Howdy! Welcome to your weekend. On Saturday mornings we like to offer you a little “scroll down memory lane” with a look back on the pages of history and the events that happened on this day that are now written on those pages.
As you start your own day today, here are a few moments that lead us to this one.
Today is Saturday, September 19th, the 263rd day of the year. There are 104 days until the end of the year.
On this day:
In 1777, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga against the British.
In 1876, Melville Bissell patented the carpet sweeper.
In 1881, President James Garfield died of wounds inflicted by an assassin.
In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested and charged with the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson was named baseball’s Rookie of the Year.
In 1957, the U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert.
In 1958, Elvis Presley left the U.S. for Germany to serve with an Army unit.
In 1981, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a free concert in New York’s Central Park. The show was a benefit for the New York City parks.
In 1985, the first of two killer earthquakes hit Mexico City. The first registered eight-point-one on the Richter scale. The second, seven-point-five. Both quakes struck within a 24-hour period, killing nearly ten-thousand people.
In 1991, researchers discovered “The Iceman” in a glacier in the Alps. “The Iceman” is the most ancient human being ever found.
In 1994, the medical drama “ER” premiered on NBC.
In 1995, popcorn legend Orville Redenbacher died at the age of 88.
In 1996, IBM announced it would extend health benefits to the partners of its gay and lesbian employees.
In 2011, Dolores Hope, the widow of late entertainment Bob Hope, died on this date at the age of 102.
In 2014, Army veteran Omar Gonzalez jumps the White House fence and gets past security making it all the way into the East Room before being tackled. He was carrying a knife during the incident.
In 2017, while speaking at the United Nations President Trump promised to “totally destroy North Korea” if they threaten the U.S.
And those are some of the moments along the way and a trail of September 19th’s that have lead to this one. Here’s hoping that whatever events mark YOUR own personal day in history are good ones.
Stay well and have a great 9.19!
-The 715 Newsroom