Any excuse to post a picture of Joey Heatherton is good with me, but today really is her birthday.
786: DURING "THE NIGHT OF THE THREE CALIPHS," HARUN AL-RASHID BECOMES THE ABBASID CALIPH UPON THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER AL-HADI.
"The Night of the Three Caliphs" sounds like a wonderful and mystical tale. But, in reality, it's nothing but a bunch of Arabs killing each other.
1164: EMPEROR SUTOKU OF JAPAN DIES.
I read this so fast that I thought it was the guy who invented the numbers puzzle.
1180: THE BATTLE OF ISHIBASHIYAMA IN JAPAN.
Ishibashiyama later pitched for the San Francisco Giants.
1682: BISHOP GORE SCHOOL, ONE OF THE OLDEST SCHOOLS IN WALES, IS FOUNDED.
Years later, the Al Gore School opens in Tennessee. Neither one of these schools had decent light bulbs.
1741: GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL COMPLETES HIS ORATORIO MESSIAH.
1752: THE BRITISH EMPIRE ADOPTS THE GREGORIAN CALENDAR, SKIPPING ELEVEN DAYS---THE PREVIOUS DAY WAS SEPTEMBER 2.
So, according to the Gregorian Calendar, 9/11 would never have happened.
1814: THE POEM 'DEFIANCE OF FORT MCHENRY' IS WRITTEN BY FRANCIS SCOTT KEY. THE POEM IS LATER USED AS THE LYRICS OF THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER.
Wave, brave...I get it. It's a rhyme.
1847: DURING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR, WINFIELD SCOTT CAPTURES MEXICO CITY.
I read this so fast that I thought it was about the fat weather guy from the Today Show.
1901: PRESIDENT WILLIAM MCKINLEY DIES AFTER AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON SEPTEMBER 6 AND IS SUCCEEDED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
It is officially now not an assassination attempt.
1914: ACTOR CLAYTON MOORE IS BORN.
1923: MIGUEL PRIMO DE RIVERA BECOMES DICTATOR OF SPAIN.
1936: HOLLYWOOD MOGUL IRVING THALBERG DIES.
At the age of 37. But, at least, they named an honorary Oscar after him.
1944: SINGER JOEY HEATHERTON IS BORN.
Well, now we know what the Merry Mailman was doing nine months before.
1948: GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK.
Do we know what the hell goes on in there? I mean, to me, it's nothing but an excuse for school field trips.
1957: FORMER BASEBALL STAR TIM WALLACH IS BORN.
In between all that baseball, how did he manage to run a men's clothing store?
1959: THE SOVIET PROBE LUNA 2 CRASHES ONTO THE MOON, BECOMING THE FIRST MAN-MADE OBJECT TO REACH IT.
So, Alice Kramden doesn't count?
1959: ACTRESS MARY CROSBY IS BORN.
And now we know what Bing was doing nine months before.
1964: ACTRESS FAITH FORD IS BORN.
Corky Sherwood! She smiled at me a couple of times on the Murphy Brown set. Being nice to the author will always get you a mention here.
1966: ACTRESS GERTRUDE BERG DIES.
So long, Mrs. Bloom.
1969: THE US SELECTIVE SERVICE SELECTS SEPTEMBER 14TH AS THE FIRST DRAFT LOTTERY DATE.
Just to be clear, this has nothing to do with the NFL.
1975: THE FIRST AMERICAN SAINT, ELIZABETH ANN SETON, IS CANONIZED BY POPE PAUL VI.
Before or after they started that college for really snotty girls.
1982: ACTRESS GRACE KELLY DIES.
She had a stroke while driving. If only Natalie Wood had one while drowning.
1984: ACTRESS JANET GAYNOR DIES.
A star is dead.
1987: THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS SET A RECORD FOR THE MOST HOME RUNS IN A SINGLE GAME, HITTING 10 OF THEM.
That's some bad pitching.
1994: THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON IS CANCELED BECAUSE OF A STRIKE.
That's one way to end a dismal New York Met season.
1996: DANCER JULIET PROWSE DIES.
Your father's version of Joey Heatherton.
2005: DIRECTOR ROBERT WISE DIES.
The hills are alive. He, however, is not.
2009: ACTOR HENRY GIBSON DIES.
Now he's pushing up those daisies he used to carry around on Laugh-In.
2009: ACTOR PATRICK SWAYZE DIES.
Little did he know when he was filming Ghost......
2015: 80 PEOPLE DIE IN A FLASH FLOOD IN UTAH.
I wonder how this was reported on TV. Flash! Flood!
Dinner last night: Brussels sprouts and fried egg salad at Red Hat in Irvington.