History of 21 September

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History of 21 September

1931 – Britain went off the gold standard.

1931 – Japanese forces began occupying China’s northeast territory of Manchuria.

1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was first published.

1941 – “The Second Mrs. Burton” premiered to the entire CBS Radio Network.

1948 – Milton Berle debuted as the host of “The Texaco Star Theater” on NBC-TV. The show later became “The Milton Berle Show.” Berle was the regular host until 1967.

1948 – “Life With Luigi” debuted on CBS Radio.

1949 – Communist leaders proclaimed The People’s Republic of China.

1957 – “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.

1961 – Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.

1964 – Malta gained independence from Britain.

1966 – The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.

1970 – “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.

1973 – Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.

1981 – The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1981 – Belize gained full independence from Great Britain.

1982 – National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.

1982 – Amin Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was the brother of Bashir Gemayel who was the president-elect when he was assassinated.

1984 – General Motors and the United Auto Workers union reached an agreement that would end the previous six days of spot strikes.

1985 – North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.

1993 – Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.

1996 – The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.

1996 – John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, GA.

1999 – The Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.

2001 – America: A Tribute to Heroes is broadcast by over 35 network and cable channels, raising over $200 million for the victims of the September 11 attacks.

2001 – Ross Parker is murdered in Peterborough, England, by a gang of ten British Pakistani youths

2003 – The Galileo spacecraft is terminated by sending it into Jupiter’s atmosphere.

2012 – Three Egyptian militants open fire on a group of Israeli soldiers in a southern Israel cross-border attack.

2013 – Al-Shabaab Islamic militants attack the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya, killing at least 67 people.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Nicole Richie, American actress, fashion designer, and author
  • 1981 – Sarah Whatmore, English singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – Eduardo Azevedo, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1982 – Christos Tapoutos, Greek basketball player
  • 1982 – Rowan Vine, English footballer
  • 1983 – Ndiss Kaba Badji, Senegalese athlete
  • 1983 – Alex Bailey, British footballer
  • 1983 – Dwayne Barker, English rugby league player
  • 1983 – Sarah Rees Brennan, Irish writer
  • 1983 – Stipe Buljan, Croatian footballer
  • 1983 – John Castillo, Colombian footballer
  • 1983 – Fernando Cavenaghi, Argentine footballer
  • 1983 – Wagner Diniz, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 – Moustapha Djallit, Algerian footballer
  • 1983 – Francesco Dracone, Italian race car driver
  • 1983 – Scott Evans, American actor
  • 1983 – Anna Favella, Italian actress
  • 1983 – Éder Monteiro Fernandes, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 – Kristian Gidlund, Swedish drummer and journalist (d. 2013)
  • 1983 – Maggie Grace, American actress
  • 1983 – Bryan Willis Hamilton, American musician
  • 1983 – Liam Harrison, British rugby league player
  • 1983 – Cristian Hidalgo, Spanish footballer
  • 1983 – Greg Jennings, American football player
  • 1983 – Dorothea Kalpakidou, Greek discus thrower
  • 1983 – Derek Landri, American footballer
  • 1983 – C. S. Magaoay, an American researcher and activist
  • 1983 – Joseph Mazzello, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1983 – Anna Meares, Italian track cyclist
  • 1983 – Reggie Nelson, American footballer
  • 1983 – Mark Nerkowski, American soccer player
  • 1983 – Dênis Oliveira de Souza, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 – Rasmus Persson, Swedish radio personality
  • 1983 – Marcin Piekarski, Polish luger
  • 1983 – Rafael Marques Pinto, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 – Tori Polk, American athlete
  • 1983 – Miguel Potes Mina, Colombian footballer
  • 1983 – Javier Alejandro Rabbia, Argentine footballer
  • 1983 – Wakakirin Shinichi, Japanese sumo wrestler, and mixed martial artist
  • 1983 – Joana Soldado, Portuguese actress
  • 1983 – Ben Richardson, British cinematographer
  • 1983 – Asa Taccone, American musician
  • 1983 – Ronny Toma, Italian footballer
  • 1983 – Sanka Wijegunaratne, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1983 – Ycare, French singer-songwriter
  • 1984 – Ben Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer
  • 1984 – Wale, American rapper
  • 1985 – Justin Durant, American football player
  • 1986 – Faris Badwan, English singer-songwriter
  • 1986 – Lindsey Stirling, American violinist, and composer
  • 1987 – Jimmy Clausen, American football player
  • 1987 – Anthony Don, Australian rugby league player
  • 1987 – Marcelo Estigarribia, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1987 – Murilo Maccari, Brazilian footballer
  • 1987 – Ashley Paris, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Courtney Paris, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Michał Pazdan, Polish footballer
  • 1987 – Ivelisse Velez, Puerto Rican wrestler
  • 1988 – Doug Baldwin, American football player
  • 1988 – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani politician
  • 1989 – Jason Derulo, American singer-songwriter
  • 1989 – Sandor Earl, Australian rugby league player
  • 1989 – Emma Watkins, Australian singer, and actress
  • 1990 – Al-Farouq Aminu, American basketball player
  • 1990 – Danny Batth, English footballer
  • 1990 – Rob Cross, English darts player
  • 1990 – Ivan Dorschner, American-Filipino model, and actor
  • 1990 – Sam Kasiano, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1991 – Anastassia Kovalenko, Estonian motorcycle racer
  • 1992 – Kim Jong-Dae, South Korean singer-songwriter
  • 1992 – Rodrigo Godínez, Mexican footballer
  • 1993 – Kwon Mina, South Korean singer, and actress
  • 1993 – Derik Osede, Spanish footballer
  • 1993 – Ante Rebic, Croatian footballer
  • 1998 – Máscara de Bronce, Mexican wrestler
  • 1999 – Wang Junkai, Chinese singer
  • 1999 – Alexander Isak, Eritrean-Swedish professional footballer