What Happened on September 19


Historical Events

1862 – Battle at Iuka Mississippi (1,700 casualties)
1952 – “Adventures of Superman” TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US
1960 – Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
1996 – “Skylight” opens at Royale Theater NYC
2006 – Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
2022 – Scientists discover site of the Amazon’s tallest tree, an angelim vermelho at 88.5 meters (290 feet) tall and 9.9 meters (32 feet) wide, Iratapuru River Nature Reserve, northern Brazil,

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Famous Birthdays

1749 – Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician and astronomer (The History of Astronomy), born in Amiens, France (d. 1822)
1811 – Orson Pratt, American mathematician and religious leader, born in Hartford, New York (d. 1881)
1904 – Karen Aabye, Danish author (Less bedstemor there jomfru), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1982)
1921 – Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher (critical pedagogy), born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil (d. 1997)
1946 – Brian Henton, English racing driver, born in Castle Donington, Leicestershire
1967 – Kenny Smith, American bluegrass guitarist and vocalist (Lonesome River Band, 1996-2001), born in Nine Mile, Indiana

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Famous Deaths

1902 – Masaoka Shiki, Japanese haiku and tanka poet and diarist (Salt Water Ballads), dies at 34
1935 – Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian pioneer in rocket and space research, dies at 78
1993 – Richard Landau, American screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies at 79
1995 – Mr. Bo {Louis Collins], American electric blues guitarist and singer, dies at 63
2000 – Gloria Talbott, American film and television actress, sometimes known as “the Scream Queen” for her work in B-movies, dies of kidney failure at 69
2013 – Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), dies at 85

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