This Day in History

posted by Walt Perkins - 

Today is Tuesday, September 25th, the 268th day of the year.  There are 97 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1690, "Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic" became the first newspaper to be published in America.  Authorities considered the paper offensive and ordered publisher Benjamin Harris to stop publishing.

In 1789, the first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification.  Ten of the 12 were approved and became the Bill of Rights.

In 1926, Henry Ford announced the eight-hour, five-day work week.

In 1954, Elvis Presley made his first and only appearance at the "Grand Old Opry."  The future King of Rock and Roll sang "Blue Moon of Kentucky."  The performance was not well received and the booking agent suggested Elvis go back to driving a truck.

In 1957, nine black children were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The group had been forced to withdraw from class due to unruly white crowds.

In 1962, John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

In 1975, singer Jackie Wilson suffered a heart attack on stage in New Jersey and later slipped into a coma.  He died eight years later.

In 1979, the musical, "Evita," opened on Broadway.

In 1980, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died at the age 32.

In 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. 

In 1988, Billy Carter, brother of President Jimmy Carter, died at the age 51.

In 1993, a Florida judge ruled it was legal for 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley to divorce his parents.

In 2005, Emmy Award-winning actor Don Adams died at the age of 82.  Adams is best remembered for his role as bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart on the 1960s spy spoof "Get Smart."  He was also known for his voiceover work as the cartoon characters Inspector Gadget and Tennessee Tuxedo.

In 2012, crooner and TV personality Andy Williams died at the age of 84.  Williams is best remembered for his rendition of the song "Moon River."

In 2014, Derek Jeter [[ JEE-ter ]] played his last home game for the New York Yankees, in which he hit the game-winning RBI.

In 2015, Bruce Jenner formally changed her name to Caitlyn.  The 65-year-old starred in the  series "I Am Cait" after going public with her transition from male to female earlier this year.

In 2016, Golf legend Arnold Palmer died at the age of 87.  Known to many as "The King," Palmer captured seven major championships during his legendary career.

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