Today is Friday, September 22, 2017, the 265th day of the year with 100 days remaining. It’s the first day of Autumn! A patent was received by Italo Marchiony on this date in 1903 for a machine that could create 10 ice cream cones at once (!) pictured above...
- Sunrise: 6:58am
- Sunset: 7:06pm
...giving us 12 hours and 8 minutes of daylight. 2% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 9:21am.
Tides at the Golden Gate
- High: 1:32am/1:46pm
- Low: 7:15am/7:46pm
Special international celebrations today…
- Birthday of Princess Martha Louise - Norway
- Days of Liberation - Bulgaria
- Independence Day - Mali
- World Car-Free Day
- St. Maurice's Day, patron of knife grinders.
- St. Phocas' Day, patron of gardeners.
- American Business Women's Day
- National White Chocolate Day
- National Ice Cream Cone Day (see 1903 below)
- Bright Pink Lipstick Day
- Chainmail Day
- Dear Diary Day
- Elephant Appreciation Day
- Hobbit Day
- Love Note Day
On this day in…
1789 - The U.S. Congress authorized the office of Postmaster General.
1792 - The French Republic was proclaimed.
1862 - U.S. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.
1903 - Italo Marchiony was granted a patent for the ice cream cone.
1914 - Three British cruisers were sunk by one German submarine in the North Sea. 1,400 British sailors were killed. This event alerted the British to the effectiveness of the submarine.
1927 - In Chicago, IL, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight.
1949 - The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb successfully.
1955 - Commercial television began in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.
1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps.
1964 - "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debuted on NBC-TV.
1966 - The U.S. lunar probe Surveyor 2 crashed into the moon.
1969 - Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run.
1980 - A border conflict between Iran and Iraq developed into a full-scale war.
1988 - Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.
1990 - Saudi Arabia expelled most of the Yememin and Jordanian envoys in Riyadh. The Saudi accusations were unspecific.
1991 - An article in the London newspaper "The Mail" revealed that John Cairncross admitted to being the "fifth man" in the Soviet Union's British spy ring.
1992 - The U.N. General Assembly expelled Yugoslavia for its role in the war between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1994 - The U.S. upgraded its military control in Haiti.
1998 - The U.S. and Russia signed two agreements. One was to privatize Russia's nuclear program and the other was to stop plutonium stockpiles and nuclear scientists from leaving the country.
Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...
- Paul Muni 1895
- Allan 'Rocky' Lane 1901
- John Houseman 1902
- Martha Scott 1914
- Tommy Lasorda 1927 - Baseball manager
- Eugene Roche 1928
- Joni James (Joan Carmello Babbo) 1930
- Pat (Chiyoko) Suzuki 1930
- Harriet King 1935
- Ray Norton 1937
- Paul LeMat 1945
- King Sunny Ade 1946
- Mark Phillips 1948
- Harold Carmichael 1949
- David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) 1951
- Shari Belafonte-Harper 1954 - Actress
- Debby Boone 1956 - Singer
- June Forester (The Forester Sisters) 1956
- Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blond) 1957
- Nick Cave 1957 - Singer
- Lynn Herring 1958
- Andrea Bocelli 1958 - Opera singer
- Joan Jett 1960
- Robb Stone 1962
- Scott Baio 1961 - Actor ("Happy Days," "Joanie Loves Chachi")
- Catherine Oxenberg 1961 - Actress ("Dynasty")
- Bonnie Hunt 1964 - Actress
- Big Rube (Society of Soul) 1971
- Lawrence "Larry" Gilliard, Jr. 1971 - Actor (TV: "The Walking Dead")
- Mireille Enos 1975 - Actress ("The Killing," "Big Love")
- Ronaldo 1976 - Soccer player
- Katie Lowes 1982 - Actress ("Scandal")
- Tom Felton 1987 - Actor ("Harry Potter" movies)