This Day in History September 12th
September 11th 2007 23:13
This Day in History
1609 - English explorer Henry Hudson sailed down what is now known as the Hudson River.
1857 - The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning 426 passengers and crew. The ship carried 13-15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush.
1914 - The first battle of Marne ended when the allied forces stopped the German in France.
1916 - Adelina and August Van Buren finished the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour to be attempted by two women. They started in New York City on July 5, 1916.
1918 - During World War I, At the Battle of St. Mihiel, U.S. Army personnel operate tanks for the first time. The tanks were French-built.
1928 - Katharine Hepburn made her stage debut in the play "The Czarina." Four years later she made her film debut in "A Bill of Divorcement."
1943 - During World War II, Benito Mussolini was taken by German paratroopers from the Italian government that was holding him.
1953 - U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
1954 - "Lassie" made its television debut on CBS. The last show aired on Sept. 12, 1971.
1959 - Bonanza premiers. First regularly-scheduled TV program presented in color.
1962 - President John F. Kennedy declares the USA will get a man on the moon, and safely bring him back, by the end of the decade.
1962 - Washington Senator Tom Cheney strikes out record 21 Orioles in 16 inn game
1963 - The last episode of "Leave it to Beaver" was aired. The show had debuted on Oct 4, 1957
1966 - "Family Affair" premiered on CBS television.
1966 - "The Monkees," premier on NBC
1978 - Situation comedy "Taxi" premiers on ABC television
1979 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits and 400 career home runs.
1983 - Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen. He had emigrated from Austria 14 years earlier.
1983 - Security guard Victor Gerena robs West Hartford company of $7 million
1986 - Joseph Cicippio was kidnapped in Beirut. He was the acting comptroller at the American University in Beirut. Cicippio was released in December of 1991.
1992 - The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off, carrying with it Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space; and Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly on a U.S. spaceship.
1994 - Frank Corder was killed when he crashed a stolen, single-engine Cessna on the South Lawn of the White House.
1995 - Two Americans were killed when their hydrogen balloon was shot down by the Belarussian military during an international race.
2001 - NATO Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for the first time in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.
2005 - A blackout in Los Angeles affects millions of Californians.
2005 - Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
1913 - Jesse Owens track star, spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold
1931 - George Jones country singer (White Lightning, He Stopped Loving Her Today, I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair)
1940 - Linda Gray Santa Monica Calif, actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas)
1944 - Barry White Galveston Tx, singer (Love's Theme)
1956 - Ricky Rudd, The Ironman of NASCAR drove car #21 and had a total of 23 wins.
1973 - Paul Walker, Actor(The Fast and the Furious, Eight Below, Running Scared)
1977 - James Louis McCartney son of Paul & Linda McCartney
1980 - Yao Ming, Chinese, 7ft 6in, 310lb basketball player for the Houston Rockets
1986 - Emmy Rossum, American actress and singer(The Day after Tomorrow)
1986 - Frank Nelson actor (Ralph-I Love Lucy, Jack Benny Show), dies at 75
1992 - Anthony Perkins, actor (Psycho), dies from AIDs at 60
1993 - Raymond Burr, actor (Perry Mason), dies of liver cancer at 76
1993 - Willie Mosconi, American billiards player (b. 1913)Won the U.S. Championshp 18 times, He ran 526 balls in a row in an exhibition of straight pool a record that still stands!
1994 - Frank Eugene Corder, suicide pilot crashed into the White House lawn (b. 1956)
2003 - Johnny Cash, man-in-black(Boy Named Sue, Ring of Fire) dies at 71
Joke of the Day
Little Johnny's new baby brother
Little Johnny's new baby brother was screaming up a storm. He asked his mom, "Where'd we get him?"
His mother replied, "He came from heaven, Johnny."
Johnny says, "WOW! I can see why they threw him out!"
Q: What do you call a blonde with two brain cells? A: PREGNANT!!!!!
The world's highest limousine stands 10 ft 11 in high from ground to roof. Built by Gary Duval of Colton, California, USA, it sits on eight monster truck tires. It has two separate engines and took over 4,000 man hours to complete. A realistic-looking fake missile-launcher can be raised through the sunroof and aimed by remote control!
Highest Go-Kart Mileage
The greatest distance covered by a motorized kart in 24 hours on an outdoor circuit by a four-man team is 1,062.5 miles, at Kirkistown race circuit, County Down, Northern Ireland
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