On This Day in:
1812 – Napoleon defeated the Russian army of Alexander I at the battle of Borodino.
1813 – The nickname 'Uncle Sam' was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States in the New York's Troy Post.
1822 – Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.
1880 – George Ligowsky was granted a patent for his device that threw clay pigeons for trapshooters.
1888 – Edith Eleanor McLean became the first baby to be placed in an incubator.
1896 – A.H. Whiting won the first automobile race held on a racetrack. The race was held in Cranston, RI.
1901 – China and the Eight-Nation Alliance signed the Boxer Protocol ending the Boxer Rebellion (Boxer Uprising, Yihequan Movement).
1915 – Johnny Gruelle received a patent for his Raggedy Ann doll. (U.S. Patent D47789)
1921 – Margaret Gorman of Washington, DC, was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic City, NJ.
1927 – Philo T. Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using an image dissector.
1930 – The cartoon 'Blondie' made its first appearance in the comic strips.
1942 – During World War II, the Russian army counter attacked the German troops outside the city of Stalingrad.
1963 – The National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, OH.
1971 – 'The Beverly Hillbillies' was seen for the final time on CBS-TV.
1977 – The Panama Canal treaties were signed by U.S. President Carter and General Omar Torrijos Herrera. The treaties called for the U.S. to turn over control of the canal's waterway to Panama in the year 2000.
1979 – ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, made its debut on cable TV.
1983 – In Ireland, voters approved a constitutional ammendment that banned abortion.
1984 – American Express Co. issued the first of its Platinum charge cards.
1986 – Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins threw his 100th career touchdown pass, in only his 44th NFL game, which set a NFL record.
1986 – President Augusto Pinochet survived an assassination attempt made by guerrillas.
1986 – Desmond Tutu was the first black to be installed to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.
1987 – Erich Honecker became the first East German head of state to visit West Germany.
1989 – Legislation was approved by the U.S. Senate that prohibited discrimination against the handicapped in employment, public accommodations, transportation and communications.
1998 – Mark McGwire set a new major league baseball record for most homeruns hit in a single season. The previous record was
61 set in 1961 by Roger Maris.
1999 – Viacom Inc. announced that it had plans to buy CBS Corp.
2001 – Barry Bonds became the only the fifth player in major league baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a season.
Born on September 7th:
Elizabeth I 1533 – Queen of England Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses) 1860 Sonny Rollins 1930 – Jazz saxophonist Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley) 1936 – Singer Alfa Anderson (Brown Sugar) 1946 Gloria Gaynor 1949 – Singer Julie Kavner 1951 – Actress ('The Simpsons,' 'Rhoda') Chrissie Hynde 1951 – Singer (Pretenders) Corbin Bernsen 1954 – Actor ('L.A. Law')
“He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.’”
— Matthew 17:20 (ESV)