Events - September 11
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.
1850 - Jenny Lind sang at the Castle Garden Theatre in New York City. It was her first performance in America. Lind’s voice was so sweet that she was nicknamed ‘The Swedish Nightingale’.
1875 - "Professor Tigwissel’s Burglar Alarm" appeared in the New York "Daily Graphics" newspaper. 17 successive pictures that filled a full page made up the first comic strip to be published in a newspaper.
1883 - The mail chute was patented by James G. Cutler, 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. Did you ever wonder, as you see the mail going down the chute, whether it will get to its destination or disappear into never-never land -- never to be seen again? Maybe those wayward letters join up with the socks that escape from dryers.
1945 - Ernest Tubb recorded "It Just Don’t Matter Now" and "When Love Turns to Hate" on the Decca label. Tubb became the second recording artist to have made a commercial record in Nashville, TN.
1954 - The Miss America Pageant was televised -- live coast-to-coast -- for the first time. Bob Russell 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 can’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.
1964 - The last of the "Friday Night Fights" was seen on free, home TV. The Gillette Safety Razor Company, Madison Square Garden and ABC-TV televised a fight between Dick Tiger and Don Fullmer from Cleveland, OH. Tiger beat Fullmer to wrap up the 20-year TV series. Boxing soon went to closed-circuit TV in theatres and to cable and pay-per-view TV.
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.
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 market plunged 86.61 points to 1792.89. It was the busiest day ever (to that day) for investors, brokers and traders on Wall Street as the big board tumbled.
1993 - Mariah Carey’s album "Music Box" reached #1 on U.K. album charts, while a single from that album, "Dreamlover", was hitting #1 on U.S. singles charts.
1994 - Andre Agassi won the men’s title at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, defeating Michael Stich 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.
1998 - Movies opening in the U.S. this day: "Rounders" (with Matt Damon, Edward Norton and Gretchen Mol), "Without Limits" (with Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland and Monica Potter), and "Simon Birch" (with Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello and Ashley Judd).
1999 - Serena Williams won the U.S. Open women’s title at age 17 in only her second year as a pro. Williams beat top-seeded Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6
2001 - The World Trade Center terrorist attacks threatened to prompt a global recession as the FAA grounded all U.S. flights. Thousands of people were stranded and air cargo movement was paralyzed.
Birthdays - September 11
1862 - O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) (author: short stories: Gift of the Magi; died Jun 5, 1910)
1885 - D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (writer: Lady Chatterly’s Lover; died Mar 2, 1930)
1899 - Jimmie (James Houston) Davis (politician: Governor of Louisiana [1944-1948, 1960-1964]; Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter: You are My Sunshine; died Nov 5, 2000)
1909 - Anne Seymour (Eckert) (actress: Sunrise at Campobello, Mirage, All the King’s Men; died Dec 8, 1988)
1913 - Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant (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 (President of the Philippines [1966-1986]; died Sep 28, 1989)
1924 - Tom Landry (Pro Football Hall of Famer: coach: Dallas Cowboys [1960-1988], record: 270-178-6, 20 straight winning seasons, five NFC titles, two Super Bowl wins; died Feb 12, 2000)
1926 - Eddie (Edward Thomas) Miksis (baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1947, 1949], Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, SL Cardinals, Cincinnati Redlegs; died Apr 8, 2005)
1926 - Alfred Slote (author: The Trading Game, Finding Buck McHenry)
1928 - (Henry) Earl Holliman (actor: Police Woman, Delta, The Wide Country, P.S.I. Luv U, Hotel De Paree, The Bridges at Toko-Ri)
1928 - William X. Kienzle (author: The Rosary Murders, Body Count; died Dec 28, 2001)
1935 - Gherman Titov (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)
1940 - Brian (Russell) De Palma (director: Carrie, The Untouchables, Bonfire of the Vanities, Body Double, Scarface, Wise Guys)
1942 - Lola Falana (singer, actress: The New Bill Cosby Show, Ben Vereen - Comin’ at Ya, Lady Cocoa, The Klansman)
1943 - Mickey Hart (musician: drums, songwriter: group: Grateful Dead: St. Stephen, China Cat Sunflower, Dark Star, Alabama Getaway; scored part of film: Apocalypse Now)
1944 - Phil May (singer: group: The Pretty Things: LP: Parachute; group: Fallen Angels)
1944 - Dave (David Arthur) Roberts (baseball: pitcher: SD Padres, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants, Seattle Mariners, NY Mets; died Jan 9, 2009)
1946 - Dennis Tufano (musician: guitar, singer: group: The Buckinghams)
1948 - Jeff (Jeffrey Lynn) Newman (baseball: Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1979], Boston Red Sox)
1949 - Marty Liquori (track: Villanova University)
1950 - Amy Madigan (actress: Riders of the Purple Sage, Uncle Buck, Field of Dreams, Places in the Heart, Love Letters, Love Child, The Ambush Murders)
1953 - Tommy Shaw (musician: guitar: group: Styx: Come Sail Away, Miss America, Castle Walls, Superstars, Renegade, Babe, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, Mr. Roboto)
1957 - Jon Moss (musician: drums: group: Culture Club: Karma Chameleon)
1959 - Mick Talbot (musician: keyboards: group: The Style Council: Speak like a Child, Money Go Round, Solid Bond in Your Heart, Long Hot Summer, My Ever Changing Moods, You’re the Best Thing, Welcome to Milton Keynes, Walls Came Tumbling Down)
1961 - Virginia Madsen (actress: The Prophecy, Blue Tiger, Caroline at Midnight, Candyman, Love Kills, The Hot Spot, Gotham, Slamdance, Dune)
1962 - Kristy McNichol (Emmy Award-winning actress: Family [1976-77, 1978-79]; Empty Nest, Apple’s Way, Baby of the Bride, Women of Valor, Dream Lover, Only When I Laugh, Little Darlings, The Summer of My German Soldier)
1967 - Harry Connick Jr. (Grammy Award-winning singer: We are in Love; actor: Copycat, When Harry Met Sally)
1979 - Ariana Richards (actress: Switched at Birth, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park)
Chart Toppers - September 11
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer
If I Loved You - Perry Como
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
No Other Love - Perry Como
You, You, You - The Ames Brothers
A Dear John Letter - Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky
Michael - The Highwaymen
Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee
My True Story - The Jive Five
Tender Years - George Jones
Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
Best of My Love - Emotions
(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher - Rita Coolidge
Handy Man - James Taylor
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr
We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) - Tina Turner
Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me - Rosanne Cash
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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