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home : extras : e-extras October 27, 2020

9/21/2020 2:03:00 PM
Today In History - September 21

Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1780 Benedict Arnold gives British Major Andre plans to West Point; in 1937 J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published; and in 1957 "Perry Mason" with Raymond Burr premieres on CBS-TV.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1192 - English king Richard I the Lion hearted, captured by Leopold V, Duke of Austria
  • 1621 - King James I of England gives Sir Alexander Sterling royal charter for colonization of Nova Scotia
  • 1776 - Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested
  • 1780 - Benedict Arnold gives British Major Andre plans to West Point
  • 1784 - 1st daily newspaper in America (Pennsylvania Packet & General Advertiser)
  • 1827 - According to Joseph Smith Jr., the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Joseph translated into The Book of Mormon
  • 1895 - 1st auto manufacturer opens-Duryea Motor Wagon Company
  • 1903 - 1st cowboy film "Kit Carson" premieres in US
  • 1928 - "My Weekly Reader" magazine made its debut
  • 1937 - J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published by George Allen and Unwin in London
  • 1950 - George Marshall sworn in as the 3rd Secretary of Defense of United States.
  • 1957 - "Perry Mason" with Raymond Burr premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1968 - Police drama "Adam-12" debuts on NBC
  • 1970 - "Monday Night Football" premieres on ABC - Browns 31, Jets 21
  • 1986 - Miami Dan Marino passes for 6 touchdowns vs NY Jets (51-45)
  • 1991 - USA Basketball announces "Dream Team" for the 1992 Olympics


1 - First Federal standard ad 300

Famous Birthdays

  • 1866 - H. G. Wells, English writer (War of the Worlds, Kipps), born in Bromley, Kent (d. 1946)
  • 1912 - Chuck Jones, animator (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck)
  • 1924 - Gail Russell, actress (Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931 - Larry Hagman, Fort Worth Texas, TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), (d. 2012)
  • 1947 - Stephen King, Portland, Maine, sci-fi/horror author (Carrie, Shining, Kujo)
  • 1950 - Bill Murray, Evanston Ill, Wilmette, Illinois, actor/comedian (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters)
  • 1960 - David James Elliott, actor (Seinfeld, Lt Harmon Rabb-Jag), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 - Faith Hill [Audrey Faith Perry], American country pop singer ("Breathe", "Cry"), born in Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • 1968 - Ricki Lake, actress (Hairspray), talk show host (Ricki), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 - Luke Wilson, American actor

Famous Weddings

  • 1945 - Publisher Malcolm Forbes (26) weds Roberta Remsen Laidlaw
  • 1996 - Supermodel Christie Brinkley marries for 4th time to Peter Cook
  • 1996 - Elder son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and magazine publisher John F. Kennedy Jr. (35) weds Caroline Bisset (30) at the wood-frame Brack Chapel of the First African Baptist Church in Cumberland Island, Georgia
  • 2013 - US billionaire investor and active supporter of liberal political causes George Soros (83) weds health care and education consultant Tamiko Bolton (42) at his estate in Bedford, New York
  • 2013 - Golden Globe-winning actor Andy Samberg (35) weds singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom (31) at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1995 - Actor and host Wayne Brady (23) divorces Diana Lasso after almost 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 19 BC - Virgil, Roman poet, dies at 50
  • 454 - Flavius Aetius, Roman general (Battle of the Catalaunian Plains), assassinated by Valentinian
  • 1576 - Girolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician, dies at 74
  • 1798 - George Read, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 65
  • 1904 - Chief Joseph, US Indian chief (Nez Perces), dies
  • 1974 - Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), dies of cancer at 53

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