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.
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.
President Garfield Dies from Gunshot Wounds
President Garfield dies from gunshot wounds sustained in a Buffalo train station on July 2nd that year.
Uncle Sam Bars the Tramp
A 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.
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.
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.
Unabomber Manifesto Published
Unabomber manifesto published by the New York Times and Washington Post, ultimately leading to his identification by his brother and conviction.
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.
BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico sealed..
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Adam West – actor
Paul Williams – Oscar and Grammy winning composer whose string of hits including the following:
Freda Payne – singer
Jeremy Irons – Oscar-winning actor
Jim Abbott – baseball player
Cass Elliot (aka “Mama Cass”)
Watergate Special Prosecutor and founder of Fulbright & Jaworski.