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home : extras : e-extras September 28, 2022

9/20/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - September 20

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Today in History in 1519 Ferdinand Magellan starts first successful circumnavigation of the world; in 1904 Orville and Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II; and in 1973 vocalist Jim Croce (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at age 30.

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

  • 1519 - Ferdinand Magellan starts 1st successful circumnavigation of the world
  • 1814 - "Star Spangled Banner" published as a song, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, tune by John Stafford Smith
  • 1881 - Chester A. Arthur sworn in as 21st president
  • 1891 - The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.
  • 1904 - Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II
  • 1926 - Bugs Moran attempts to assassinate Al Capone in a drive-by shooting but fails
  • 1969 - Archies' "Sugar Sugar" hits #1
  • 1984 - "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 2001 - In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".
  • 2011 - The United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.
  • 2011 - "Call Me Maybe", single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1833 - Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Milan, Italy, journalist/soldier/pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1907), (d. 1918)
  • 1878 - Upton Beall Sinclair, US writer (Jungle), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1968)
  • 1917 - [Arnold] Red Auerbach, NBA coach/GM (Boston Celtic), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929 - Anne Meara, Brooklyn New York comedian/actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place)
  • 1934 - Sophia Loren, Rome, actress (Desire Under the Elms, Black Orchid)
  • 1967 - Gunnar Nelson, rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection)
  • 1967 - Matthew Nelson, rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection)

Famous Weddings

  • 1997 - "CHIPs" actor Erik Estrada (48) weds Nanette Mirkovich
  • 2002 - "Matrix" actor Laurence Fishburne (41) weds actress Gina Torres (33) at The Cloisters museum in New York City
  • 2002 - "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California
  • 2003 - "Will & Grace" actress Megan Mullally (44) weds actor Nick Offerman (32) in Los Angeles
  • 2012 - Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's daughter Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah (32) weds Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini (29) at the Throne Hall of Istana Nurul Iman palace in Brunei

Famous Divorces

  • 1951 - Actor Jackie Coogan (36) divorces Ann McCormack after 5 years of marriage
  • 1983 - Actor James Woods (36) divorces costume designer Kathryn Morrison after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1773 - Pieter de Swart, architect (Delfts Port Rotterdam), dies at 63
  • 1863 - Jakob Grimm, writer, dies at 78
  • 1945 - Eduard Wirths, Nazi physician at Auschwitz, commits suicide at 36
  • 1973 - Glenn Strange, actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • 1973 - Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30

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