Today in 1871, the first roll of toilet paper was sold. And in case you’re curious which way the roll is supposed to go (over or under), the perforated TP patent application proves it’s DONE.
Today, in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was declared effective when Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the amendment. The amendment prohibits discrimination based on sex – in the voting booth.
Today in 1930, actor Lon Chaney, famous for his roles in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and ‘The Unholy Three’, died aged 47 of bronchial cancer. Some say it was caused by the toxic makeup he had to wear in his movies.
Today, in 1939, the first major league baseball games were televised on experimental station W2XBS. The game was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
Today, in 1947, Dan Bankhead became Major League Baseball’s first black pitcher. Often dubbed “the forgotten pitcher”, he and Jackie Robinson were also the first two African-American players to play in the World Series that same year. As for the legendary Satchel Paige, who was also a pitcher, he reached the majors in 1948.
Today, in 1957, the Ford Motor Company released the first Edsel automobiles. Ultimately, 110,847 of the cars were built before Ford pulled the plug, due to lack of sales and the negative press received about the “ugly car”. The car was named Edsel in honor of the son of the founder of the Ford company, Edsel Bryant Ford.
Today, in 1961, the International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto.
Today, in 1972, the Summer Olympics opened in Munich, West Germany. A few days later – on September 5, eight Palestinian terrorists burst into the Olympic Village – their target? Israel team. They killed two members of the Israeli team and took nine hostages. Ultimately, however, all nine Israeli hostages were killed, along with five of the terrorists and a policeman. In defiance of terrorists, the IOC ordered the resumption of competitions after a 34-hour break
Today in 1974, Charles Lindbergh, the first man to cross the Atlantic solo, non-stop, died at his home in Hawaii at the age of 72. He was buried the same day.
Now, in 1978, the Shroud of Turin, which was venerated as Christ’s burial cloth, went on public display for the first time in 45 years.
Now, in 1985, thirteen-year-old AIDS patient Ryan White began “taking” classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo, Indiana, through a phone jack in his home. School officials had banned Ryan from attending classes in person. The young man befriended in his last days with Elton John. Elton was so moved by Ryan’s plight that he established his Elton John AIDS Foundation in Ryan’s honor.
Today, in 1986, Jennifer Levin was found strangled in New York’s Central Park. In what became known as the “preppie murder” case, Robert Chambers eventually pleaded guilty. In April 1988, the tabloid television program “A Current Affair” aired a home video showing Chambers at a party while free on bail. He was shown in the video playing with four lingerie-clad girls, choking on his hands while making loud retching noises, and twisting a Barbie doll’s head, saying in falsetto : “My name is… Oops! I think I killed him.” Released in 2003 after serving his sentence, Chambers then found himself arrested more than once for drug trafficking – he was eventually convicted to a prison sentence and his first release date is January 25, 2024. Ironically, his drug conviction earned him a longer sentence than he did. received for Levin’s murder. He remains at the Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York.
Now, in 1989, “Playboy” magazine founder Hugh Hefner and former Playmate Kimberly Conrad went on their honeymoon after getting married. The couple separated in 1998 and finalized their divorce in 2010.
Today, in 1989, Trumbull, Connecticut’s Little League baseball team won the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania by defeating a team from Taiwan. Considered a major upset, these incredible kids also became the first American team since 1983 to win the title.
Today, in 1994, the movie “Natural Born Killers” was released.
Today, in 1996, the TV show “7th Heaven” debuted on the WB. With a network change, the show lasted until 2007 and although there was much talk over the following years of a reboot, it ended in 2014 – when Stephen Collins was revealed as pedophile.
Today, in 1996, Barbara Jewell, mother of security guard Richard Jewell, tearfully demanded that President Clinton clear her son’s name in connection with the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Jewell was later cleared by the Justice Department – and in 1997, then-Attorney General Janet Reno noted: ‘I think we owe him an apology.’ He never got that exactly, but in 2006 – the year before his death, Jewell was congratulated by Governor Sonny Perdue at a bombing anniversary event. Perdue offered, “That’s what I think is the right thing to do.”
Today, in 1998, Attorney General Janet Reno reopened the investigation into the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, focusing on two conspiracy allegations beyond convicted assassin James Earl Ray . The investigation later revealed that there was no conspiracy. Still, theories abound — and even his widow, Coretta Scott King, believed it — and spoke about it.
Today in 1999, “WWF Smackdown!” first on UPN.
Today, in 2003, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board released its final reports on the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Today in 2011, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s newest composite airliner, has been certified by EASA and FAA.
Now, in 2012, 15-year-old New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko became the youngest winner of an event on the LPGA Tour and the first amateur winner since 1969.
Today, in 2013, ALL of the 25,000 applicants to the University of Liberia have failed their college entrance exams. As to why… university officials said the applicants lacked enthusiasm and lacked a basic knowledge of English.
Today, in 2014, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo notified the World Health Organization of an outbreak of Ebola; later confirmed as a different strain from that affecting West Africa.
Today, in 2015, WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot live on television by a former colleague in Moneta, Virginia.
Today in 2016, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers knelt in protest during the national anthem at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego while playing against the San Diego Chargers, opposing the racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. He had done it once before, but this time… people started noticing.
Today in 2017, Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to a Category Three storm as it made landfall for the second time, the National Hurricane Center warned of a “multi-day rainfall disaster”.
Today in 2017, half a million people took part in a peace march in Barcelona, following terrorist attacks.
Now, in 2019, Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental organization, Earth Alliance, donated $5 million to fight the fires in the Amazon.
Today, in 2019, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay the state of Oklahoma $572 million in the first lawsuit against the opioid maker.
Today in 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks lost their NBA playoff game after shooting Jacob Blake, leading the NBA to postpone more games.
Today in 2021, two airport bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed at least 60 people, including 12 US soldiers, amid international efforts to evacuate citizens out of the country.