Sunday, September 18, 2005
1709: Writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson is born, the son of a poor bookseller, at Lichfield, Staffordshire.
1779: Joseph Story, one of America’s greatest jurists and legal writers, is born at Marblehead, Massachusetts. At 32, he’ll be the youngest person ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1851: Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones found a newspaper which they call the New York Times.
1857: U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Cleveland railroad lawyer Joseph Hessin Clarke is born at New Lisbon, Ohio.
1873: The preeminent Philadelphia banking firm of Jay Cooke & Co. collapses, triggering what will become the Panic of 1873.
1927: The upstart United Independent Broadcasters, a network of 47 stations, hits the airwaves to compete with the established National Broadcasting Co. The name will later be changed to “Columbia Broadcasting System” or “CBS.”