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  1. 9/24/16

    1789 Congress passed the First Judiciary Act which provided for a U.S. attorney general and the Supreme Court. 1957 The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field. 1960 The Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched. 1969 The trial of the "Chicago Eight," radical antiwar and counterculture activists accused of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic convention, began. 1991 Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died at age 87. *****************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA******************************************************** 1996.................................The United States and the world's other major nuclear powers signed a treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons. Countries with Nuclear Weapons Capability Acknowledged: U.K., China, France, India, Pakistan, Russia, United States, Israel, North Korea1 Seeking: Syria, Iran2 Abandoned: South Africa constructed but then voluntarily dismantled six uranium bombs. Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine; when Soviet Union broke up, these former states possessed nuclear warheads that they have since given up and declared themselves non-nuclear weapon states. 1. North Korea tested its first nuclear device on October 9, 2006; a second test took place in 2009. The 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) recognizes five nuclear weapon states (France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) 2. In Aug. 2005, U.S. intelligence estimated that Iran would possess nuclear weapons in the next decade. In Jan. 2006, Iran announced its decision to restart nuclear research. Both Syria and Iran have undertaken questionable nuclear activities and been referred to the United Nations Security Council due to judgments of noncompliance with their IAEA safeguards agreements.
  2. 8/24/16

    Nationality British Born on 24 September 1961 AD Sun Sign Libra Born in Bromley father Geoffrey T. Dee mother Rosemary A. siblings Joanna Innes Dee, David Simon Innes Dee Spouse/Partner: Susan Jane Hetherington children Phoebe Jane Innes Dee, Charles Lionel Innes Dee, Hattie Jane Innes Dee, Miles Lionel Innes Dee education The Pilgrims' School Montgomery of Alamein School Frensham Heights School Peter Symonds' College awards: 1991 - British Comedy Award for Best Stage Newcomer 1997 - British Advertising Award 1997 - British Comedy Award for Best Stand-up Comedian Nicknamed ‘The Midget with the Widget' after he appeared in the advertising campaign for 'John Smith's Bitter', Jack Dee is known for his trademark deadpan humour, sarcasm and wit. He starred and co-wrote the successful British situational comedy series, ‘Lead Balloon'. He hosted the 'Jack Dee: Live at the Apollo', 'The Jack Dee Show', 'Jack Dee's Saturday Night' and 'Jack Dee's Happy Hour'. He was also the winner of the British reality show, ‘Celebrity Big Brother'. He initially wanted to go to college to study drama but dropped the idea after his mother insisted that he focus more on a vocation. He eventually took up a job in the catering industry as a waiter and it was during this phase that he became heavily addicted to alcohol and also met his future wife! After performing stand-up acts in various venues, Jack Dee finally got a big break in the world of comedy with his own show, 'The Jack Dee Show', which was aired on Channel 4. The show not only became a huge hit but cemented his position as a comedian and actor. He is the recipient of two British Comedy Awards. He is also the co-founder of the production house, ‘Open Mike Productions'. Trivia While this British comedian was part of the reality show, 'Celebrity Big Brother', he escaped for a brief period of time to share a kiss with his wife.
  3. 9/23/16

    1779 John Paul Jones declared "I have not yet begun to fight!" aboard the American warship Bonhomme Richard in the battle against the British man-of-war Serapis. 1806 After a three-year journey to the Pacific Northwest, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis. 1846 German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune. 1952 Vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon delivered his "Checkers speech" rebutting charges of improper campaign financing. 1973 Former Argentine president Juan Perón returned to power. 2011 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas officially requests a bid for statehood at the UN Security Council. **********************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA*************************************************** 1939.....................................Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London. psychoanalysis, name given by Sigmund Freud to a system of interpretation and therapeutic treatment of psychological disorders. Psychoanalysis began after Freud studied (1885–86) with the French neurologist J. M. Charcot in Paris and became convinced that hysteria was caused not by organic symptoms in the nervous system but by emotional disturbance. Later, in collaboration with Viennese physician Josef Breuer, Freud wrote two papers on hysteria (1893, 1895) that were the precursors of his vast body of psychoanalytic theory. Freud used his psychoanalytic method primarily to treat clients suffering from a variety of mild mental disorders classified until recently as neuroses (see neurosis). Freud was joined by an increasing number of students and physicians, among whom were C. G. Jung and Alfred Adler. Both made significant contributions, but by 1913 ceased to be identified with the main body of psychoanalysts because of theoretical disagreements with Freud's strong emphasis on sexual motivation. Other analysts, including Melanie Klein and Jacques Lacan, also have contributed greatly to the field. Psychoanalysis and its theoretical underpinnings have had an enormous influence on modern psychology and psychiatry and in fields as diverse as literary theory, anthropology, and film criticism.
  4. 9/23/16

    Nationality American Born on 23 September 1926 Sun Sign Virgo Born in Hamlet Died on 17 July 1967 place of death Long Island Spouse/Partner: Alice Coltrane children Ravi Coltrane Regarded as one of the most revolutionary and a widely imitated saxophonist in jazz music, John Coltrane carved a niche for himself in the world of jazz. Despite a relatively brief career spanning over just 12 years, he achieved more than what a normal human musician could ever dream of achieving. This is the reason why he was honoured with numerous awards posthumously. It was amazing to see the record companies, taking advantage of his fame, re-issuing his recordings. Despite of all these achievements, Coltrane was a controversial figure. He was a person who changed his style often over his career that created much confusion in the discography and appreciations of his playing. However, irrespective of the style, no one can question his devotion and commitment to jazz music and the significance of that music in the history of jazz. Though it is hard to find musicians who actually play in his style, he was a great inspiration for musicians to be innovative in their work and devote themselves to the art Coltrane’s former house ‘the John Coltrane House’ in Philadelphia was made a National Historic Landmark in 1999. His final home, ‘the John Coltrane Home’ in Dix Hills in New York, where he stayed until his death in 1967 was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places on 2007. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included John Coltrane in his list of 100 Greatest African Americans. Coltrane had a great influence on varied genres and musicians. His influence on Jazz and avant- garde continues even years after his death. He is one of the most significant influences on post-1960 Jazz saxophonists and his use of multi-tonic systems has become popular and is known as ‘Coltrane changes’.
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  6. 9/22/16

    1792 French First Republic formed by the National Convention, stripping French king of his powers 1972 Dictator Idi Amin expels 8,000 Asians from Uganda 1980 Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway 2011 CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light *****************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA******************************************************** 1692........................................ Last people hanged for witchcraft (8) in the US, 20 hanged overall during Salem witch trials The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. As a wave of hysteria spread throughout colonial Massachusetts, a special court convened in Salem to hear the cases; the first convicted witch, Bridget Bishop, was hanged that June. Eighteen others followed Bishop to Salem’s Gallows Hill, while some 150 more men, women and children were accused over the next several months. By September 1692, the hysteria had begun to abate and public opinion turned against the trials. Though the Massachusetts General Court later annulled guilty verdicts against accused witches and granted indemnities to their families, bitterness lingered in the community, and the painful legacy of the Salem witch trials would endure for centuries.
  7. 9/22/16

    Nationality British religion Presbyterianism Born on 22 September 1791 AD Sun Sign Virgo Born in Newington Butts Died on 25 August 1867 AD place of death Hampton Court Palace father James Faraday mother Margaret Hastwell Spouse/Partner: Sarah Barnard discoveries / inventions Electromagnetic Induction, Plane Of Polarization, Benzene Michael Faraday was one of the most prolific scientists of the 19th century. A British physicist and chemist, Faraday is best known for his discoveries of electromagnetic induction and the laws of electrolysis. His biggest breakthrough, however, came with his invention of the electric motor. Faraday is also credited with the invention of the most primitive form of Bunsen burner. Since the early days, the concept of energy, specifically force, interested Faraday the most. It was due to this early reading and experiments with the idea of force that he was able to make important discoveries in electricity later in life. Michael Faraday breathed his last on August 25, 1867 at his house at Hampton Court. He was buried in the dissenters' (non-Anglican) section of Highgate Cemetery, after turning down the burial in Westminster Abbey. Nevertheless, Faraday has a memorial plaque near Newton’s tomb. In order to pay tribute to the works of this great scientist, a statue of Faraday stands in the Savoy Place, London, outside the Institution of Engineering and Technology. London also houses a memorial in the memory of Faraday, which is situated at the Elephant & Castle gyratory system, near Faraday’s birthplace at Newington Butts. Designed by brutalist architect Rodney Gordon, the memorial commemorates Michael Faraday’s importance as a scientist. Walworth, London not only has a small park by the name Faraday Gardens, but also a school which is known as Michael Faraday Primary school. Located on Trinity Buoy Wharf is the Faraday School, where his workshop stands until today above the Chain and Buoy Store, alongside London's only lighthouse. South Bank University’s electrical engineering department is named the Faraday Wing, due to its proximity to Faraday’s birthplace in Newington Butts. While at the University of Edinburgh's science & engineering campus, an eight-story building is named after Faraday, at Brunel University a recently built hall of accommodation bears his name and so does the main engineering building at Swansea University, a hall at Loughborough University and the instructional and experimental physics building at Northern Illinois University. There are a number of streets in various countries and cities that have been named after this prolific scientist. From 1991 until 2001, Faraday’s picture featured on the reverse of Series E £20 banknotes issued by the Bank of England. The picture showcased him conducting a lecture at the Royal Institution with the magneto-electric spark apparatus.Faraday grabbed the 22nd position in the BBC's list of the 100 Greatest Britons, following a UK-wide vote, which was conducted in the year 2002.
  8. 9/21/16

    1776 Nathan Hale was hanged by the British as a spy during the Revolutionary War. 1789 Congress authorized the office of Postmaster-General. 1792 The French Republic was proclaimed. 1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, proposing to free all slaves of rebel states as of Jan. 1, 1863. 1980 The Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war. *********************************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA**************************************************** 1989...........................................Songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York City at age 101. Berlin, Irving (bərlĭnˈ) [key], 1888–1989, American songwriter, b. Russia. Berlin's surname was originally Baline. Of his nearly 1,000 songs, Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911) was his first outstanding hit. In 1918, while he was in the army, he wrote, produced, and acted in Yip, Yip, Yaphank, which he rewrote in 1942 as This Is the Army. Berlin wrote songs for several of the Ziegfeld Follies and the Music Box Revue (1921–24) as well as the Broadway musicals As Thousands Cheer (1933), Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Miss Liberty (1949), Call Me Madam (1950), and Mr. President (1962). He was the composer of numerous film scores, and several of his stage musicals were filmed. Among his best-known songs are "God Bless America,""Easter Parade,""White Christmas," and "There's No Business Like Show Business."
  9. 9/21/16

    Nationality American religion Roman Catholic Born on 21 September 1950 AD Sun Sign Virgo Born in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S. father Edward Joseph Murray II mother Lucille siblings Brian Doyle-Murray, John Murray, Joel Murray, Laura Murray, Andy Murray, Peggy Murray, Edward Murray III, Nancy Murray Spouses/Partners: Jennifer Butler (m. 1997–2008), Margaret Kelly (m. 1981–1996) children Homer (b.1982), Luke (b.1985), Caleb (b.1993), Jackson (b.1995), Cooper (b.1997), Lincoln (b.2001) Net worth $120 million awards: 1977 - Emmy Awards 2003 - Golden Globe Awards 2003 - BAFTA Awards 1998 - American Comedy Awards Bill Murray started his career in acting with comic roles, but later moved on to do dramatic roles. He is a golf enthusiast - he worked as a caddy in his formative years, and it was here that he developed a keen love for the game. He is also a baseball enthusiast. As a young man, he started on the wrong note, getting arrested for possession of cannabis. He took his life in the right direction when he and his brothers set out to act in the comedy ‘The Second City’. This was followed by roles in ‘Saturday Night Live’. His first successful movie was ‘Meatball”. It was followed by the cult classic ‘Caddyshack’ and box-office hits such as ‘Stripes’, and ‘Tootsie’. His most popular movie was ‘Ghostbusters’. He did dramatic roles in ‘Wild Things’, ‘Cradle Will Rock’, ‘Hamlet’, and in the 2001 critically acclaimed movie ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’. He provided the voice for cartoon characters such as Garfield and Mr. Badger in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’. He has no agents or managers and no entourage following him around. He is involved in providing affordable housing to low-income seniors through Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.), to which he has made a generous donation. Trivia This prominent actor was the M.C. for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival on July 28, 2007. He dressed in various guises of Clapton as he appeared through the years. This famous actor won the Pro-Am championship at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2011, when he played with tournament champion D. A. Points.