Today is Tuesday September 14th. It’s National Eat a Hoagie Day, National Cream Filled Donut Day, National Coloring Day, National Field Hockey Day, National Sober Day and Gobstopper Day

There are 4 days until SIU football’s home opener
There are 8 days until Fall
There are 47 days until Halloween

Today is the day that…

— in 1741, Composer George Frideric Handel finishes his “Messiah” oratorio after working on it non-stop for twenty-three days

— in 1814, Francis Scott Key pens the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry,” later known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship in Baltimore harbor

— in 1901, after the assassination of President William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the youngest man to serve as U.S. President at the age of 42

— in 1939, The world’s first practical helicopter, the VS-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky, takes flight in Stratford, Connecticut

— in 1956, IBM introduces the RAMAC 305, the first commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage; it weighs over a ton

— in 1968, The Archies Saturday morning cartoon TV show debuts on CBS

— in 1969, Genesis take the stage for the first time, playing at the cottage owned by leader Peter Gabriel’s former Sunday School teacher

— in 1972, The Waltons premiered on CBS

— in 1973, President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure lifting the NFL’s policy of blacking out telecasts of home games if they weren’t sold out

— in 1974, Eric Clapton’s “I Shot The Sheriff,” a song written by Bob Marley, hits #1 on the Hot 100

— in 1978, Mork & Mindy premiered on ABC

— in 1979, The film version of Quadrophenia, The Who’s rock opera, premieres at the Toronto Film Festival

— in 1981, Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV

— in 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) died at age 52 from injuries she suffered in a car crash from the day before

— in 1984, At the very first MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna performs a sultry rendition of “Like A Virgin” while wearing a white wedding gown

— in 1985, “The Golden Girls,” starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, debuts on NBC

— in 1987, American Bandstand becomes the longest-running entertainment show in America

— in 1994, the remainder of the Major League Baseball season was canceled due to a strike, cancelling the World Series for the first time since 1904

— in 1998, the TV show Roseanne debuted on ABC, starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman

— also in 1998, MTV debuts Total Request Live, a countdown of the Top 10 fan-requested music videos, hosted by Carson Daly

— in 2001, President George W. Bush toured the ruins of the World Trade Center and addressed rescue workers over a bullhorn, while the FBI released the names of the 19 suspected hijackers who took part in the September 11th attacks

— in 2005, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines filed for bankruptcy because of high jet fuel costs

— in 2009, Patrick Swayze died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 57

— in 2010, George Michael was sentenced to 8 weeks in jail for driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs

— in 2018, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pleads guilty to conspiracy charges

— and in 2020, astronomers report possible sign of life on Venus, after detecting phosphine in the planet’s atmosphere

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