September 17 in Pop Culture History

September 17 in Pop Culture History

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1849 – Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland.

1859 – Joshua Norton declared himself “Emperor of these United States” and subsequently “Protector of Mexico”, renaming himself Norton!

1895 – The second U.S. battleship, but first named after a state, the USS Maine was commissioned.

1908 – Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft crashed.

1947 – Jackie Robinson was named Rookie of Year by The Sporting News.

1964 – Bewitched premiered on ABC.

1965 – The Wild, Wild West and Hogan’s Heroes premiered on CBS.

1967 – Mission Impossible premiered on CBS.

1967 – The Doors appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and perform “Light My Fire”. Sullivan had requested that the line “Girl we couldn’t get much higher” be changed for the show, but Jim Morrison performed it the way it was written. The Doors never appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show again.

1972 – The first episode of M.A.S.H. aired on CBS.

1976 – NASA publicly unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California.

1978 – Battlestar Galactica premiered on ABC

1983 – Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America 1984.

1996- The O.J. Simpson civil trial began

2005 – #1 Hit September 17, 2005 – November 25, 2005: Kanye West featuring Jamie FoxxGold Digger

2009 – Archer premiered on FX

2009 – Community premiered on NBC

2011 – #1 Hit September 17, 2011 – November 11, 2011: AdeleSomeone Like You

2011 – The Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City