On Sept. 22, 1994, “Friends,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, premiered on NBC. The comedy series ran for 10 season, each of which was ranked in the Top 10 of the final TV season ratings.
Today is Sunday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2019 with 100 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include English chemist/physicist Michael Faraday in 1791; actor Allan “Rocky” Lane, B-movie cowboy star/TV voice of Mr. Ed, in 1909; co-founder of Amnesty International Eric Baker in 1920; baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Lemon in 1920; baseball Hall of Fame member Tommy Lasorda in 1927 (age 92); boxing champion Ingemar Johansson in 1932; basketball Hall of Fame member Lute Olson in 1934 (age 85); former NBA Commissioner David Stern in 1942 (age 77); singer Toni Basil in 1942 (age 77); actor Paul Le Mat in 1945 (age 74); singer Debby Boone in 1956 (age 63); singer Nick Cave in 1957 (age 62); singer Joan Jett in 1958 (age 61); tenor Andrea Bocelli in 1958 (age 61); television commentator Neil Cavuto in 1958 (age 61); actor Scott Baio in 1960 (age 59); actor Bonnie Hunt in 1961 (age 58); actor Catherine Oxenberg in 1961 (age 58); actor Ruth Jones in 1966 (age 53); rapper Mystikal, born Michael Lawrence Tyler, in 1970 (age 49); actor Billie Piper in 1982 (age 37); actor Tatiana Maslany in 1985 (age 34); actor Tom Felton in 1987 (age 32); actor Michael Rainey Jr. in 2000 (age 19).
On this date in history:
In 1776, the British hanged American Revolutionary War hero and patriot Nathan Hale. His famous last words were, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing some 3 million slaves.
In 1888, National Geographic began publishing.
In 1927, Jack Dempsey muffed a chance to regain the heavyweight championship when he knocked down Gene Tunney but failed to go to a neutral corner promptly, thereby delaying the referee’s count and giving the champ time to get up.
In 1949, the U.S. nuclear monopoly ended when the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a law giving the Peace Corps permanent status. He hailed it as a way for Americans to work for world peace and understanding.
In 1975, U.S. President Gerald Ford escaped a second assassination attempt in 17 days, this one by self-proclaimed revolutionary Sara Jane Moore, who tried to shoot him as he walked from a San Francisco hotel. Her shot, deflected by ex-Marine Oliver Sipple, a bystander who grabbed her arm, slightly wounded a man in the crowd. Moore served 32 years of a life prison sentence. She was released in 2007 at the age of 77. Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, convicted in a Sept. 5, 1975, assassination attempt in Sacramento, was paroled in 2009, at age 60, after 34 years in prison.
In 1980, long-standing border disputes and political turmoil in Iran prompted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to launch an invasion of Iran’s oil-producing province of Khuzestan, touching off an eight-year war.
In 1985, more than 50 rock and country stars, headed by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, staged the 14-hour Farm Aid concert for 78,000 rain-soaked spectators in Champaign, Ill., raising $10 million for debt-ridden U.S. farmers.
In 1989, Irving Berlin, whose long list of enduring songs include “God Bless America” and “White Christmas,” died in his sleep at his home in New York City at the age of 101.
In 1994, Friends, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, premiered on NBC. The comedy series ran for 10 season, each of which was ranked in the Top 10 of the final TV season ratings.
In 2005, the U.S. Senate judiciary committee voted 13-5 to recommend the nomination of John Roberts as chief justice of the United States, succeeding the late William Rehnquist. A week later, the full Senate confirmed the nomination.
In 2008, officials at China’s health ministry said nearly 53,000 children, most of them younger than 2 years old, had been sickened by milk powder tainted with an industrial chemical. At least four children died. Ten Asian and African nations, including Japan, temporarily banned Chinese dairy products.
In 2010, a Miami appeals court affirmed the adoption of two foster children by a gay couple, ruling Florida’s ban on same-sex adoption was unconstitutional.
In 2017, the U.S. Marine Corps announced that for the first time in its 250-year history, a woman will be joining its ranks as an infantry officer.
In 2018, a shooting described as a terror attack killed at least 24 people at a military parade in southern Iran.
A thought for the day: “It’s impossible to satisfy everyone, and I suggest we all stop trying.” — American actor Jennifer Aniston