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On September 23 in
1806 The Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest.
1846 Neptune was identified as a planet by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.
1908 An apparent baserunning error by Fred Merkle of the New York Giants cost his team a victory against the Chicago Cubs and left the game tied 1-1. The Cubs won a rematch and with it, the National League pennant.
1957 Nine black students who'd entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.
1962 The Jetsons, an animated cartoon series about a Space Age family, premiered as the ABC television network's first color program.
2001 Thirteen coal miners were killed in explosions at the Blue Creek Mine Number 5 in Brookwood, Ala.
In The Star
Sept. 23, 1938, in The Star: J. Fred Gurley, chairman of the Calhoun County chapter of the American Red Cross, said today he had received authorization from national headquarters to accept contributions for disaster relief work in the Northeast region struck two days ago by a hurricane. The death toll from the rampaging water and wind is approaching 500. Also this date: High school and college football action are both on tap this weekend, starting tonight at Johnston Field at 7:30 when Anniston tangles with West End of Birmingham. Tomorrow night the Oxford Yellowjackets and the Alexandria Valley Cubs open their season in a game that’s also being played at Johnston Field [the article doesn’t explain why it’s there at not at the field of one of the teams]. Oxford coach Newt Godfree is somewhat hampered by the ineligibility of some key players, but knows he has a well-seasoned 164-lb. lineman at center by the name of Kenneth Adams. Starting its season tomorrow afternoon is the Alabama Crimson Tide, which kicks off against the University of Southern California; an advertisement urges the sports fan to buy his floor-model Zenith radio at Anniston Electric to hear all the action. [Alabama would win it, 19-7.]
Sept. 23, 1988, in The Star: Big bait helps catch big fish, and so the Calhoun County Economic Development Council has decided to buy a big piece of land in hopes of luring a big industry. In its biggest purchase ever, the EDC will spend some $1 million to buy 500 acres just north of U.S. 78 in the southeast corner of the county. “This is the property considered by General Motors for a plant back in 1974,” said EDC Chairman Gene Stedham. “It's also the site that Anheuser-Bush considered.” Neither of those firms decided to put a plant in Calhoun County, but negotiations with the beer company convinced EDC officials that they needed to have a big piece of land available to show interested prospects. “By not having a large site, you don't even get considered by the big companies looking for a place to put a big plant,” Stedham said. Also this date: Valerie Hill likes going to Anniston Middle School more than she liked going to Golden Springs Elementary School. Yesterday, her father rode the school bus and spent the day with her to find out why. “The last time I rode a bus to school was in 1972,” Terrell Bruce Hill of Montgomery Avenue in Anniston said while standing in the spacious, modern school library with his daughter at his side. Hill was among the parents who have visited the middle school this week as part of a parent visitation program. The visits will continue through the end of the month.
Birthdays for September 23
Actor Mickey Rooney is 93. Singer Julio Iglesias is 70. Actor Paul Petersen (The Donna Reed Show) is 68. Actress-singer Mary Kay Place is 66. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 64. Rock musician Leon Taylor (The Ventures) is 58. Actress Rosalind Chao is 56. Actor Jason Alexander is 54. Actress Elizabeth Pena is 54. Actor Chi McBride is 52. Singer Ani DiFranco is 43. Rock singer Sarah Bettens (K's Choice) is 41. Tennis player Melanie Oudin is 22.
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