Category: This Day in History

September 24, 1976 — U.S. District Judge William Orrick sentenced newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. After 

September 23, 1911 — Pilot Earle Ovington makes the first official airmail delivery in America under the authority of the United States Post Office Department.

September 22, 1969 — Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants became the first baseball player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 home runs.

September 21, 1964 — The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world’s first Mach 3 bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.

September 20, 1970 — President Nixon’s aide, Charles W. Colson, stated in a memo to Chief of staff H.R. Haldeman: “(the networks) are very much afraid of us and

September 19, 1973 — Gram Parsons (26), rock band leader, died from a drug overdose at the Joshua Tree Inn, CA. His bands included The Byrds and

September 18, 1970 — Jimi Hendrix (27), rock star guitarist, died in London of a drug overdose.

September 17, 1965 — “The Smothers Brothers Show”, debuted on CBS TV.

September 16, 1920 — A bomb exploded outside the J.P. Morgan Building just across from the New York Stock Exchange on Wall St. Thirty-three in the lunch-time

September 15 

  • 1970 — President Nixon authorized a US-backed coup in Chile.
  • 1972 — Two former White House aides and five other men were indicted on charges of conspiracy in the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.