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9/10/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - September 10

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Today in History in 1608 John Smith was elected President of the Jamestown Colony Council in Virginia; in 1776 George Washington asked for a spy volunteer and Nathan Hale volunteers; in 1955 “Gunsmoke” premiered on CBS-TV.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1608 - John Smith elected president of Jamestown colony council, Va
  • 1776 - George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers
  • 1823 - Simon Bolivar named president of Peru
  • 1913 - Lincoln Highway opens as 1st paved coast-to-coast highway
  • 1918 - Players on both sides threaten to strike the World Series unless they are guaranteed $2,500 to the winners & $1,000 each for the losers
  • 1955 - "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1978 - Jimmy Connors is 1st player to win US Open on 3 different surfaces
  • 1989 - Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown, the first in his career
  • 1992 - Lucy in Peanuts comics raises her Pyschiatric Help from 5 cents to 47 cents
  • 2002 - Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1638 - Maria Theresa of Spain, El Escorial, Spain, queen of Louis XIV of France (d. 1683)
  • 1890 - Elsa Schiaparelli, Rome, Italian fashion designer
  • 1914 - Robert Wise, director (Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story)
  • 1929 - Arnold Daniel Palmer, Latrobe PA, PGA golfer (1964 Masters)
  • 1934 - Roger Maris, Hibbing, Minnesota, Yankee, HR champ (61 in 1961, AL MVP 1960, 1961), (d. 1985)
  • 1947 - Larry Nelson, American professional golfer (three-time Major Championship winner), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • 1960 - Colin Firth, English actor ( Bridget Jones' Diary, The Kings Speech), born in Grayshott Hampshire

Famous Weddings

  • 1957 - Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien (23) weds Aline Chaine (21) in Canada
  • 1961 - Nigerian novelist, critic and academic Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") marries Christie Okoli
  • 1961 - Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)
  • 1966 - Actor John Lithgow (20) weds Jean Taynton
  • 1993 - Actress Loretta Young, 80, weds costume designer Jean Louis, 85
  • 2005 - Glamour model Katie Price (27) weds 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (32) in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
  • 2005 - Fashion model Jodie Kidd (26) weds entrepreneur Aidan Butler at St. Peter's Church in Twineham, West Sussex, England
  • 2005 - "The Yardbirds" rock guitarist Jeff Beck (61) weds Sandra Cash in Tunbridge Wells, England
  • 2005 - "Coronation Street" actress Samia Ghadie (23) weds property developer Matthew Smith at St Philip's Church in Alderley Edge, Cheshire
  • 2005 - British television presenter Kate Garraway (38) weds former political lobbyist Derek Draper (38) at St. Mary The Virgin parish church in London, England
  • 2005 - Camilla Parker-Bowles's son Tom Parker Bowles (30) weds "Harpers & Queen" fashion features editor Sara Buys at St. Nicholas' Church in Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire, England
  • 2011 - Actress Amy Smart (36) weds TV personality and model Carter Oosterhouse (35) in Traverse City, Michigan
  • 2013 - TV personality Holly Madison (33) weds Insomniac Events founder Pasquale Rotella in a fairytale wedding at Disneyland

Famous Deaths

  • 210 - Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of China
  • 1559 - Anthony Denny, confidant of King Henry VIII of England (b. 1501)
  • 1970 - Cy Denneny, Canadian ice hockey hall of famer, dies at 78
  • 1997 - Burgess Meredith, actor (Penguin-Batman, Rocky), dies at 88
  • 2007 - Jane Wyman, American actress (b.1917)
  • 2011 - Cliff Robertson, American actor (Charly), dies at 88

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