Sept-19: Presidents, Show Men and Mad Men

September 19th is marked by President Washington’s Farewell address (which was only printed, never delivered) and the death of President Garfield from an assassin’s bullet.  It is also marks the revocation of Charlie Chaplin’s re-entry permit by the U.S. government, the debut of Mary Tyler Moore,  Simon & Garfunkel’s historic concert in Central Park and the first cable show to win an Emmy award – Mad Men.

Mad Men can also be used to described the Unabomber, whose manifesto was published by the Washington Post and New York Times on this day.

1796

Washington’s Farewell Address

President  Washington’s farewell address printed in newspapers across the nation  A 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. . .

While it was never publicly delivered, every year it is commemorated and read into the record in Congress.

1881

President Garfield Dies from Gunshot Wounds

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

1952

Uncle Sam Bars the Tramp

220px-limelight4232A day after Charlie Chaplin boarded the QEII for London to attend the opening of his semi-autobiographic film, Limelight, U.S. Attorney General James P. McGranery (no doubt acting at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover) revoked Chaplin’s re-entry permit and stated that he would have to submit to an interview concerning his political views and moral behavior in order to re-enter the US.

See related post.

1970

Mary Tyler Moore Show Debuts

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.

1981

Simon & Garfunkel Reunion Concert in Central Park

The concert took place on Saturday, September 19, 1981, on the Great Lawn, the central open space of Central Park. The first spectators, many carrying chairs or picnic blankets, arrived at daybreak to secure a good spot. The Parks Department originally expected about 300,000 attendees. Although rain fell throughout the day and continued until the start of the concert,an estimated 500,000 audience members made this the seventh-largest concert attendance on record in the United States.

See full post here.

1985

Unabomber Manifesto Published

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

2008

AMC’s Mad Men becomes the first cable show to win an Emmy.  It would win 16 Emmy Awards including four for Outstanding Drama Series during its 7 season run.

2010

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


Observances

International Talk Like a Pirate Day


Birthdays

86

Adam West – actor

76

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

74

Freda Payne – singer

65

Jeremy Irons – Oscar-winning actor

49

 

Jim Abbott – baseball player

 

Historic

Cass Elliot (aka “Mama Cass”)

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

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