Today is Saturday, September 25th, the 268th day of the year 2021. There are still 97 days in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On September 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female judge on the Supreme Court.
In 1513 the Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and saw the Pacific Ocean.
In 1789, the First United States Congress passed 12 constitutional amendments and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the changes became the Bill of Rights.)
In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed an act to establish Sequoia National Park.
In 1911 the groundbreaking ceremony for Fenway Park in Boston took place.
In 1919, after speaking in Pueblo, Colorado, President Woodrow Wilson collapsed while on a nationwide lecture tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles.
In 1956, the first transatlantic telephone cable was officially put into service with a three-way ceremonial talk between New York, Ottawa and London.
In 1957, nine black students who had to retire from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas because of the unruly white crowd, were escorted to class by members of the 101st Airborne Division.
In 1978, 144 people were killed when a Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 727 and a private plane collided over San Diego.
In 1992 NASA’s Mars Observer embarked on a $ 980 million mission to the Red Planet (the probe disappeared shortly before entering Mars’ orbit in August 1993).
In 1991, Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie died in Lyon, France, at the age of 77.
In 2015, House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced his resignation.
In 2018, Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and molesting a woman in his suburban Philadelphia home. (After nearly three years in prison, Cosby was released in June 2021 after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction.)
Ten years ago: Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer, two American hikers who had been detained in an Iranian prison for more than two years, said they had been detained for their nationality and not for their actions and were returning to the United States. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah first had women in local elections in 2015. Wangari Maathai, 71, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, died in Nairobi.
Five years ago: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met separately in New York with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and brought new foreign policy topics to each candidate on the eve of their first presidential debate. Golf legend Arnold Palmer, 87, has died in Pittsburgh. Jose Fernandez, 24, right-handed ace of the Miami Marlins, died in a boating accident with two friends off Miami Beach. Country singer Jean Shepard, a Grand Old Opry classic, died in Nashville at the age of 82.
A year ago: The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in the US Capitol and made history as the first woman honored in America. With coronavirus numbers soaring across France, officials said the French Open tennis tournament only admits 1,000 spectators a day. Governor Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida and banned local fines on those who refused to wear masks as he tried to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. The Mid-American Conference, the first major college football league to postpone its season because of the pandemic, is the last to re-enter, making it 10 out of 10 conferences that would be held this fall.
Today’s birthdays: Former radio journalist Barbara Walters is 92 years old. Folk singer Ian Tyson is 88 years old. Polka band leader Jimmy Sturr is 80 years old. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is 78 years old. Actor Josh Taylor is 78 years old. Actor Robert Walden is 78 years old. Actor-producer Michael Douglas is 77. Model Cheryl Tiegs is 74. Actress Mimi Kennedy is 73. Film director Pedro Almodovar is 72. Actor-director Anson Williams is 72. Actor Mark Hamill is 70. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo is 70th actor Colin Friels is 69 years old. Actor Michael Madsen is 63. Actress Heather Locklear is 60. Actress Aida Turturro is 59. Actress Tate Donovan is 58. TV personality Keely Shaye Smith is 58. Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy is 57. Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen is 56. Actor Jason Flemyng is 55. Actor Will Smith is 53. Actor Hal Sparks is 52. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is 52. Rock musician Mike Luce (Drowning Pool) is 50. Actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras is 48. Actress Clea DuVall is 44. Actor Robbie Jones is 44. Actor Joel David Moore is 44. Act or Chris Owen is 41. Rapper TI is 41. Actor Van Hansis is 40. Actor Lee Norris is 40. Actor / rapper Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino) is 38. Actor Zach Woods is 37. Actor Jordan Gavaris is 32. Olympic silver Medal figure skater Mao Asada is 31 years old. The actress Emmy Clarke is 30 years old.