Happy Birthday to Michael Feinstein, champion of the Great American Songbook! (he's the guy on the left...)
Today is Friday, September 7, 2018, the 250th day of the year with 115 days remaining.
- Sunrise: 6:45am
- Sunset: 7:30pm
...giving us 12 hours and 45 minutes of daylight. 12% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 6:30pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate
- High: 11:11am/10:22pm
- Low: 4:06am/4:08pm
Special international celebrations today…
- Independence Day - Brazil
- Lusaka Agreement Day - Mozambique
- National Tree Planting Day - Namibia
- Bring Your Manners To Work Day
- Grandma Moses Day
- Grateful Patient Day
- National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day
- National Food Bank Day
- National Lazy Mom's Day
- Salami Day
- National Acorn Squash Day
- National Beer Lover's Day
- St. Gratus of Aosta, protector of vineyards
- St. Regina, patron of shepherdesses
On this day in…
1812 - Napoleon defeated the Russian army of Alexander I at the battle of Borodino.
1813 - The nickname "Uncle Sam" was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States. The reference appeared in an editorial in the New York's Troy Post.
1822 - Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.
1880 - George Ligowsky was granted a patent for his device that threw clay pigeons for trapshooters.
1888 - Edith Eleanor McLean became the first baby to be placed in an incubator.
1896 - A.H. Whiting won the first automobile race held on a racetrack. The race was held in Cranston, RI.
1901 - China and the Eight-Nation Alliance signed the Boxer Protocol ending the Boxer Rebellion (Boxer Uprising, Yihequan Movement).
1915 - Johnny Gruelle received a patent for his Raggedy Ann doll. (U.S. Patent D47789)
1927 - Philo T. Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using an image dissector.
1930 - The cartoon "Blondie" made its first appearance in the comic strips.
1940 - London received its initial rain of bombs from Nazi Germany during World War II.
1942 - During World War II, the Russian army counter attacked the German troops outside the city of Stalingrad.
1963 - The National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, OH.
1966 - The final episode of the original "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was aired on CBS-TV.
1971 - "The Beverly Hillbillies" was seen for the final time on CBS-TV.
1977 - The Panama Canal treaties were signed by U.S. President Carter and General Omar Torrijos Herrera. The treaties called for the U.S. to turn over control of the canal's waterway to Panama in the year 2000.
1979 - ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, made its debut on cable TV.
1983 - In Ireland, voters approved a constitutional amendment that banned abortion.
1984 - American Express Co. issued the first of its Platinum charge cards.
1986 - Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins threw his 100th career touchdown pass, in only his 44th NFL game, which set a NFL record.
1986 - President Augusto Pinochet survived an assassination attempt made by guerrillas.
1986 - Desmond Tutu was the first black to be installed to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.
1987 - Erich Honecker became the first East German head of state to visit West Germany.
1989 - Legislation was approved by the U.S. Senate that prohibited discrimination against the handicapped in employment, public accommodations, transportation and communications.
1998 - Mark McGwire set a new major league baseball record for most homeruns hit in a single season. The previous record was 61 set in 1961 by Roger Maris.
1999 - Viacom Inc. announced that it had plans to buy CBS Corp.
Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...
- Elizabeth I 1533 - Queen of England
- Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses) 1860
- J.J. Morgan 1867
- Taylor Caldwell 1900
- Michael DeBakey 1908
- Elia Kazan 1909
- David Packard 1912
- Sir Anthony Quayle 1913
- Al Caiola 1920
- Arthur Ferrante 1921
- Louise Suggs 1923
- Peter Lawford 1923
- Al McGuire 1928
- Sonny Rollins 1930 - Jazz saxophonist
- Little Milton 1934
- Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley) 1936 - Singer
- John Phillip Law 1937
- Richard Roundtree 1942
- (Chic) Alfa Anderson 1946
- Alfa Anderson (Brown Sugar) 1946
- Gloria Gaynor 1949 - Singer
- Susan Blakely 1948
- Julie Kavner 1951 - Actress ("The Simpsons," "Rhoda")
- Chrissie Hynde 1951 - Singer (Pretenders)
- Corbin Bernsen 1954 - Actor ("L.A. Law")
- Michael Emerson 1954 - Actor ("Lost", "Saw")
- Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) 1954
- Michael Feinstein 1956 - Pianist
- Margot Chapman 1957
- Angie Everhart 1969 - Model, actress
- Chad Sexton (311) 1970
- Tom Everett Scott 1970 - Actor
- Shannon Elizabeth 1973 - Actress
- Devon Sawa 1978
- Evan Rachel Wood 1987 - Actress
- Victoria Justice 1993 - Actor, singer