Today is Monday September 13th. It’s International Chocolate Day, Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day, National Peanut Day, Positive Thinking Day, National Hug Your Boss Day, National Bald is Beautiful Day, Scooby-Doo Day and Uncle Sam Day
There are 5 days until SIU football’s home opener
There are 9 days until Fall
There are 48 days until Halloween
Today is the day that…
— in 1501, Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture
— in 1881, Lewis Howard Latimer invents and patents an electric lamp with a carbon filament
— in 1922, The Straw Hat Riot begins in New York City as people protest the right to wear straw hats beyond the accepted end date of September 15
— in 1955, Swiss inventor George de Mestral is granted a patent for what would become known as Velcro
— in 1959, Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the US Army. They hit it off that night, with Elvis playing her some songs on guitar.
— in 1960, The FCC bans “payola,” the controversial practice of paying DJs for playing songs, as a result of the scandal involving, among others, Dick Clark and Alan Freed.
— in 1963, Mary Kay Cosmetics was founded
— in 1965, The Today Show on NBC was broadcast in all-color for the first time
— in 1965, The Beatles win their first Grammys, for Best New Artist and Best Album (for A Hard Day’s Night), at the awards ceremony in New York
— in 1969, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” premieres on CBS
— in 1971, Paul McCartney and wife Linda welcome a daughter: Stella Nina McCartney, who will grow up to be a fashion designer
— in 1974, The first broadcast of the “Rockford Files” aired on NBC-TV
— in 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd release their first live album, One More from the Road. It’s the only live album the band releases before a 1977 plane wreck decimates the original lineup and puts the band out of commission entirely for fourteen years.
— in 1977, The controversial soap-opera comedy spoof “Soap” premiered on ABC, with the rare warning of “Viewer discretion advised”
— in 1979, “Benson”, a spin-off from Soap, debuted on ABC, starring Robert Guillame in the title role
— in 1980, The music TV series Solid Gold premieres in syndication, hosted by Dionne Warwick
— in 1985, Nintendo released “Super Mario Bros.”
— in 1986, Berlin’s ballad from the Top Gun soundtrack “Take My Breath Away” hits #1
— also in 1986, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse premiered on CBS’ Saturday morning lineup
— in 1990, the original Law & Order premiered on NBC
— also in 1990, Eddie Vedder does some surfing, writes some lyrics, and adds his vocals to three instrumental tracks recorded by the guys he would later join in Pearl Jam. The songs become “Alive,” “Once” and “Footsteps.”
— in 1993, Conan O’Brien became the host of NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien. E-Street Band drummer Max Weinberg begins his new job as bandleader.
— in 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur died six days after being shot in Las Vegas by an unknown assailant
— in 1997, Elton John’s rewritten version of “Candle In The Wind” that he played at Princess Diana’s funeral a week earlier is released as a single. It sells a record 600,000 copies the first day in Britain alone, where it becomes the best selling single of all time.
— also in 1997, Mother Teresa’s state funeral is held in India
— in 1999, The Denver Broncos retire John Elway’s #7 jersey
— in 2000, the movie Almost Famous is released in theaters. The film is a semi-autobiographical account of writer and director Cameron Crowe’s time spent interviewing rock bands for Rolling Stone in the ’70s, when he was just a teenager.
— in 2001, as US civilian air traffic resumes, Secretary of State Colin Powell names Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect behind the 9/11 terror attacks
— in 2005, With his approval rating at an all-time low, President Bush accepted responsibility for the government’s failure to act quicker on Hurricane Katrina
— also in 2005, Jimi Hendrix’s boyhood home in Seattle is saved from destruction after his estate and the city agree to renovate the building and turn it into a community center
— in 2007, The NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 for spying on the New York Jets during a game
— in 2008, Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas
— in 2009, Katy Perry and Russell Brand meet at the MTV Video Music Awards, which Brand is hosting. The pair begin dating soon after.
— also in 2009, Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for best female video at the MTV Video Music Awards, saying Beyonce should have won the award instead
— in 2015, REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath, who wrote their hits “Ridin’ the Storm Out” and “Take It On The Run,” dies at the age of 65
— in 2019, Eddie Money died after complications with esophageal cancer at the age of 70
— also in 2019, actress Felicity Huffman is sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in a college admissions scandal
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