, "60 Minutes" ran on an alternate-week schedule with "CBS News Hour", moving to Sundays (all by itself) in early 1972. "60 Minutes" debuted with two correspondents: Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner.

1977 - Get out the polyester cruisewear! "The Love Boat" set sail -- on ABC-TV. Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod); Cruise Director, Julie McCoy (Lauren Tewes); Dr. Adam Bricker (Bernie Kopell); Bartender, Isaac Washington (Ted Lange); and Yeoman-Purser, Burl ‘Gopher’ Smith (Fred Grandy) took to the calm seas each week. The show’s theme, "The Love Boat", written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox, was sung by Jack Jones. The voice of Ernie Anderson, will always be remembered for his intros announcing, “The Luuuuuve Boat.”

1988 - The Rev. Barbara C. Harris of Philadelphia was elected Suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts. She was the first woman to be elected a bishop of the Episcopal Church.

1988 - Guns N’Roses "Appetite for Destruction" reached #1 on the "Billboard" album chart. The tracks: "Welcome to the Jungle", "It’s So Easy", "NighTrain", "Out Ta Get Me", "Mr. Brownstone", "Paradise City", "My Michelle", "Think About You", "Sweet Child O’ Mine", "You're Crazy", "Anything Goes", "Rocket Queen".

1988 - Seoul Summer Olympics flashes: 1) Carl Lewis ran the fastest 100 of his life, 9.92 seconds, but was beaten by Canadian Ben Johnson’s 9.79. “I ran the best I could, and I'm pleased with the race.” Lewis said. (Lewis did become the recipient of the that gold medal when Johnson tested positive for steroids, a banned substance for Olympic athletes.) 2) Jackie Joyner-Kersee amassed a world-record score (7,291) in the heptathlon (seven different track-and-field events for women).

1999 - Movies debuting in U.S. theatres this day: "Double Jeopardy" (starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Bruce Greenwood); "Guinevere" (with Sarah Polley, Stephen Rea, Gina Gershon); "Jakob the Liar" (Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban); and "Mumford" (Jane Adams, Ted Danson, Hope Davis).

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Birthdays - September 24
1755 - John Marshall (attorney: 4th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; died July 6, 1835)

1896 - F. (Francis) Scott (Key) Fitzgerald (writer: This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night; died Dec 21, 1940)

1912 - Don Porter (actor: Our Miss Brooks, The Candidate, Bachelor in Paradise; died Feb 11, 1997)

1915 - Larry Gates (actor: Backstairs at the White House, Death of a Gunfighter, The Sand Pebbles, Toys in the Attic; died Dec 12, 1996)

1921 - Jim McKay (McManus) (Emmy Award-winning commentator: Coverage of the Munich Olympic Tragedy: ABC Special [1972]; sportscaster: ABC’s Wide World of Sports; newspaper writer: The Baltimore Sun; died Jun 7, 2008)

1924 - Sheila MacRae (Stephens) (comedienne: The Honeymooners, The Jackie Gleason Show; author: Mother of the Year; wife of singer, actor Gordon MacRae; died Mar 6, 2014)

1931 - Anthony Newley (actor: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, Roar of the Grease Paint, Oliver Twist, No Time to Die; singer: What Kind of Fool Am I?; died Apr 14, 1999)

1936 - Jim (James Maury) Henson (creator of the Muppets: Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, Miss Piggy, Oscar the Grouch: Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Great Muppet Caper: 18 Emmys, 17 Grammys, 4 Peabody Awards and 5 Ace Awards; died May 16, 1990)

1940 - Barbara Allbut (singer: group: The Angels: My Boyfriend’s Back)

1941 - John Mackey (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Baltimore Colts: Super Bowl V; San Diego Chargers; died Jul 6, 2011)

1941 - Linda McCartney (Eastman) (photographer: Rolling Stone magazine; singer: group: Wings: Silly Love Songs [w/husband Paul McCartney]; died Apr 17, 1998)

1942 - Gerry Marsden (singer: group: Gerry & The Pacemakers: Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying, I’m the One, Ferry Cross the Mersey)

1946 - ‘Mean’ Joe (Charles) Greene (Pro Football Hall of Fame: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle with ‘The Steel Curtain’: two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year; Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV; defensive line coach: Pittsburgh Steelers)

1948 - Phil Hartman (actor, comedian: Saturday Night Live, NewsRadio, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Dennis the Menace, Amazon Women on the Moon, Loaded Weapon 1, Coneheads, Stuart Saves His Family, Jingle All the Way; shot to death by his wife Brynn May 28, 1998)

1948 - Eric (Thane) Soderholm (baseball: Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, NY Yankees)

1951 - Terry Metcalf (football: Toronto Argonauts, SL Cardinals, Washington Redskins)

1952 - Rod (Rodney Joe) Gilbreath (baseball: Atlanta Braves)

1956 - Hubie (Hubert) Brooks (baseball: NY Mets, Montreal Expos [all-star: 1986, 1987], LA Dodgers, California Angels, KC Royals)

1959 - Steve Whitmire (voice [since Jim Henson died in 1990] of Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Bean Bunny, Doozer; shares same birthday as Jim Henson [see Muppeteer Day above]

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Chart Toppers - September 24
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
Play a Simple Melody - Bing Crosby
Goodnight Irene - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb

Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers

Cherish - The Association
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
Bus Stop - The Hollies
Almost Persuaded - David Houston

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
I Wouldn’t Want to Live if You Didn’t Love Me - Don Williams

Hard to Say I’m Sorry - Chicago
Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band
Jack & Diane - John Cougar
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) - Jerry Reed

Release Me - Wilson Phillips
(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection - Nelson
Close to You - Maxi Priest
Jukebox in My Mind - Alabama

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