This Week in History

  September 14


1974: The song “I Shot the Sheriff,” sung by Eric Clapton, reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart. It was written by reggae singer Bob Marley.

1982: Former Hollywood star Grace Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaco, died one day after her car plunged off a cliff near Monte Carlo. She was 52.
2003: Estonia approves joining the European Union in a referendum.
2017: Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant, because of lupus, donated by her friend Francia Rais.


September 15


1857: William Howard Taft (27th president and 10th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1946: Born this day: Actor Tommy Lee Jones and movie director Oliver Stone.
2018: Archaeologists find the oldest-known brewery and remains of 13,000-year-old beer in Haifa cave, Israel, belonging to nomadic Natufian people.
2019: Norman Lear becomes the oldest person to win an Emmy at 97, in the variety special category for ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience”.


September 16


1857: The song “Jingle Bells” by James Pierpont was copyrighted under its original title, “One Horse Open Sleigh.” (The song, now considered a Christmastime perennial, was actually written by Pierpont for Thanksgiving.)

1919: The American Legion received a national charter from Congress.

1920: Dan Andersson, a Swedish author, died of cyanide poisoning while staying at Hotel Hellman in Stockholm. The hotel staff had failed to clear the room after using hydrogen cyanide to kill bed bugs.
2019: Guantánamo Bay is the world’s most expensive prison at US$13 million per prisoner according to investigation by “The New York Times”.


September 17


1983: Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America.
2015: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 2015 Northern Hemisphere summer hottest on record.
2019: Indonesia raises the female marriage age to 19, in line with males, to curb child marriage.


September 18


1851: The New York Times began publishing.

1870: Old Faithful Geyser was observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition to Yellowstone National Park.

1919: Fritz Pollard became the first African-American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros.

1970: Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, 27, died of a heroin overdose in London.

1977: Voyager I took the first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together.

2016: Earliest known fishooks at 23,000 years old discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan, findings published in PNAS journal.
2019: Indian government proposes a ban on e-cigarettes.


September 19


1468: Johanes Gutenburg, inventor of the printing press, died in Germany.

1881: 20th U.S. President James Abram Garfield died in Elberon, N.J., of a gunshot wound received July 2, 1881. (He became the second president to be assassinated. His assailant, a mentally ill man named Charles J. Guiteau, 40, was convicted of murder and hanged on June 30, 1882.)

1959: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was barred from visiting Disneyland due to security concerns.

1982: Computer scientist Scott Fahlman posted the first documented emoticons 🙂 and 🙁 on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System.

2003: Hurricane Isabel caused a rain of frog eggs in Berlin, Conn. The eggs came from North Carolina.
2019: North America has lost 3 billion birds (29%) since 1970 according to analysis published in “Science”.


September 20


1973: Billy Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match.

2005: Richard Sumner, a British artist suffering from schizophrenia, went into a remote section of Clocaenog Forest in Denbighshire, Wales, handcuffed himself to a tree and threw the keys out of his reach. His skeleton was discovered three years later. There were signs that he may have later changed his mind.
2019: Batman Day – 80th anniversary of the first Batman comic.



Do you see the world through rose-colored glasses?

Make your mark and see where it takes you. 

September 16- NATIONAL
Guacamole is made of avocados, which are well known for the health benefits related to their high vitamin content and healthy fats. 

We brought the music, you bring the moves!

Since the treat is so easy to make, it has become a staple favorite of millions of households in the U.S. 

September 19- TALK LIKE A
Created by two friends in 1995 as a joke, this day has become a beloved faux-holiday. 

This day brings Americans together over
our mutual love of democracy – or so we hope.