There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.
Thursday September 1st
1674: Regicide William Goffe, the Angel of Hadley, rallies the town against an Indian attack during King Philip’s War.
1764: Currency Act requires taxes in the American Colonies to be paid in hard currency.
1774: Boston Powder Alarm.
1795: James Gordon Bennett (TRAN 1795-1872) founder of the New York Herald.
1807: Circuit court in Richmond acquits Aaron Burr of treason.
1826: Alfred Ely Beach (GILD 1826-1896) patent attorney/publisher of Scientific American (1846-96) who built New York City’s first subway.
1859: Pullman sleeping car is introduced.
1859: Astronomer Richard Carrington discovers solar flares.
1864: Roger Casement (MISS 1864-1916) Anglo-Irish diplomat/nationalist executed for treason.
1865: Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery.
1868: Kin Hubbard (MISS 1868-1930) humorist Abe Martin of Brown County.
1875: Edgar Rice Burroughs (MISS 1875-1950) author Tarzan.
1878: Emma M. Nutt becomes the first female telephone operator.
1900: Don Wilson (GI 1900-82) announcer for the The Jack Benny Show.
1902: A Trip to the Moon is released.
1904: Hellen Keller graduates from Radcliffe.
1914: Last passenger pigeon dies at the Cincinnati Zoo.
1920: Richard Farnsworth (GI 1920-2000) actor Comes a Horseman (1978), Resurrection (1980), Ruckus (1981), The Grey Fox (1982), Misery (1990).
1932: New York City Mayor James “Gentleman Jimmy” Walker resigned following charges of graft and corruption.
1938: You Can’t Take It With You is released directed by Frank Capra, staring Jean Arthur and Lional Barrymore.
1939: Nazi Germany invades Poland, beginning WWII.
1939: The first Cannes Film Festival (September 1-20) is held in Venice.
1939: Lily Tomlin (SIL 1939- ) actress Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1969-73), Nashville (1975), 9 to 5 (1980), The Magic School Bus (1994-97).
1946: Start of the Hawaiian Democratic Revolution (1946-58).
1950: Phil McGraw (BOOM 1950- ) TV reality psychologist Dr. Phil (2002- ).
1957: Gloria Estefan (BOOM 1957- ) singer.
1961: The Soviet Union ends its moratorium on atomic bomb testing.
1972: American Bobby Fischer, in Reykjavík, Iceland, beats Russian Boris Spassky to become the first American world chess champion.
1983: Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner entered Soviet airspace.
1998: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is published.
2009: The Chimpanzee Genome Project publishes the decoded genome of a common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) in Nature.