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Today In History - September 18
1965 "I Dream of Jeannie"

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Today in History in 1846 Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning exchanged last letters before eloping; and in 1965 "I Dream of Jeannie", starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, premiered on NBC.

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

  • 1502 - Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th & last voyage
  • 1793 - US President George Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building
  • 1846 - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning exchange last letters before eloping
  • 1851 - New York Times starts publishing (2 cents a copy)
  • 1906 - A typhoon with tsunami kills an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong.
  • 1957 - "Wagon Train" premieres
  • 1964 - "The Addams Family", starring John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, and Jackie Coogan, premieres on ABC
  • 1965 - "Get Smart" premieres
  • 1965 - Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium: Mantle plays his 2,000th game
  • 1965 - "I Dream of Jeannie", starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, premieres on NBC

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1709 - Samuel Johnson, Lichfield Staffordshire, England, lexicographer/writer (Boswell's Tour Guide)
  • 1905 - Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, actor (Jack Benny Show), born in Oakland, California
  • 1905 - Greta Garbo, Stockholm Sweden, actress (Ninotchka, Grand Hotel, Camille), (d. 1990)
  • 1939 - Fred Willard, Ohio, comedian (Fernwood 2 Night, Real People)
  • 1940 - Frankie Avalon, Phila, actor (Beach movies)/singer (Venus)
  • 1961 - James Gandolfini, Westwood New Jersey, American actor (Tony Soprano)
  • 1971 - Lance Armstrong, Plano Texas, American road cyclist (7 Tour de France wins) barred from sport for using banned drugs
  • 1971 - Jada Pinkett Smith, American actress (Set it Off, Nutty Professor, Menace II Society), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Famous Weddings

  • 1907 - Author Arthur Conan Doyle (48) weds Jean Elizabeth Leckie
  • 1920 - Tennis player champion Molla Mallory (36) weds stock broker Franklin Mallory
  • 1922 - Nurse Margaret Sanger (43) weds James Noah Henry Slee in Bloomsbury, London
  • 1955 - Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)
  • 1955 - Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara (27) weds Peruvian economist Hilda Gadea (34) in Mexico
  • 1960 - NBA forward Jerry Lucas (20) weds sophomore Treva Geib
  • 1964 - Greek king Constantine II marries Danish princess Anne-Marie
  • 1985 - Comedian Jeff Foxworthy (27) weds Pamela Gregg at New York City's Central Park
  • 2004 - Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California
  • 2006 - Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines
  • 2009 - Grammy-winning rock-folk singer Lucinda Williams (56) weds manager Tom Overby at First Avenue in Minneapolis
  • 2010 - Pearl Jam singerEddie Vedder (45) weds model Jill McCormick (32) in Hawaii

Famous Divorces

  • 1969 - Actor Rod Taylor (39) divorces model Mary Hilem after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 96 - Domitian, Roman emperor, assassinated
  • 1180 - Louis VII, King of France, dies
  • 1949 - Frank Morgan, actor (Wizard of Oz), dies at 59
  • 1967 - John Cockcroft, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
  • 1970 - Jimi Hendrix, rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies of a drug overdose at 27
  • 2013 - Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 70
  • 2013 - Richard C Sarafian, American actor/director, dies from complications from pneumonia at 83

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