September, 2008             -- 365  days of Google Answers
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    On this day:

     

    Monday, Sept. 1: Labor Day -- U.S. (Day 246; 121 days remaining)

      * William Clark, explorer, dies in St. Louis in 1838 -- 29 years after completing the Lewis and Clark expedition:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=477076

    Born: Johann Pachelbel (1653); Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875); Walter Reuther (1907); Lily Tomlin (1939)

     

    Tuesday, Sept. 2: Ramadan starts

      * Travel tips during Ramadan:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=291692

    Born: Liliʻuokalani (1838); Albert Spalding (1850); Adolph Rupp (1901); Cleveland Amory (1917); Andrew Grove (1936)

      

    Wednesday, Sept. 3:

      * The Dow-Jones Industrial Average hits an all-time high of 381.17 on this day in 1929.  Less than two months later comes Black Tuesday and the start of the Great Depression:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=296663

    Born: Louis Sullivan (1856); Ferdinand Porsche (1875); Charlie Sheen (1965)

     

    Thursday, Sept. 4:

      * IBM introduces the first computer with a hard disk drive in 1956.  It stored 4.4 megabytes. Now the typical home has gigabytes of hard disk storage:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=559258

    Born: Daniel Burnham (1846); Richard Wright (1908); Paul Harvey (1918); Tom Watson (1949) 

     

    Friday, Sept. 5:

      *  Nap Lajoie, a Hall of Fame baseball player who would hit a record .426 in 1901, is born in 1874:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=564912

    Born: Jesse James (1847); Jack Valenti (1921); Paul Volcker (1927); Michael Keaton (1951)

     

     Saturday, Sept. 6: 

      *  Pilgrims leave Plymouth, England in 1620 on the Mayflower

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=132397

    Born: Marquis de Lafayette (1757); Jane Addams (1860); Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (1887); Claire Chennault (1893); Jane Curtin (1947); Jeff Foxworthy (1958) 

     

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    Sunday, Sept. 7:

      *  Google founded in 1998.  This puts it in perspective with the 20th Century:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=249738

    Born: Queen Elizabeth I (1533); Grandma Moses (1860); Michael DeBakey (1908); David Packard (1912); James Van Allen (1914); Buddy Holly (1946) 

     

     

    Monday, Sept. 8:

      * Michelangelo's sculpture, David, is unveiled at Florence, Italy in 1504:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=536432

    Born: Antonín Dvořák (1841); Robert A. Taft (1889); Peter Sellers (1925); Patsy Cline (1932); Neko Case (1970)

     

    Tuesday, Sept. 9:

      * In 1947 on this day, a moth's death gives life to the term "computer bug".  The term was popularized by Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.  Other Hopper quotes:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=139969

    Born: William Bligh (1754);  Harland Sanders (1890); Joe Theismann (1949); Hugh Grant (1960)

    Wednesday, Sept. 10:

      * Jared Diamond, a biologist by training, and author of "Guns, Germs and Steel", born in 1937:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=515575

    Born: Arnold Palmer (1929); Charles Kuralt (1937); Stephen Jay Gould (1941); Colin Firth (1960)

     

    Thursday, Sept. 11:

     * Moutain Meadows Massacre in Utah occurs in 1857:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=360484

    Born: Carl Zeiss (1816); O. Henry (1862); D.H. Lawrence (1885); Paul "Bear" Bryant (1913); Brian de Palma (1940)

     

    Friday, Sept. 12:

      * in 1940, four teenagers disccover the Lascaux, France cave which has paintings by Cro Magnon man:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=165921

    Born: Henry Hudson (1575); Richard Gatling (1818); H.L. Mencken (1880); Alfred A. Knopf (1892); Maria Muldaur (1943)

     

    Saturday, Sept. 13:

      * The failure of the British to take Ft. McHenry (near Baltimore) in 1812 inspires Francis Scott Key to write the American national anthem to the tune of a drinking song:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=342399

    Born: Samuel Wilson (1766); Walter Reed (1851); Milton S. Hershey (1857); John J. Pershing (1860); Bill Monroe (1911); Roald Dahl (1916); Jacqueline Bisset (1944)

     

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    Sunday, Sept. 14:

      * The British Empire (including its American colonies) adopt the Gregorian calendar in 1752, skipping 11 days of early September:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=566356

    Born: Ivan Pavlov (1849); Margaret Sanger (1879); Jan Masaryk (1886); Hal B. Wallis (1899); Clayton Moore (1914); Larry Collins (1929); Amy Winehouse (1983)

     

    Monday, Sept. 15:

      *  Charles Darwin reaches the Galapagos Islands in 1835 aboard the HMS Beagle.  It would be another 24 years before he would publish 'The Origin of Species', outlining evolutionary theories.  A timeline and his opponents in the 19th Century:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=374387

    Born: William Howard Taft (1857); Ettore Bugatti (1881); Robert Benchley (1889); Agatha Christie (1890); Roy Acuff (1903);  Murray Gell-Mann (1929); Oliver Stone (1946)

     

     

    Tuesday, Sept. 16: Independence Day -- Mexico

      *  The first Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon is released by Warner Brothers in 1949.  Acme Manufacturing finds "a solution for every problem" -- almost:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=325404

    Born: Francis Parkman (1823); James C. Penney (1875); Karl Dönitz (1891); Allen Funt (1914); Lauren Bacall (1924); Charley Byrd, B.B. King (1925)

     

    Wednesday, Sept. 17:

      *  Birthday of two U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justices: John Rutledge (1739) and Warren Burger (1907):

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=426131

    Born: David Dunbar Buick (1854); William Carlos Williams (1883); Hank Williams (1923); Stirling Moss (1929); Ken Kesey (1935); Phil Jackson (1945); Baz Luhrmann (1962)

     

    Thursday, Sept. 18:

      *  Cornerstone for Capitol Building laid in Washington, DC by George Washington (1793).  It is promptly lost:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=730252

    Born: Samuel Johnson (1709); Leon Foucault (1819); Greta Garbo (1905); Lance Armstrong (1971)

     

     

    Friday, Sept. 19:

      *  Montgolfier brothers first test flight of a hot air balloon in 1783 with a sheep, a rooster and a duck aboard:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=201580

    Born: Leon Jaworski (1905); William Golding (1911); Roger Angell (1920); James Lipton (1926); David McCallum (1933); Bill Medley (1940); Jeremy Irons (1948)

     

     

    Saturday, Sept. 20:

      * First Cannes Film Festival held on this day in 1946 :

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=396645

    Born: Upton Sinclair (1878); Jelly Roll Morton (1885); Red Auerbach (1915); Jay Ward (1920); Sophia Loren (1934); Dale Chihuly (1941); Guy Lafleur (1951)

     

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    Sunday, Sept. 21:

      *  In 1897 the New York Sun publishes the letter, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus":

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=408871

    Born: Louis Joliet (1645); John MacAdam (1756); H. G. Wells (1866); Chuck Jones (1912); Leonard Cohen (1934); Henry Gibson (1935); Stephen King (1947)

     

    Monday, Sept. 22: Autumnal Equinox

    *  In 1959, air raid sirens go off at 10:30 p.m. citywide in Chicago, causing fear of a nuclear war.  Done to celebrate the White Sox winning the AL pennant, there are better locations for a celebration locally:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=242116

    Born: Michael Faraday (1791); Wilhelm Keitel (1882); Paul Muni (1895); John Houseman (1902); Joseph Valachi (1902); Tommy Lasorda (1927); Daniel Stern (1942); Joan Jett (1958)

     

    Tuesday, Sept. 23:

      * The first of Mack Sennett's "Keystone Cops" films released during the Silent Era in 1912:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=113179

    Born: Kublai Khan (1215); Robert Bosch (1861); Walter Lippmann (1889); Mickey Rooney (1920); John Coltrane (1926); Ray Charles (1930); Bruce Springsteen (1949)

     

    Wednesday, Sept. 24:

      * John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is born in 1755.  He would write the decision that established the principal of judicial review:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=23604

    Born: Arthur Guinness (1724); F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896); Jim Henson (1936); Lou Dobbs (1945); Phil Hartman (1948)

     

    Thursday, Sept. 25:

      * In 1789, the U.S. Congress passes 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, including the 10 in the "Bill of Rights":

    http://www.answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=314750

    Born: Fletcher Christian (1756); William Faulkner (1897); Mark Rothko (1903); Phil Rizzuto (1917); Barbara Walters (1929); Shel Silverstein (1930); Will Smith (1968)

     

    Friday, Sept. 26:

      * First televised presidential debate takes place at Chicago in 1960 between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=70414

    Born: "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman (1774); J. Frank Dobie, T.S. Eliot (1890); George Gershwin (1898)

     

    Saturday, Sept. 27:

      *  First Ford Model T rolls off production line in Detroit, MI in 1908.  It would contribute to dramatic growth in mobility -- which continues to this day:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=408470

    Born: Samuel Adams (1722); Thomas Nast (1840); Meat Loaf (1947); Gwyneth Paltrow (1972)

     

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    Sunday, Sept. 28:

      * In 1941 Ted Williams starts the day hitting .3995 and ends it with a .406 average.  But for rules changes, it would have been .411: 

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=37584

    Born: Confucius (551 BC); Thomas Crapper (1836); George Clemenceau (1841); Avery Brundage (1887); William S. Paley (1901); Al Capp (1909); Seymour Cray (1925)

     

    Monday, Sept. 29: Rosh Hashanah starts (sundown)

      * Willliam the Conqueror begins his invasion of England in 1066, an event that would change the direct of the English language and wipe out Old English:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=214586

    Born: Miguel de Cervantes (1547); Horatio Nelson (1758); Enrico Fermin (1901); Gene Autry (1907); Lech Walesa (1943); Bryant Gumbel (1948) 

     

    Tuesday, Sept. 30:

      *  Final score in 1971 for last game of the Washington Senators: Senators 7, Yankees 5.  But Washington loses:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=499432

     Born: William Wrigley, Jr. (1861); Hans Geiger (1882); Buddy Rich (1917); Truman Capote (1924); Monica Bellucci (1964); Martina Hingis (1980)

      

     

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