Happy Birthday and THANK YOU to Chuck Jones (1912-2002) !
Today is Friday, September 21, 2018, the 264th day of the year with 101 days remaining.
- Sunrise: 6:57am
- Sunset: 7:08pm
...giving us 12 hours and 11minutes of daylight. 83% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 5:44pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate
- High: 10:58am/10:06pm
- Low: 3:57am/4:12pm
Special international celebrations today…
- Independence Day - Belize, Malta
- Referendum Day or Independence Day - Armenia
- St. Michael's Day - Papua New Guinea
- World Gratitude Day
- World's Alzheimer's Day
- Peace One Day
- National Concussion Awareness Day
- National Doodle Day
- National POW/MIA Recognition Day
- National Surgical Technologists Day
- National Tradesmen Day
- Miniature Golf Day
On this day in…
1792 - The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
1784 - "The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser" was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.
1893 - Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The "horseless carriage" was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.
1897 - The New York Sun ran the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon.
1931 - Britain went off the gold standard.
1931 - Japanese forces began occupying China's northeast territory of Manchuria.
1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was first published.
1941 - "The Second Mrs. Burton" premiered to the entire CBS Radio Network.
1948 - Milton Berle debuted as the host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC-TV. The show later became "The Milton Berle Show." Berle was the regular host until 1967.
1948 - "Life With Luigi" debuted on CBS Radio.
1949 - Communist leaders proclaimed The People's Republic of China.
1957 - "Perry Mason", the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.
1961 - Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.
1964 - Malta gained independence from Britain.
1966 - The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.
1970 - "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.
1973 - Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.
1981 - Belize gained full independence from Great Britain.
1982 - National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.
1982 - Amin Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was the brother of Bashir Gemayel who was the president-elect when he was assassinated.
1984 - General Motors and the United Auto Workers union reached an agreement that would end the previous six days of spot strikes.
1985 - North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.
1993 - Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.
1996 - The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
1996 - John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, GA.
Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...
- H.G. Wells 1866
- Gustav Holst 1874
- Chuck Jones 1912
- Rand Brooks 1918
- Larry Hagman 1931 - Actor ("I Dream of Jeanie," "Dallas")
- Leonard Cohen 1934 - Poet, songwriter
- Henry Gibson 1935
- James Woolsey 1941
- Dickey Lee (Patches) 1941
- Sam McDowell 1942
- Jerry Bruckheimer 1943 - Producer ("CSI")
- Fannie Flagg 1944 - Comedian, author
- Richard Childress 1945
- Stephen King 1947 - Author
- Reggie Rucker 1947
- Don Felder (The Eagles) 1947
- Marsha Norman 1948
- Bill Murray 1950 - Actor
- Kenny Starr 1953
- Arie Luyendyk 1953 - Auto racer
- Philthy Animal (Motorhead) 1954
- Mark Reed Levin 1957 - Lawyer, author, radio show host
- Ethan Coen 1958 - Writer, producer
- David Alan "Dave" Coulier 1959 - Comedian, actor, impressionist, television host ("Full House")
- David James Elliot 1960 - Actor (TV: "JAG")
- Nancy Travis 1961 - Actress
- Catherine Oxenberg 1961
- Rob Morrow 1962 - Actor ("Numb3rs," "Northern Exposure")
- Cheryl Hines 1965 - Actress ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
- Faith Hill 1967 - Country singer
- Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies) 1967
- Ricki Lake 1968 - Actress, talk show host
- Trugoy the Dove (De La Soul) 1968
- Alfonso Ribeiro 1971 - Actor, dancer, game show host ("The Fresh Princeof Bel-Air")
- Luke Wilson 1971 - Actor