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September 23, 2017

On this day in 1995
"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio f/ L.V. was the #1 song.

1995 Average U.S. Prices

Bread: $0.79/loaf
Milk: $2.51/gal
Eggs: $1.46/doz
Car: $18,360
Gasoline: $1.21/gal
House: $158,700
Stamp: $0.32/ea

Average Income: $51,353/yr
Minimum Wage: $4.25/hr

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Actor (Pitch Perfect)/cartoon voicist (Wreck-It Ralph) Skylar Astin, 30.  Actress (Red State) Kaylee DeFer, 31.  Actor (The Daily Show) Hasan Minhaj, 32.  Actress (Vampires Suck) Anneliese Van der Pol, 33.  Model/TV personality (America’s Next Top Model)/actress (In the Bag) CariDee English, 33.  Actress (Echoes) Kate French, 33.  Actor (Meet the Browns) Brandon Richardson, 33.  Actor (Quantico) David Lim, 34.  Actress (One Tree Hill) Bevin Prince, 35.  Actress (The Devil Wears Prada) Alyssa Sutherland, 35.  Actress (Living with Fran) Misti Traya, 36.  Actress (One Small Hitch) Aubrey Dollar, 37.  Actress (Wonder Woman) Lisa Loven Kongsli, 38.  Actress (A Single Man) Keri Lynn Pratt, 39.  Model/actress (Snow White and the Huntsman) Liberty Ross, 39.  Actor (The Hurt Locker) Anthony Mackie, 39.  Actor (The Avengers) Warren Kole, 40.  Actress (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) Faune Chambers Watkins, 41.  Actress (The Wolf of Wall Street) Katarina Cas, 41.  Actor (Downton Abbey) Rob James-Collier, 41.  Actress (Gone in Sixty Seconds) Jaime Bergman, 42.  Writer/director/actor (The Lego Movie) Christopher Miller, 42.  Actor (Remember the Titans) Kip Pardue, 42.  Actor (The Ricky Gervais Show) Karl Pilkington, 45.  Singer/songwriter (Red Letter Year)/poet (Self Evident) Ani DiFranco, 47.  Actor (Casino Royale) Crispin Bonham-Carter, 48.  Actress (Law & Order: SVU) Jenna Stern, 50.  Actress (All of Us) LisaRaye McCoy, 51.  Actor (Doctor Dolittle) Erik Dellums, 53.  Actor (Angels & Demons) Cosimo Fusco, 55.  Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, 55.  Actor (Boston Public, The Terminal) Chi McBride, 56.  Actor (Living Single, The Hughleys) John Henton, 57.  Actor (Babylon 5, Demon Under Glass) Jason Carter, 57.  Actor (Seinfeld, Pretty Woman) Jason Alexander, 58.  Actress (What Dreams May Come, I Am Sam) Rosalind Chao, 60.  Actress (All My Children, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult) Rosalind Allen, 60.  Actress (Battlestar Galactica, Deadly Blessing) Maren Jensen, 61.  Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen, 68.  Actress (Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Being John Malkovich) Mary Kay Place, 70.  Actress (Gotham, Gossip Girl) Caroline Lagerfelt, 70.  Former Alice Cooper drummer/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neal Smith, 70.  Actor (The Donna Reed Show, General Hospital)/singer (My Dad) Paul Peterson, 72.  Singer (To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before w/ Willie Nelson) Julio Iglesias, 74.  Lovin’ Spoonful bassist (Summer In The City) Steve Boone, 74.  Former NFL head coach (Chargers, Chiefs, Redskins, Browns) Marty Schottenheimer, 74.  Actor (Green Acres, Benji) Tom Lester, 79.  Actor (General Hospital, Bedknobs and Broomsticks) John Ericson, 91.  Actress (Marnie, The Philadelphia Experiment) Louise Latham, 95.

Today's ODJA Birthday Babe

Kaylee DeFer

What a Day This Has Been

September 23, 1779…John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme in the Revolutionary War, famously responded to a taunt about surrender from a British captain, "I have not yet begun to fight!"

September 23, 1780…During the Revolutionary War, British spy John Andre was captured holding documents which revealed that Benedict Arnold was planning to surrender West Point, New York to the British.

September 23, 1806…After completing their exploration of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis to report their findings to President Thomas Jefferson.

September 23, 1845…Alexander Joy Cartwright formed the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York, the first baseball team in America.

September 23, 1846…The planet Neptune was discovered in collaboration by astronomers Johann Gottfried Galle, Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier, and John Couch Adams.

September 23, 1908…In Edmonton, the University of Alberta was founded.

September 23, 1939…Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in an assisted suicide while suffering from cancer at age 83.

September 23, 1950…"The Eddy Arnold Show" debuted on NBC Radio.

September 23, 1951…"Crusade for Freedom" was broadcast by CBS-TV in New York and was the first transcontinental telecast received on the U.S. west coast.

September 23, 1952…U.S. vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon gave his "Checkers Speech." Senator Nixon had been accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses. In a half-hour television address, he defended himself, attacked his opponents, and urged the audience to contact the Republican National Committee to tell it whether he should remain on the ticket. During the speech, he stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift: a black-and-white dog which was named Checkers by the Nixon children, thus giving the address its popular name.

September 23, 1952…At the Castle Studio in Nashville, Hank Williams recorded "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Take These Chains From My Heart," "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You," and "Kaw-Liga" at his last formal recording session.

September 23, 1952…A prizefight between Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott was seen in 49 theaters in 31 cities, the first pay-TV sporting event.

September 23, 1953…The Spaniels recorded "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight."

September 23, 1955…At Decca's Pythian Temple studio in New York City, Bill Haley And His Comets recorded "Burn That Candle."

September 23, 1956…Mickey Dolenz began his television career in NBC's "Circus Boy" series. He returned to TV ten years later as a member of the Monkees.

September 23, 1957…The Rays released the single "Silhouettes."

September 23, 1957…The guest performers on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand" were the Playmates.

September 23, 1958…At Gold Star Recording Studios in Hollywood, Ritchie Valens recorded "La Bamba."

September 23, 1958…At the Cosimo Recording Studio in New Orleans, Fats Domino recorded "Whole Lotta Loving."

September 23, 1961…Stevie Wonder auditioned for Motown Records.

September 23, 1962…New York's Philharmonic Hall, later renamed Avery Fisher Hall, opened as the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

September 23, 1962…"The Jetsons" premiered on ABC-TV, the first color program on the network.

September 23, 1963…At A&R Studios in New York City, Lesley Gore recorded "You Don't Own Me."

September 23, 1964…Marc Chagall's new ceiling painting was unveiled at the Paris Opera House.

September 23, 1964…"Shindig!" on ABC-TV featured performances by Johnny Rivers, the Righteous Brothers, Jody Miller, and Alan Sues.

September 23, 1965…ABC-TV's "Shindig!" featured Raquel Welch, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Yardbirds, the Pretty Things, Mike Clifford, and Billy Preston.

September 23, 1966…The Rolling Stones began a 12-date UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London with opening acts Ike & Tina Turner and the Yardbirds.

September 23, 1967…The Doors released their second  single, "People Are Strange."

September 23, 1967…The Strawberry Alarm Clock lip-synced "Incense and Peppermints," on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

September 23, 1968…The sitcom "Here's Lucy," starring Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, and Lucie Arnaz, began a six-season run on CBS-TV.

September 23, 1968…At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles recorded "Happiness Is A Warm Gun," originally called "Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand," the title inspired by the cover of a gun magazine that producer George Martin showed John Lennon. Jim Morrison of the Doors visited the Beatles in the studio and watched them record.

September 23, 1969…The London Daily Mirror reported that Paul McCartney was dead. It was the first time the rumor was printed in a mainstream newspaper. The hoax began to gain traction in the U.S. on October 12, 1969 when disc jockey Russ Gibb's listeners shared and discussed "clues to the death" on Detroit's WKNR-FM.

September 23, 1969…"Marcus Welby, MD," starring Robert Young, James Brolin, and Elena Verdugo, began its seven-season run on ABC-TV.

September 23, 1970…After a Rolling Stones concert in Paris, Mick Jagger met heiress Bianca Pérez Morena De Macías for the first time and began a courtship that led to their marriage in 1971.

September 23, 1971…Honey Cone's "Stick-Up" was certified Gold.

September 23, 1971…Actor (The Great Dictator, His Girl Friday, Anchors Aweigh, Destry Rides Again, Captains Courageous, A Night at the Opera, Paradise Alley, The Kissing Bandit, Sleepytime Gal, Scatterbrain, Block-Heads, Curly Top, Pack Up Your Troubles, The Music Box) Billy Gilbert died following a stroke at 77.

September 23, 1973…Argentine President Juan Perón was returned to power 18 years after he had been overthrown. His wife Eva Duarte was the subject of the musical "Evita."

September 23, 1973…The Roxy Theatre, a nightclub owned by Lou Adler on Sunset Strip in Hollywood, opened with Neil Young and his band the Santa Monica Flyers performing each night during the first week.

September 23, 1974…In Memphis, Elvis Presley went on a $100,000 shopping spree, buying six Lincoln Continentals and five Cadillacs which he distributed among his friends.

September 23, 1974…Comedian (The Hollywood Squares)/actor (Saturday Night in Apple Valley, Comin' Round the Mountain) Cliff Arquette, known to TV viewers as "Charlie Weaver," died after a stroke at 68.

September 23, 1974…Drummer (Pick Up The Pieces, Cut The Cake) Robbie McIntosh of the Average White Band died of a heroin overdose at the age of 24.

September 23, 1977…Cheryl Ladd replaced original cast member Farrah Fawcett on ABC-TV's "Charlie's Angels."

September 23, 1978…Foreigner released the single "Double Vision."

September 23, 1980…Bob Marley collapsed onstage at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh during what proved to be his final concert. He died of cancer the following May.

September 23, 1981…In the U.S., the Reagan administration announced plans for what became known as Radio Marti, a Miami-based operation to transmit Spanish radio broadcasts to Cuba. Its first day of operation, May 20, 1985, was chosen to commemorate the 83rd anniversary of Cuba's independence from American rule in 1902.

September 23, 1981…First Nations leader/actor (The Outlaw Josey Wales, Little Big Man, The Bears and I, Harry and Tonto, Spirit of the Wind, Nothing Personal, Cancel My Reservation) Chief Dan George died at 82.

September 23, 1982…Western movies actor (Heart of the Rio Grande, Lawless Code, The Rangers Ride, Song of the Drifter, Song of the Sierras, West of the Alamo)/singer (Slippin' Around, One Has My Name The Other Has My Heart, A Bushel And A Peck) Jimmy Wakely died of heart failure after contracting emphysema at age 68.

September 23, 1983…A bomb in the baggage hold exploded on Gulf Air flight 771 en route from Karachi, Pakistan to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, killing all 117 people on board.

September 23, 1986…Japan's Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone was quoted by Japanese newspapers as saying that minorities lowered the "intelligence level" of America.

September 23, 1986…The series "Matlock," starring Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holliday, and David Froman, began a nine-season run – first on NBC-TV, then on ABC-TV for its final three years.

September 23, 1987…Choreographer/Broadway and movie director (Cabaret, All That Jazz, Lenny, Sweet Charity) Bob Fosse died after a heart attack at the age of 60.

September 23, 1988…Jose Canseco became major league baseball's first player to steal 40 bases and hit 40 home runs in a season.

September 23, 1990…Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War" began airing on PBS as a television mini-series. Over its five-night run, it became the most-watched program ever to air on the network.

September 23, 1992…Singer Jackson Browne was accused of physical assault by his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah. Browne denied it and said a police investigation found no evidence of assault.

September 23, 1992…"Mad About You," starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, started the first of its seven seasons on NBC-TV.

September 23, 1993…The Israel-PLO accord was ratified by the Israeli parliament.

September 23, 1995…The three surviving 61-year-old sisters of the Dionne Quintuplets, Annette, Cécile and Yvonne, claimed in an interview that during their teenage years they were sexually abused by their late father.

September 23, 1996…In Sweden, ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog published her autobiography "As I Am."

September 23, 1996…Actors Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly married. They divorced the following year.

September 23, 1997…Elton John's single "Candle in the Wind 1997" was released in the U.S.

September 23, 1997…At Soldier Field in Chicago, the Rolling Stones began their "Bridges to Babylon" tour. They started the show with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and 2½ hours later closed it with "Brown Sugar."

September 23, 1998…Jamie Lee Curtis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

September 23, 1998…Elvis Presley was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tammy Wynette, George Morgan, and E.W. "Bud" Wendell were also enshrined.

September 23, 1998…Actress (Newhart, Days of Our Lives, Dance Til Dawn, Nashville Rebel) Mary Frann, who also acted under the name Jennifer Douglas, died of heart failure at 55.

September 23, 1999…NASA announced that the agency had lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter. It was later determined that the spacecraft had encountered Mars at an improperly low altitude, causing it to incorrectly enter the upper atmosphere and disintegrate.

September 23, 1999…Martial artist/actor Jean-Claude Van Damme was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a license after he crashed his car into a restaurant. In July 2000, he was given three years probation and fined $1,200.

September 23, 1999…Siegfried & Roy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

September 23, 2000…Syndicated newspaper columnist/former director of the U.S. Information Agency/U.S. Ambassador to Finland/Assistant Secretary of State Carl Rowan died of complications from diabetes at age 75.

September 23, 2002…The first public version of the Web browser Mozilla Firefox was released.

September 23, 2002…A spin-off of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," the police procedural series "CSI: Miami," starring David Caruso and Emily Procter, made its debut on CBS-TV.

September 23, 2003…Dave Matthews released his debut solo album "Some Devil."

September 23, 2003…"NCIS" starring Mark Harmon and David McCallum debuted on CBS-TV. Originally titled "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" in its first season, it was a spinoff of the series "JAG."

September 23, 2004…Hurricane Jeanne caused flooding in Haiti that left more than 3,000 people dead. Nearly 30 others perished in the Domincan Republic, Puerto Rico and Florida.

September 23, 2004…Country music singer (Long Long Texas Road, Three Hearts In A Tangle) Roy Drusky died of lung cancer at the age of 74.

September 23, 2004…Two years after suffering a stroke, veteran California radio host (KFMB, KGBS, KFWB, KNX) Bill Ballance died at the age of 85.

September 23, 2007…Lionel Richie was a guest voice on the season opener of Fox-TV's "The Simpsons."

September 23, 2007…"The War," a seven-part documentary TV mini-series by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick presenting a view of World War II from the American perspective, premiered on PBS.

September 23, 2009…Actress Mackenzie Phillips told Oprah Winfrey's TV audience that for more than a decade she had maintained a consensual sexual relationship with her late father, John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas. Phillips also revealed that her father introduced her to drugs at the age of 11.

September 23, 2009…Fourteen re-mastered Beatles albums and boxed sets sold more than 2.25 million copies during the first five days they were on sale in North America, Japan and the UK.

September 23, 2010…Nancy Wilson of the rock group Heart filed for divorce from her husband of 14 years, film director/screenwriter Cameron Crowe. The final decree was issued in December 2010. They have twin boys.

September 23, 2010…Ellen DeGeneres' wife, Portia de Rossi, had her last name legally changed to DeGeneres.

September 23, 2012…Veteran news reporter (NBC, CBC, CTV) Henry Champ died at the age of 75.

September 23, 2012…Sam Sniderman, founder of the Sam the Record Man music store in Toronto, died at 92.

September 23, 2013…A commemorative stamp honoring Ray Charles was issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

September 23, 2014…Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed it David Bowie Day in the city.

September 23, 2015…Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen chief executive officer, resigned after company stock value crashed when it was discovered that the carmaker had deliberately programmed nearly 500,000 of its vehicles to emit lower levels of harmful emissions in official tests.

September 23, 2016…At a mall in Burlington, Washington, 20-year-old Arcan Cetin of Oak Harbor, Washington entered the Macy's store with a rifle and fatally shot four women and one man before fleeing the scene. He was taken into custody the following day and charged with five counts of murder after confessing his crime.

September 23, 2016…A spokesman revealed that Monty Python actor/director Terry Jones had been diagnosed with a form of dementia that "affects his ability to communicate and is no longer able to give interviews."

September 23, 2016…Shawn Mendes released the album "Illuminate."

September 23, 2016…The Queen single "You're My Best Friend" was certified Platinum.

September 23, 2016…The Florida Georgia Line single "Anything Goes" was certified Platinum.

September 23, 2016…The Demi Lovato single "Cool For The Summer" was certified Platinum.

Enjoy your day!  Make it matter.