September


September 1
1875 Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the Tarzan books, was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Edgar Rice Burroughs and one of his Tarzan books
1923 Boxing champion Rocky Marciano was born in Brockton, Massachusetts.
1939 Comedienne Lily Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1946 Pop singer and song writer Barry Gibb was born in Manchester, England.
1957 Singer Gloria Estefan was born in Havana, Cuba.


September 2
1766 James Forten was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was an abolitionist and successful business owner who supported William Lloyd Garrison's Liberator and in 1816 rejected the plans of the American Colonization Society to settle American blacks in Liberia and make him the ruler of the colony.
1948 Football star Terry Bradshaw was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1948 Basketball Hall of Famer Nate "Tiny" Archibald was born in New York City.
1952 Tennis star Jimmy Conners was born in East St. Louis, Illinois.
1960 Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson was born in Sealy, Texas.
1964 Movie star Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
1966 Movie star Salma Hayek was born in Veracruz, Mexico.


September 3
1783 The Peace of Paris treaty between Great Britain and the United States was signed by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay.
1838 Frederick Douglas escaped from slavery. He dressed as a sailor, borrowed identification papers from a retired merchant seaman, took a train from Baltimore to Wilmington, and took a steamboat to the free city of Philadelphia.

Frederick Douglass
1965 Actor Carlos Estevez (Charlie Sheen) was born in New York City.
2010 Sarah Sky Halliday was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Sarah Halliday


September 4
1768 Author Francois Rene de Chateaubriand was born in St. Malo, France.
1872 The New York Sun began exposing the Credit Mobilier scandal.
1882 Thomas Edison successfully provided electric lights to offices on Spruce, Wall, Nassau, and Pearl streets in lower Manhattan.

Thomas Edison
1918 Radio broadcaster and news commentator Paul Harvey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1949 Golfing great Tom Watson was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
1981 Singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and model Beyonce Knowles was born in Houston, Texas.

Beyonce Knowles


September 5
1774 The first Continental Congress met at Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia to protest British measures and call for civil disobedience.

Carpenter's Hall
1929 Comedian Bob Newhart was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Bob Newhart and the casts of his TV shows
1939 Actor William Devane was born in Albany, New York.
1942 Actress Raquel Welch was born in Chicago, Illinois.


September 6
1757 Freedom fighter Lafayette (Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier) was born in Chavaniac, France.

Lafayette
1766 John Dalton, developer of the atomic theory, was born in Eaglesfield, Cumberland, England.
1774 At Concord, Massachusetts, delegates from Suffolk County passed resolutions condemning acts of the British Parliament as "gross infractions of these rights to which we are justly entitled by the laws of nature, the British Constitution, and the charter of the Province," and declaring that no obedience was due them. These resolutions were rushed to Philadelphia and influenced the First Continental Congress.
1800 Educator and women's rights advocate Catherine Beecher was born in East Hampton, New York.
1883 The Chicago White Sox became the first major league baseball team to score 18 runs in one inning.
1899 Theatrical producer and songwriter Billy Rose (William Rosenberg) was born in New York City.


September 7
1822 Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.
1848 Serfdom was abolished in Austria.
1860 Painter Grandma Moses (Anna May Robertson Moses) was born in Greenwich, New York.

Grandma Moses and her postage stamp
1900 Author Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England.
1908 Heart surgeon Michael DeBakey was born at Lake Charles, Louisiana.
1936 Singer and songwriter Buddy Holly (Charles Harden Holley) was born in Lubbock, Texas.

Buddy Holly
1953 Maureen Connolly became the first woman to win a grand slam in tennis.


September 8
1380 Saint Bernardino of Siena, who praised the gift of entrepreneurship, was born in Massa Marittima, in the territory of Siena, Italy.
1841 Composer Anton Dvorak was born in Nelahozeves (now in the Czech Republic).
1922 Comedian and TV pioneer Sid Caesar was born in Yonkers, New York.

Sid Caesar
1925 Comedian and movie star Richard Sellers (Peter Sellers) was born in Southsea, England.

Peter Sellers
1932 Singer Virginia Patterson Hensley (Patsy Cline) was born in Winchester, Virginia.

Patsy Cline
1965 Bert Campaneris played all nine positions in one major league baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri.
1953 Rod Laver won his second tennis grand slam.

Rod Laver


September 9
1828 Novelist and Christian anarchist Leo Tolstoy was born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Leo Tolstoy
1890 Colonel Harland David Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was born in Henryville, Indiana.

Harland Sanders
1899 NY Yankee pitching great (1921-1930) Waite Hoyt was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1911 Social philosopher Paul Goodman was born in New York City.
1922 Historian, author, and professor Bernard Bailyn was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

Bernard Bailyn
1925 Actor Cliff Robertson was born in La Jolla, California.
1949 Football star Joe Theisman was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
1951 Actor Michael Keaton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1956 Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show from Hollywood, California. It is estimated that more than 50,000,000 viewers tuned in to see him perform Don't Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, Ready Teddy, and Hound Dog.

Elvis
1960 Actor Hugh Grant was born in London, England.
1965 Sandy Koufax became the first major league pitcher to win 4 no-hit games.

Sandy Koufax
1975 Singer Michael Buble was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.


September 10
1777 The first assembly under the New York state constitution, met at Kingston.
1823 The Champlain Canal, which connected the Hudson River to the south end of Lake Champlain, was officially opened.

Champlain Canal
1929 Golf great Arnold Palmer was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Arnold Palmer
1934 Yankee great (1960-1966) Roger Maris was born in Hibbing, Minnesota.

Roger Maris
1955 Gunsmoke, with James Arness as Matt Dillon, Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty, and Wilber Stone as "Doc", premiered on TV.

James Arness, Amanda Blake, and Wilber Stone
1963 Baseball pitcher Randy Johnson ("The Big Unit") was born in Walnut Creek, California.


September 11
1297 In the First War of Scottish Independence, Scots led by William Wallace wiped out the vanguard of the invading English army at Stirling Bridge.

William Wallace, Stirling Bridge, and Mel Gibson as William Wallace
1862 Writer William Porter (O. Henry) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1885 Writer D. H. Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England.


September 12
1880 Libertarian writer and critic H. L. Mencken was born in Baltimore, Maryland.

H. L. Mencken
1888 Entertainer Maurice Chevalier was born in Paris, France.

Maurice Chevalier
1892 Publisher Alfred A. Knopf was born in New York City.

Alfred A. Knopf
1902 Actress Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the movie The Wizard of Oz, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West
1913 Track star Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama.

Jesse Owens
1944 Singer Barry White was born in Galveston, Texas.
1965 Lysander Spooner's No Treason was published by Rampart College. This treatise analyzes the US Constitution with regard to contract law and shows that it is not a legitimate contract and it is not binding on any living people. Here is how this essay starts:
The Constitution has no inherent authority or obligation. It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. And it does not so much as even purport to be a contract between persons now existing. It purports, at most, to be only a contract between persons living eighty years ago. [This essay was written in 1869.] And it can be supposed to have been a contract then only between persons who had already come to years of discretion, so as to be competent to make reasonable and obligatory contracts. Furthermore, we know, historically, that only a small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or dissent in any formal manner. Those persons, if any, who did give their consent formally, are all dead now. Most of them have been dead forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years, and the constitution, so far as it was their contract, died with them. They had no natural power or right to make it obligatory upon their children. It is not only plainly impossible, in the nature of things, that they could bind their posterity, but they did not even attempt to bind them. That is to say, the instrument does not purport to be an agreement between any body but "the people" THEN existing; nor does it, either expressly or impliedly, assert any right, power, or disposition, on their part, to bind anybody but themselves.

Lysander Spooner


September 13
1851 Surgeon and conqueror of yellow fever, Walter Reed, was born in Gloucester County, Virginia.
1857 Candy manufacturer Milton S. Hershey was born in Derry Church, Pennsylvania.
1903 Actress Lily Claudette Chauchoin (Claudette Colbert) was born in Paris, France.

Claudette Colbert
1925 Singer Mel Torme was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1944 Actress and wet T-shirt model Jacqueline Bisset was born in Weybridge, England.

Jacqueline Bissett
1968 Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Bernie Williams
1977 Soap, a prime-time parody of soap operas, premiered on TV.


September 14
1769 Explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humbolt was born in Berlin, Germany.
1867 Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Charles Dana Gibson and illustrations of two "Gibson Girls"
1914 "Lone Ranger" portrayer Clayton Moore was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger
1924 New York Yankee infielder (1949-1957) Jerry Coleman was born in San Jose, California.
1933 Actress Zoe Caldwell was born in Melbourne, Australia.
1947 Actor Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
1949 Human Action by Ludwig von Mises was published. It is the greatest treatise on economics ever written (with the possible exception of Murray Rothbard's masterpiece Man, Economy and State).

Ludwig von Mises
1957 Have Gun Will Travel premiered on TV.
1972 The Waltons premiered on TV.


September 15
1789 Writer James Fenimore Cooper was born in Burlington, New Jersey.

James Fenimore Cooper and his most popular novel
1889 Humorist and movie actor Robert Benchley was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Robert Benchley and a caricature of his "awkward gait"
1890 Agatha Christie, the bestselling fiction writer of all time, was born in Torquay, England.
1926 Singer Robert Waltrip (Bobby Short) was born in Danville, Illinois.
1940 Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, sportscaster, and actor Merlin Olson was born in Logan, Utah.
1946 Movie maker Oliver Stone was born in New York City.
1946 Actor Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas.

Tommy Lee Jones
1949 The Lone Ranger premiered on TV.

Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger
1969 Steve Carlton struck out 19 Mets.
1978 Muhammad Ali won the world heavyweight boxing championship for the third time.

Muhammed Ali


September 16
1620 Religious dissenters sailed from Plymouth, England, for Virginia, to practice their beliefs without government harrassment. The Pilgrims sailed aboard the Mayflower.

The Mayflower
1823 Historian Francis Parkman was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1838 Railroad builder James Hill was born in Eramosa Township, Ontario, Canada. He built a transcontinental railroad without a dime from the government.

James Hill
1924 Actress Betty Joan Perske (Lauren Bacall) was born in New York City.
1925 Musician Charlie Byrd was born in Chuckatuck, Virginia.
1934 Basketball star Elgin Baylor was born in Washington, DC.
1955 Baseball star Robin Yount was born in Danville, Illinois.
1955 Rampart College was founded by Robert LeFevre in Colorado. The college was an unaccredited four-year school for classical liberals and individualist anarchists.


September 17
1743 Social philosopher Nicolas de Condorcet was born in Ribemont, France. He advocated a liberal economy and equal rights for women and people of all races.

Nicolas de Condorcet
1879 Andrew (Rube) Foster was born in Calvert, Texas. He was a star pitcher, team manager, and "The Father of Negro Baseball."
1911 The first transcontinental airplane flight, from New York to California, began.
1923 Country music singer and songwriter Hank Williams was born in Georgia, Alabama.
1928 JoAnn (Schumaker) Rothbard, Mrs. Libertarian, was born in Harvey, Illinois.

JoAnn Rothbard
1931 Actress Anna Maria Italiano (Anne Bancroft) was born in New York City.

Anne Bancroft
1932 Author of detective novels Robert B. Parker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Robert B. Parker
1945 Basketbal player and coach Phil Jackson was born in Dear Lodge, Montana.
1972 M.A.S.H. premiered on CBS television.


September 18
1709 Literary critic and lexicographer Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.
1838 Richard Cobden established the Anti-Corn Law League in Manchester, England. The corn laws imposed steep import duties that made it too expensive for anyone to import grain from other countries, even when the people of Great Britain and Ireland needed the food (as in times of famine). The goal of the league was the abolition of the corn laws; this was achieved in 1846, and on 4 July 1846 the League dissolved itself. Many of its members continued their political activism in the Liberal Party, with the goal of establishing a fully free-trade economy.

Richard Cobden
1851 The New York Times was founded.
1905 Actress Greta Gustafson (Greta Garbo) was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1916 Historian James J. Martin was born in New Brunswick, Canada.
1940 Singer and actor Frankie Avalon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1957 Wagon Train Premiered on TV.
1970 Comedienne and actress Aisha Tyler was born in San Francisco, California.

Aisha Tyler
1971 Actress Jada Pickett-Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1985 Benjamin Weir returned safely to America after having been released from 16 months captivity in Lebanon.


September 19
1777 The first battle of Saratoga was fought at Freeman's Farm.

Freeman's Farm
1796 George Washington delivered his Farewell Address as President, in which he recommended an isolationist foreign policy and warned against public debt, a large military establishment, and minorities gaining control of the government.
1928 Adam West, who played Batman on TV, was born in Walla Walla, Washington.

Adam West as Batman
1930 Yankee pitcher (1955-1962) Bob Turley was born in Troy, Illinois.
1936 Four-time Olympic discus champion Al Oerter was born in New York City.

Al Oerter
1943 Baseball star and sportscaster Joe Morgan was born in Bonham, Texas.

Joe Morgan
1948 Actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.
1974 Comedian and talk-show host Janes Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Jimmy Fallon


September 20
1838 The Non-Resistant Society was founded by William Lloyd Garrison and other Christian libertarians.

William Lloyd Garrison
1865 Vassar college opened in Poughkeepsie.
1870 The first editorial attacking "Boss" Tweed's rule in New York City appeared in the New York Times. William M. Tweed was eventually convicted for stealing an amount estimated by an aldermen's committee in 1877 at between $25 million and $45 million from New York City taxpayers through political corruption, although later estimates ranged as high as $200 million. Based on the inflation or devaluation rate of the dollar since 1870 of 2.7%, $25–$200 million is between $1 and $8 billion 2010 dollars.
1917 Basketball coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1934 Actress Sophia Scicolone (Sophia Loren) was born in Rome, Italy.

Sophia Loren
1955 The Phil Silvers Show premiered on TV.
1984 The Cosby Show premiered on TV.

Bill Cosby


September 21
1756 John McAdam, inventor of road paving, was born in Ayr, Scotland.
1784 The first successful daily newspaper to appear in America was published.
1866 Writer H. G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England.
1912 Animator Chuck Jones was born in Spokane, Washington. He created the characters Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner
1931 Actor Larry Hagman (J. R. Ewing on Dallas) was born in Fort Worth, Texas.

Larry Hagman as J. R. Ewing
1947 Writer Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine.
1948 The Texaco Star Theater starring Milton Berle premiered on TV.

Milton Berle
1950 Comedian and actor Bill Murray was born in Wilmette, Illinois.
1967 Singer Faith Hill was born in Jackson, Mississippi.


September 22
1791 Physicist Michael Faraday was born in Newington Butts, England. He discovered electromagnetic induction and electrolysis. His inventions formed the basis of electric motor technology. He also discovered benzene.

Michael Faraday
1920 Baseball pitcher Bob Lemon was born in San Bernadino, California.
1927 Slavery was abolished in Sierra Leone.
1927 Baseball manager Tommy Lasorda was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Tommy Lasorda
1982 Family Ties premiered on TV.


September 23
1779 John Paul Jones led the victory of Bon Homme Richard over Serapis.
1783 The defeated British army sailed for England.
1800 Educator William McGuffey was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
1845 The Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York City was founded.
1911 The world's first air mail route, between Garden City and Mineola (two towns on Long Island, New York), was established.
1920 Actor and entertainer Joe Yule Jr. (Mickey Rooney) was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Mickey Rooney
1930 Singer and composer Ray Charles Robinson was born in Albany, Georgia.
1949 Singer and song writer Bruce Springsteen was born in Freehold, New Jersey.
1947 Actress Mary Kay Place was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1959 Actor Jason Alexander was born in Newark, New Jersey.

Jason Alexander


September 24
1878 Five and Ten Cent stores were originated by Frank Woolworth.
1936 Jim Henson, creator of muppets, was born in Greenville, Mississippi.
1978 New York Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry raised his record to 23-3 and lowered his ERA to 1.74 by pitching his third 2-hitter in a row and defeating the Cleveland Indians 4-0. The shutout was Guidry's 9th of the season. It broke the Yankee record for shououts in one season, and was one short of the American League record set by Babe Ruth in 1916.

Ron Guidry


September 25
1690 Benjamin Harris published the first newspaper in America.
1786 The Rhode Island Supreme Court struck down an act that forced a creditor to accept paper money.
1789 Congress proposed the Bill of Rights.
1807 Alfred Vail, originator of the "Morse Code," was born in Morristown, New Jersey.
1909 The Hudson-Fulton Celebration was held in New York. “It was a huge 150-mile festival, from Manhattan all the way up the river to Albany.” It commemorated the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the North River, which now bears his name, and the 100th aniversary of Robert Fulton's first successful steamboat navigation on the Hudson River. Replicas of Henry Hudson ship Half Moon and Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont and many other ships, small craft, and floats on barges participated in the festivities.

Hudson-Fulton Celebration souvenirs

1918 Yankee shortstop (1941-1942, 1946-1956) and sportscaster Phil Rizzuto was born in New York City.

Phil Rizzuto
1931 TV journalist and talk show hostess Barbara Walters was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1944 Actor and movie producer Michael Douglas was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones share the same birthday
1965 Basketball star Scottie Pippen was born in Hamburg, Arizona.
1968 Actor Will Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1969 Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales.


September 26
1774 John Chapman "Johnny Appleseed" was born in Leominster, Massachusetts.
1898 Leonard Read, libertarian founder of the Foundation for Economic Education, was born in Hubbardston, Michigan.

Leonard Read
1898 Composer George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York.

George Gershwin
1925 Bobby Shantz, pitching star, was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

Bobby Shantz
1948 Singer Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England.
1957 Actress Linda Hamilton was born in Salisbury, Maryland.
1964 New York Yankee pitching ace Mel Stottlemyre hit four singles and one double to tie the major league record for hits in a 9-inning game by a pitcher.

Mel Stottlemyre


September 27
1722 American Revolution leader Samuel Adams was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Samuel Adams
1787 The first "Anti-Federalist" letter was published in the New York Journal. It warned that the Constitution would lead to despotism.
1840 American political cartoonist Thomas Nast was born in Landau, Germany.

Thomas Nast and his cartoon creations of Uncle Sam, Santa Claus, Boss Tweed, and himself
1949 Baseball star Mike Schmidt was born in Dayton, Ohio.
1954 The Tonight Show, hosted by Steve Allen, premiered on TV.

Steve Allen


September 28
1850 The US Navy abolished flogging.
1901 TV variety-show host Ed Sullivan was born in in New York City.
1918 The subway shuttle between Grand Central Station and Times Square opened.
1934 Actress and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal) was born in Paris, France.

Brigitte Bardot
1973 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, California.


September 29
1547 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Don Quixote, was born in Alcala de Henares, Spain.
1829 Individualist anarchist Ezra Heywood was born.
1881 Economist and free-market advocate Ludwig Von Mises was born in Lemberg, Austria.

Ludwig von Mises
1901 Physicist Enrico Fermi was born in Rome, Italy.
1907 Gene Autry (Orvon Gene), cowboy-movie star, singer, and baseball team owner, was born in Tiego, Texas.
1935 Rock-and-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis was born in Ferriday, Louisiana.
1942 Comedic actress Madeline Kahn was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Madeline Kahn in Clue, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein
1959 Dobie Gillis premiered on TV.

Dwayne Hickman as Dobie Gillis
2007 Emma Grace Halliday was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Emma Halliday


September 30
1715 French radical liberal Etienne Bonnot, Abbe de Condillac was born in Grenoble, France.
1781 The siege of Yorktown began.
1846 Ether was used as an anesthetic for the first time by dentist William Morton.
1926 Pitching great Robin Roberts was born in Springfield, Illinois.
1927 Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season, setting a new record.

Babe Ruth
1935 Singer Johnny Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas.
1943 Singer Marilyn McCoo was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1980 Tennis champion Martina Hingis was born in Kosice, Slovakia.

Martina Hingis
1982 Cheers premiered on TV.

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