Thursday, September 15, 2005
1830: The Liverpool & Manchester Railroad, the world’s first intercity steam-powered railroad, opens for business. The engine almost immediately runs over and kills a Liverpool MP who was standing on the track (left), making him the world’s first railway passenger fatality. (Photo: Wikipedia.)
1857: William Howard Taft (Cincinnati Law 1880), the first man to be both President and Chief Justice of the United States, and the first to throw out the first pitch of a baseball season, is born at Cincinnati, Ohio.
1949: The Lone Ranger, a hit on radio for the previous 16 years, debuts on the ABC Television Network.
1965: Wall Street lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas and his Hungarian wife Lisa take up residence in Hooterville, as the first episode of Green Acres appears on CBS.
1982: The first issue of the Gannett Co.’s USA Today is published. People sneer at the "McPaper," but it sells like, well, Big Macs.
1986: LA Law, which did more for law school recruiting than all the glossy brochures combined, debuts on NBC-TV.
1997: Elton John’s remake of Candle in the Wind (for the late Princess Diana) sells 600,000 copies in its first day.