Today is Sunday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2010. There are 103 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 19, 1960, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, angrily checked out of the Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management; Castro accepted an invitation to stay at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem.
On this date:
In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga.
In 1783, Jacques Etienne Montgolfier (zhahk ayt-YEHN’ mohn-gohl-fee-AY’) launched a duck, a sheep and a rooster aboard a hot-air balloon at Versailles (vehr-SY’) in France.
In 1796, President George Washington’s farewell address was published.
In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died 2 1/2 months after being shot by Charles Guiteau; Chester Alan Arthur became president.
In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr.
In 1945, Nazi radio propagandist William Joyce, known as “Lord Haw-Haw,” was convicted of treason and sentenced to death by a British court.
In 1957, the United States conducted its first contained underground nuclear test, code-named “Rainier,” in the Nevada desert.
In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, visiting Los Angeles, reacted angrily upon being told that, for security reasons, he wouldn’t get to visit Disneyland.
In 1970, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted on CBS-TV.
In 1985, the Mexico City area was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed at least 9,500 people.
Ten years ago: The Senate approved permanent normal trade status for China. The Romanian women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; Russia won the silver, China took the bronze, and the U.S. placed fourth. (However, in 2010, China was stripped of the bronze because a member of the team was found to have been underage; the honor went to the U.S.)
Five years ago: North Korea pledged to drop its nuclear weapons development and rejoin international arms treaties, but its leaders quickly backpedaled. In a statement aired on a pan-Arab TV station, Al-Qaida deputy Ayman al-Zawahri (AY’-muhn ahl-ZWAH’-ree) said his terror network had carried out the July 7 London bombings that killed 52 people. Former Tyco CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski was sentenced in New York to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison for looting the company of hundreds of millions of dollars; Tyco’s former finance chief, Mark Swartz, received the same sentence.
One year ago: Russia said it would scrap a plan to deploy missiles near Poland after Washington dumped a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe. Art Ferrante, 88, half of the piano duo Ferrante and Teicher, died in Longboat Key, Fla. (Lou Teicher had died in 2008 at age 83.)
Today’s Birthdays: Author Roger Angell is 90. TV host James Lipton (“Inside the Actors Studio”) is 84. Actress Rosemary Harris is 83. Baseball Hall of Famer Edwin “Duke” Snider is 84. Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown is 83. Actor Adam West is 80. Retired MLB All-Star Bob Turley is 80. Actor David McCallum is 77. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams is 70. Singer Bill Medley is 70. Singer Sylvia Tyson (Ian and Sylvia) is 70. Golfer Jane Blalock is 65. Singer David Bromberg is 65. Actor Randolph Mantooth is 65. Singer Freda Payne is 65. Rock singer-musician Lol Creme (10cc) is 63. Former NFL running back Larry Brown is 63. Actor Jeremy Irons is 62. Actress Twiggy Lawson is 61. TV personality Joan Lunden is 60. Singer-producer Daniel Lanois is 59. Actor Scott Colomby is 58. Musician-producer Nile Rodgers is 58. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Reggie Williams is 56. Singer-actor Rex Smith is 55. Actor Kevin Hooks is 52. Actress Carolyn McCormick is 51. Country singer Jeff Bates is 47. Country singer Trisha Yearwood is 46. Actress-comedian Cheri Oteri is 45. News anchor Soledad O’Brien is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Espraronza Griffin is 41. Actress Sanaa Lathan (suh-NAH’ LAY’-thun) is 39. Actress Stephanie J. Block is 38. Rock singer A. Jay Popoff (Lit) is 37. Comedian and TV talk show host Jimmy Fallon is 36. TV personality Carter Oosterhouse is 34. Actress-TV host Alison Sweeney is 34. Rock musician Ryan Dusick is 33. Actor Columbus Short is 28. Rapper Eamon is 27. Christian rock musician JD Frazier is 27. Actor Kevin Zegers is 26. Actress Danielle Panabaker is 23.
Thought for Today: “He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god; he is no part of a state.” — Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384 B.C.-322 B.C.)