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Monday, September 21, 2009

Ah, history day--
September 21st, the Autumnal Equinox. A time of power, a time of magic, a time of change. The year's winding down (how did THAT happen so fast?)

In other news....on this day in 1784, America's first daily paper, The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser was first published in Philadelphia. (quite a mouthful)

I897, Frank Church, editor of the New York Sun, published his answer to 8 year old Virginia O'Hanlon's now famous letter asking, "Is there really a Santa Clause?"

1957, that great trial lawyer, Perry Mason first hit TV on CBS

1961, What is it with people wanting to swim the English Channel? On this day, Antonio Abertondo swam the channel BOTH WAYS! He did it nonstop in 24 hours and 25 minutes. (WHY I ask?? We have boats!)

1970, That great staple of men everywhere debuted today. Monday Night Football was born on ABC with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith

1981, We FINALLY got a woman on the Supreme Court! Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed by the US senate in a 99-0 vote.

1989, Hurricane Hugo plowed into Charleston, SC ringing up a trail of destruction totaling more than 8 billion dollars!
So, let's hear from you guys! What've you got??


  • At 3:56 PM, Blogger Amy said…

    HG Wells birthday today, Sept. 21.

    In 1937, "The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien, was first published.

    The last part, Return of the King wasn't published till 1955. Long wait for the sequel, huh?

  • At 6:06 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Amy my love!! OOOOH! HG Wells! LOVE him! Ever see the movie TIME AFTER TIME? Excellent........

    And holy crap! that's a hell of a long wait for a sequel!!

  • At 9:12 PM, Blogger Lacey Devlin said…

    Talk about testing reader loyalty Tolkien. Love the bit about the English Channel. Perhaps they already have water in their brain and they've forgotten the boats...

  • At 10:27 PM, Blogger Pat said…

    What I want to know is, how do you swim that long and not get a cramp somewhere??
    Maureen, I'm so happy to hear that you remember the movie "Time After Time". It didn't make a very big splash when it came out, but I always enjoyed watching it.

  • At 9:35 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hey Lacey!

    Yeah, I don't get the English Channel thing either! I mean come on people!! There are boats for a reason......

  • At 9:36 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Pat, for me, the cramps would have started on the beach!!

    And I LOVE Time After Time! I'm so glad to hear I'm not alone!


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