September 19

1796

President  Washington’s farewell address printed in newspapers across the nation  An timely excerpt:

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another. . .

1881

President Garfield dies from gunshot wounds sustained in a Buffalo train station on July 2nd that year.

1893

New Zealand is first country to grant the vote to all women.

1957

First underground nuclear test conducted 65 miles north of Las Vegas.

1970

Mary Tyler  Moore show debuts on CBS.  The show, which was the first to feature a single career woman as the lead character, went on to win 29 Emmy Awards over 7 seasons.

1985

Unabomber manifesto published by the New York Times and Washington Post, ultimately leading to his identification by his brother and conviction.

2010

BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico  sealed..


Observances

International Talk Like a Pirate Day


Birthdays

87

James Lipton

83

Adam West – actor

73

Paul Williams – Oscar and Grammy winning composer whose string of hits including the following:

71

Freda Payne

70

Joe Morgan – Hall of Fame baseball player

65

Jeremy Irons – Oscar-winning actor

64

Twiggy – model, singer, actress

47

Soledad O’Brien – reporter

46

Jim Abbott – baseball player

39

Jimmy Fallon – actor

Historic

Cass Elliot (aka “Mama Cass”)

Leon Jaworski –  Watergate Special Prosecutor and founder of Fulbright & Jaworski.

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