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and Happy Birthday to Anna Perry.

Quote of the Day

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

— Mae West

Word of the Day

Martinet — A person who stresses a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods.

On this day — Sept. 14

2001 Pres. Bush declared a national emergency

Congress approved nearly $40 billion and gave Pres. Bush war powers ok. The number of hijackers involved in the Sept. 11 attacks was raised from 18 to 19 and their names were made public. Bush prayed with his Cabinet and attended services at Washington National Cathedral, then flew to New York, where he waded into the ruins of the World Trade Center and addressed rescue workers in a flag-waving, bullhorn-wielding show of resolve. Americans packed churches and clogged public squares on a day of remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

1985: ‘The Golden Girls’ make their

television debut

The popular American sitcom about four single and older women living together in a Miami, Florida house ran for six seasons on NBC. The main characters in the show were played by Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White, each of whom won the Emmys for their acting in the show. The series also won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series.

1959: First

man made object

successfully lands on the moon

Soviet space probe Luna 2 was also the first man-made spacecraft to land on any celestial object. It was launched on Sept. 12, 1959, and lost communications with Earth as it impacted the Moon’s surface east of Mare Serenitatis near the Aristides, Archimedes, and Autolycus craters.

1956: IBM 305 RAMAC is Released

The 350 RAMAC was the first computer with a disk drive and was primarily targeted towards business that did real-time transactions. RAMAC stood for Random Access Method of Accounting and Control. The RAMAC 350, which was one of the last vacuum tube computers manufactured by IBM, was replaced by the IBM 1401 in the early 1960s.


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