Do you remember the 21st Night of September?
Remember the true love we share today
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
Given that it's the 71st anniversary of the UN, it is criminal how not close to peace we are this year.
Two giants of animation sharing the same birthday:
September 21, 1912 -
Chuck Jones, animator and director of Warner Brothers cartoons Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, was born on this date.
Chuck was close friends with both, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Ray Bradbury.
September 21, 1920 -
Jay Ward, cartoonist (Rocky and his Friends, Bullwinkle), was born on this date.
Jay drove a sound-truck across the U.S. to gather signatures for a Statehood for Moosylvania campaign, and then tried to storm the White House with them, right at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
September 21, 1968 -
The police drama ADAM 12, premiered on NBC-TV on this date.
The dispatcher's voice on the program was that of Shaaron Claridge. Claridge was a real L.A. dispatcher. Producer Jack Webb thought that using a real dispatcher for the voice-overs would lend authenticity to the program.
September 21, 1957 -
Our favorite nipple rouge wearing actor, Raymond Burr, had another go at episodic TV when Perry Mason premiered on CBS-TV on this date.
In most episodes, the climactic courtroom scenes were not part of a trial, but a preliminary hearing (a proceeding in which the prosecution seeks to show that there is sufficient probable cause to bind the defendant over for trial). There was a practical reason for this; since there is no jury in a preliminary hearing, the show would save the cost of hiring 12 extras to play jurors.
September 21, 1975 -
Sidney Lumet's amazing film, Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino and John Cazale, premiered on this date.
The real bank robber (John Wojtowicz) had watched The Godfather to get ideas the day he robbed the Chase Manhattan bank. Both Al Pacino and John Cazale were in The Godfather.
September 21, 1993 -
The police drama NYPD Blue, premiered on ABC-TV on this date.
The exterior of the 9th Precinct station house is used to represent the fictional 15th Precinct's station house. It is the same building used to represent the station house on Kojak.
September 21, 2001 -
A benefit concert organized by the four major U.S. television networks in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, America: A Tribute to Heroes, aired on this date. The program was shown on 35 separate broadcast and cable networks simultaneously.
Done in the style of a telethon, it featured a number of national and international entertainers performing to raise money for the victims and their families, particularly but not limited to the New York City firefighters. The telethon raised $150 million in pledges.
Today in History:
September 21, 1327 -
Former King Edward II had a particularly painful end on this date.
It was rumored that Edward had been killed by the insertion of a piece of copper into his rectum (later a red-hot iron rod, as in the supposed murder of Edmund Ironside - King Edmund II was murdered in a lavatory; stabbed in the bowels when he sat down to relieve himself). Murder in this manner would have appeared a natural death, as a metal tube would have been inserted into the anus first, thus allowing the iron rod to penetrate the entrails without leaving a burn on the buttocks.
As I have said in the past, sometimes it is NOT good to be the king.
September 21, 1897 -
The New York Sun ran its famous editorial that answered a question from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon: "Is there a Santa Claus?"on this date.
Obviously, times were different back then given that The New York Sun was printing an editorial about Christmas in September.
September 21, 1915 -
With a winning bid of £6,600, Mr. Cecil Chubb purchases Stonehenge and 30 acres of land at auction. He donates the monument to the British state three years later.
September 21, 1937 -
George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. of London published the first edition of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit on this date. It was illustrated with many black-and-white drawings by Tolkien himself.
The original printing was only a 1,500 run and sold out by December due to enthusiastic reviews.
September 21, 1950 -
As I once said to one of my brothers, ‘This is your life, not a rehearsal.’ Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can. The human condition means that we can zone out and forget what the hell we’re doing. So the secret is to have a sense of yourself, your real self, your unique self. And not just once in a while, or once a day, but all through the day, the week and life. You know what they say: ‘Ain’t no try, ain’t nothing to it but to do it. - Bill Murray
William James Murray, one of the funniest sentient human beings was born on this date
September 21, 1975 -
Self-proclaimed revolutionary Sara Jane Moore attempted to kill President Gerald Ford as he walked from a San Francisco hotel on this date.
A bullet she fired slightly wounded a man in the crowd but once again President Ford walks away unscathed.
September 21, 1981 -
On August 19 1981, President Reagan, who had pledged during the 1980 presidential campaign to appoint the first woman to the Supreme Court, nominated Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, replacing the retiring Potter Stewart. Ms. O'Connor was confirmed by the Senate 99-0 on this date and took her seat September 25.
In her first year on the Court, O'Connor received over sixty thousand letters from the public, more than any other justice in history.
September 21, 1983 -
In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on this date, Interior Secretary James G. Watt jokingly described a special advisory panel as consisting of 'a black ... a woman, two Jews and a cripple.'
And so it goes.