Today’s Birthdays: Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel (EL’-ee vee-ZEHL’) is 86. Actress Angie Dickinson is 83. Singer Cissy Houston is 81. Singer Johnny Mathis is 79. Actor Len Cariou is 75. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 71. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is 69. Pop singer Sylvia Peterson (The Chiffons) is 68. Actor Vondie Curtis-Hall is 64. Actress Victoria Tennant is 64. Actor John Finn is 62. Rock musician John Lombardo is 62. Singer Deborah Allen is 61. Actor Calvin Levels is 60. Actor Barry Williams is 60. Singer Patrice Rushen is 60. Actress Fran Drescher is 57. Country singer Marty Stuart is 56. Actress Debrah Farentino is 55. Rock musician Bill Rieflin (R.E.M.) is 54. Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is 54. Actress Crystal Bernard is 53. Actor Eric Stoltz is 53. Rapper-producer Marley Marl is 52. Country singer Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery-Gentry) is 51. Rock singer Trey Anastasio is 50. Actress Monica Bellucci is 50. Rock musician Robby Takac (TAY’-kak) (Goo Goo Dolls) is 50. Actress Lisa Thornhill is 48. Actress Andrea Roth is 47. Actor Silas Weir Mitchell is 45. Actor Tony Hale is 44. Actress Jenna Elfman is 43. Actor Ashley Hamilton is 40. Actress Marion Cotillard (koh-tee-YAHR’) is 39. Actor Stark Sands is 36. Actor Mike Damus is 35. Tennis player Martina Hingis is 34. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu (moh-chee-AH’-noo) is 33. Actress Lacey Chabert (shuh-BEHR’) is 32. Actor Kieran Culkin is 32. Singer-rapper T-Pain is 30. h/t The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, September 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On September 30, 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned by the U.S. Navy.
On this date:
In 1399, England’s King Richard II was deposed by Parliament; he was succeeded by his cousin, Henry of Bolingbroke, who was crowned as King Henry IV.
In 1777, the Continental Congress forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces moved to York, Pennsylvania.
In 1791, Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” premiered in Vienna, Austria.
In 1846, Boston dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time as he extracted an ulcerated tooth from merchant Eben Frost.
In 1938, after co-signing the Munich Agreement allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said, “I believe it is peace for our time.
In 1939, the first college football game to be televised was shown on experimental station W2XBS in New York as Fordham University defeated Waynesburg College, 34-7.
In 1949, the Berlin Airlift came to an end.
In 1955, actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, California.
In 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was escorted by federal marshals to the campus of the University of Mississippi, where he enrolled for classes the next day; Meredith’s presence sparked rioting that claimed two lives. The National Farm Workers Association, founded by Cesar Chavez and a forerunner of the United Farm Workers, held its first meeting in Fresno, California.
In 1984, the mystery series “Murder, She Wrote,” starring Angela Lansbury, premiered on CBS.
In 1986, the U.S. released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Soviets released American journalist Nicholas Daniloff.
In 1997, France’s Roman Catholic Church apologized for its silence during the systematic persecution and deportation of Jews by the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry met at the University of Miami for their first presidential debate, with Kerry accusing Bush of a “colossal error in judgment” in ordering the invasion of Iraq and the president noting that Kerry had voted to authorize the military action. Bombs killed some three dozen children in Baghdad as U.S. troops handed out candy at a government-sponsored celebration. The House followed the Senate in decisively rejecting a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Vioxx, the heavily promoted arthritis drug, was pulled from the market by its maker after a study found it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Five years ago: A powerful earthquake rocked western Indonesia, killing 1,115 people. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Canadian circus tycoon Guy Laliberte (ghee lah-lee-behr-TAY’) and two crew mates lifted off from Kazakhstan, headed for the International Space Station.
One year ago: Pope Francis announced during a meeting with cardinals that he would canonize two of his most influential predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, the following spring. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored President Barack Obama during a White House meeting to keep punishing sanctions in place against Iran over its nuclear programs. h/t The Associated Press
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Lizabeth Scott is 93. Conductor Richard Bonynge is 84. Actress Anita Ekberg is 83. Writer-director Robert Benton is 82. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 79. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is 78. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is 72. Actor Ian McShane is 72. Jazz musician Jean-Luc Ponty is 72. Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa (lehk vah-WEN’-sah), the former president of Poland, is 71. Television-film composer Mike Post is 70. Actress Patricia Hodge is 68. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 66. Rock singer-musician Mark Farner is 66. Rock singer-musician Mike Pinera is 66. Country singer Alvin Crow is 64. Actor Drake Hogestyn is 61. Broadcast journalist Gwen Ifill is 59. Former child actor Ken Weatherwax (TV: “The Addams Family”) is 59. Olympic gold medal runner Sebastian Coe is 58. Singer Suzzy Roche (The Roches) is 58. Comedian-actor Andrew “Dice” Clay is 57. Rock singer John Payne (Asia) is 56. Actor Roger Bart is 52. Singer-musician Les Claypool is 51. Actress Jill Whelan is 48. Actor Luke Goss is 46. Rock musician Brad Smith (Blind Melon) is 46. Actress Erika Eleniak is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Devante Swing (Jodeci) is 45. Country singer Brad Cotter (TV: “Nashville Star”) is 44. Actress Emily Lloyd is 44. Actress Natasha Gregson Wagner is 44. Actress Rachel Cronin is 43. Country musician Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) is 41. Actor Alexis Cruz is 40. Actor Zachary Levi is 34. Country singer Katie McNeill (3 of Hearts) is 32. Rock musician Josh Farro is 27. Actor Doug Brochu is 24. Singer Phillip Phillips is 24. Actress Clara Mamet is 20. h/t The Associated Press
Today is Monday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2014. There are 93 days left in the year. h/t The Associated Press
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Brigitte Bardot is 80. Singer Ben E. King is 76. Actor Joel Higgins is 71. Actor Jeffrey Jones is 68. Singer Helen Shapiro is 68. Movie writer-director-actor John Sayles is 64. Rock musician George Lynch is 60. Zydeco singer-musician C.J. Chenier (sheh-NEER’) is 57. Actor Steve Hytner is 55. Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo (juh-NEEN’ guh-RAH’-fuh-loh) is 50. Country singer Matt King is 48. Actress Mira Sorvino is 47. TV personality Moon Zappa is 47. Actress-model Carre Otis is 46. Actress Naomi Watts is 46. Country singer Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town) is 45. Country musician Chuck Crawford is 41. Country singer Mandy Barnett is 39. Rapper Young Jeezy is 37. World Golf Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak is 37. Actor Peter Cambor is 36. Writer-producer-director-actor Bam Margera is 35. Actress Melissa Claire Egan is 33. Actress Jerrika Hinton is 33. Rock musician Daniel Platzman (Imagine Dragons) is 28. Actress Hilary Duff is 27. Actor Keir Gilchrist is 22. h/t The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2014. There are 94 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 28, 1787, the Congress of the Confederation voted to send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state legislatures for their approval.
On this date:
In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne.
In 1542, Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego.
In 1841, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow completed his poem “Excelsior.
In 1850, flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.
In 1914, the First Battle of the Aisne during World War I ended inconclusively.
In 1924, three U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle, having completed the first round-the-world trip by air in 175 days.
In 1939, during World War II, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a treaty calling for the partitioning of Poland, which the two countries had invaded.
In 1958, voters in the African country of Guinea overwhelmingly favored independence from France.
In 1964, comedian Harpo Marx, 75, died in Los Angeles.
In 1974, first lady Betty Ford underwent a mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, following discovery of a cancerous lump in her breast.
In 1989, deposed Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii at age 72.
In 1994, an Estonian ferry capsized and sank in the Baltic Sea with the loss of 852 lives.
Ten years ago: An earthquake measuring magnitude 6.0 rocked central California. Kidnappers in Iraq released two female Italian aid workers, Simona Torretta and Simona Pari, and five other hostages. Award-winning fashion designer Geoffrey Beene died in New York at age 77.
Five years ago: Iran tested its longest-range missiles and warned they could reach any place that threatened the country, including Israel, parts of Europe and U.S. military bases in the Mideast. Former Panamanian President Guillermo Endara, 73, who’d led his country to democracy after the U.S. invasion that toppled Gen. Manuel Noriega, died in Panama City.
One year ago: Locked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, House Republicans demanded a one-year delay in major parts of the nation’s new health care law and permanent repeal of a tax on medical devices as the price for preventing a partial government shutdown threatened for Oct. 1. (Senate Democrats rejected the plan and the White House said that “any member of the Republican Party who votes for this bill is voting for a shutdown.”) The Global Citizen Festival, highlighting world poverty, took place in New York’s Central Park. h/t The Associated Press
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Jayne Meadows is 95. Actress Kathleen Nolan is 81. Actor Wilford Brimley is 80. Actor Claude Jarman Jr. is 80. Author Barbara Howar is 80. World Golf Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth is 75. Singer-musician Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is 71. Rock singer Meat Loaf is 67. Actress Liz Torres is 67. Actor A Martinez is 66. Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is 65. Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is 64. Singer Shaun Cassidy is 56. Comedian Marc Maron is 51. Rock singer Stephan (STEE’-fan) Jenkins (Third Eye Blind) is 50. Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is 48. Actor Patrick Muldoon is 46. Singer Mark Calderon is 44. Actress Amanda Detmer is 43. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is 42. Rock singer Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down) is 36. Christian rock musician Grant Brandell (Underoath) is 33. Actress Anna Camp is 32. Rapper Lil’ Wayne is 32. Singer Avril Lavigne (AV’-rihl la-VEEN’) is 30. h/t The Associated Press