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Births, Deaths, and Events for 18 September

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     This is day 262 of the year 2020.
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Thought For The Day

     "At 18, I was ashamed of how ignorant my father was. At 21, I was amazed at how much he had learned in three years."



1709   Dr. Samuel Johnson - writer (Boswell's tour guide)
1733   George Read - lawyer/signed Declaration of Independence
1779   Joseph Story - MA, US Supreme Court justice (1812-45)
1870   Clark Wissler - anthropologist (American Indian)
1905   Greta Garbo - Stockholm, Sweden (Ninotchka, Grand Hotel, Camille)
1905   Agnes De Mille - NYC, choreographer (Oklahoma)
1905   Claudette Colbert - Paris, actress (Lily Chauchoin, Arise My Love)
1905   Eddie "Rochester" Anderson - Oakland, CA, actor (Jack Benny Show)
1920   Jack Warden - Newark, NJ, actor (NYPD, Crazy Like a Fox, Norby)
1933   Robert Blake - Nutley, NJ, actor (Baretta, Little Rascals, Coast to Coast), defendant
1939   Fred Willard - Shaker Heights, OH, comedian, actor (Fernwood 2 Night, Real People, Best In Show)
1940   Frankie Avalon - Philadelphia, PA, actor (Beach movies)/singer (Venus)
1941   Mariangela Melato - Milan, Italy, actress (Flash Gordon, Summer Night)
1944   Charles Lacy Veach - Chicago, IL, astronaut (STS 39)
1955   Jeana Tomasino - Milwaukee, WI, playmate (November 1980)
1961   James Gandolfini - Westwood, NJ, actor ("Sopranos", The Last Castle)
1971   Jada Pinkett (Smith) - Baltimore, MD, actress (Matrix Revolution, Madagascar)



1949   Frank Morgan - actor (Annie Get Your Gun), dies at 59
1961   Dag Hammarskjold - UN Secretary General, dies in an air crash over the Congo
1970   Jimi Hendrix - rock guitarist, dies at 27 in London
1979   Gene Kelly - sportscaster (Sportsreel), dies at 60



   National Play-doh Day
1739   Treaty of Belgrade - Austria cedes Belgrade to Turks
1755   Fort Ticonderoga, NY, opens
1759   British capture Quebec during the French & Indian War
1769   Boston Gazette reports 1st US piano (a spinet)
1793   Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building
1810   Chile declares independence from Spain (National Day)
1830   A horse beats the 1st US made locomotive (near Baltimore)
1851   NY Times starts publishing, at 2¢ a copy
1882   Pacific Stock Exchange opens (as the Local Security Board)
1888   Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure "The Sign of Four" (BG)
1895   D.D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa, becomes 1st chiropractor
1895   Booker T. Washington delivers "Atlanta Compromise" address
1911   Britain's 1st twin-engine airplane (Short S.39) test flown
1914   Battle of Aisne ends with Germans beating French during WW I
1919   Hurricane tides 16 feet above normal drown 280 along Gulf Coast
1926   Hurricane hits Miami, kills 250
1927   Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air (16 radio stations)
1942   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation authorized for radio service
1945   1000 whites walk out of Gary, Indiana, schools to protest integration
1948   Ralph J. Bunche confirmed as acting UN mediator in Palestine
1957   Wagon Train premiers
1959   Vanguard 3 launched into Earth orbit
1962   Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica & Trinidad admitted (105th-108th) to the UN
1965   Get Smart premiers
1974   Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, 5,000 die
1975   Heiress/bank robber Patricia Campbell Hearst captured by FBI in San Francisco
1977   US Voyager I takes 1st space photograph of Earth & Moon together
1979   Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
1979   Steven Lachs, appointed California's 1st admittedly gay judge
1980   Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station
1982   Christian militia begin massacre of 600 Palestinians in Lebanon
1983   George Meegen completes 2,426d (19K mi) walk across Western Hemisphere
1984   Joe Kittinger completes 1st solo balloon crossing of Atlantic
1989   Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico
1990   A 500 lb 6' Hershey Kiss is displayed at 1 Times Square, NYC
1991   Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) lands



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