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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Today in History: September 15

Liverpool_manchester 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.

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