Friday 18 September 2020 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days
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Holidays and observances
- 2001 – First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
- 1997 – United States media magnate Ted Turner donates US$1 billion to the United Nations.
- 1984 – Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic.
- 1977 – Voyager I takes first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together.
- 1948 – Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate without completing another senator's term, when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten.
- 1947 – The National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency are established in the United States under the National Security Act.
- 1947 – The United States Air Force becomes an independent branch of the United States Armed Forces.
- 1928 – Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel.
- 1919 – Fritz Pollard becomes the first African American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros.
- 1851 – First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times.
- 1837 – Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The store is called a "stationery and fancy goods emporium".
- 1810 – First Government Junta in Chile. Though supposed to rule only in the absence of the king, it is in fact the first step towards independence from Spain, and is commemorated as such.
- 1793 – The first cornerstone of the Capitol building is laid by George Washington.
- 1714 – George I, the first Hanoverian king, arrives in Great Britain after becoming king on August 1st.
- 1618 – The twelfth Baktun in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar begins.
- 1998 – Christian Pulisic, American soccer player. Christian Mate Pulisic (/ˈmɑːteɪ pəˈlɪsɪk/; Croatian pronunciation: ; born September 18, 1998) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a winger or an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the United States national team.
- 1985 – Tarah Gieger, Puerto Rican-American motocross racer. Tarah Gieger (born September 18, 1985 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican female professional motocross racer.
- 1984 – Anthony Gonzalez, American football player. A member of the Republican Party, he has been serving as the U.S.
- 1984 – Dashon Goldson, American football player. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Falcons.
- 1981 – Jennifer Tisdale, American actress and singer. Jennifer Kelly Tisdale (born September 18, 1981) is an American actress and singer who is known for her role as Chelsea in the comedy film Bring It On: In It to Win It.
- 1980 – Jonathan Biss, American pianist and educator. He is the co-artistic director (with Mitsuko Uchida) of the Marlboro Music Festival.
- 1975 – Jason Sudeikis, American actor and comedian. In 2003, Sudeikis was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live and starred as a cast member from 2005 to 2013.
- 1974 – Xzibit, American rapper, actor, and television host. Alvin Nathaniel Joiner (born September 18, 1974), better known by his stage name Xzibit (pronounced "Exhibit"), is an American rapper, actor and broadcaster.
- 1973 – James Marsden, American actor. He gained prominence with his portrayal of Scott Summers / Cyclops in the X-Men film series and starred in 2006's Superman Returns.
- 1973 – Mark Shuttleworth, South African-English businessman, founded Canonical Ltd. Mark Richard Shuttleworth (born 18 September 1973) is a South African and British entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd., the company behind the development of the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system.
- 1971 – Jada Pinkett Smith, American actress. Jada Pinkett Smith (/ˈdʒeɪdə ˈpɪŋkɪt/; born September 18, 1971) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, comedian, screenwriter and businesswoman.
- 1971 – Lance Armstrong, American cyclist and activist, founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson; September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist.
- 1970 – Aisha Tyler, American actress, television host, and author. Tara Lewis in Criminal Minds, Mother Nature in the Santa Clause films and voicing Lana Kane in Archer as well as recurring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup and Friends.
- 1969 – Cappadonna, American rapper. He is a member of the hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan and is a member of the rap group Theodore Unit together with Ghostface Killah.
- 1966 – Tom Chorske, American ice hockey player and sportscaster. Thomas Patrick Chorske (born September 18, 1966) is an American retired professional ice hockey player.
- 1964 – Holly Robinson Peete, American actress and singer. Cooper, and Dr.
- 1963 – Dan Povenmire, American animator. Daniel Kingsley Povenmire (/ˈpɒvənmaɪər/; born September 18, 1963) is an American television director, writer, producer, storyboard artist and voice actor associated with several animated television series.
- 1962 – Boris Said, American race car driver. His NASCAR career began in 1995 as a "road course ringer" primarily due to his extensive road-racing experience.
- 1961 – James Gandolfini, American actor and producer (d. 2013), was an American actor and producer best known for his role as Tony Soprano, the Italian-American crime boss in HBO's television series The Sopranos, for which he won three Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one Golden Globe Award. Gandolfini's performance as Tony Soprano is widely regarded as among the greatest performances in television history.
- 1961 – Konstantin Kakanias, Greek-American painter and illustrator. Throughout his career Kakanias has created drawings, paintings, sculptures, performances, ceramics and books.
- 1960 – Stephen Flaherty, American composer. They are best known for writing the Broadway musicals Ragtime, which was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and won the Tony for Best Original Score; Once On This Island, which won the Tony Award for Best Revival Of A Musical, the Olivier Award for London's Best Musical, and was nominated for a Grammy Award and eight Tony Awards; and Seussical, which was nominated for a Grammy and is now one of the most performed shows in America.
- 1959 – Mark Romanek, American director and screenwriter. Mark Romanek (born September 18, 1959) is an American filmmaker whose directing work includes feature films, television, music videos and commercials.
- 1959 – Ryne Sandberg, American baseball player, coach, and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs for sixteen years (1981–1994 and 1996–97).
- 1956 – Chris Hedges, American journalist and author. Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American journalist, Presbyterian minister, and visiting Princeton University lecturer.
- 1955 – Keith Morris, American singer-songwriter. Keith Morris (born September 18, 1955) is an American singer and songwriter known for his role as frontman of the hardcore punk bands Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Off!.
- 1954 – Dennis Johnson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2007), was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics and coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. He was an alumnus of Dominguez High School, Los Angeles Harbor College and Pepperdine University.
- 1954 – Steven Pinker, Canadian-American psychologist, linguist, and author. He is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.
- 1954 – Tommy Tuberville, American football player and coach. Tuberville served as the head football coach at the University of Mississippi from 1995 to 1998, Auburn University from 1999 until 2008, Texas Tech University from 2010 to 2012 and University of Cincinnati from 2013 to 2016.
- 1953 – Carl Jackson, American singer-songwriter and producer. Carl Eugene Jackson (born September 18, 1953) is an American country and bluegrass musician.
- 1953 – John McGlinn, American conductor and historian (d. 2009), was an American conductor and musical theatre archivist. He was one of the principal proponents of authentic studio cast recordings of Broadway musicals, using original orchestrations and vocal arrangements.
- 1952 – Rick Pitino, American basketball player and coach. Richard Andrew Pitino (born September 18, 1952) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and EuroLeague.
- 1951 – Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon and author. Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American politician, author and former neurosurgeon serving as the 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since 2017, under the Trump Administration.
- 1951 – Darryl Stingley, American football player and scout (d. 2007), was an American professional football player, a wide receiver whose career was ended at age 26 by an on-field spinal cord injury. He played his entire five-year career with the New England Patriots of the National Football League, and died from heart disease and pneumonia complicated by quadriplegia.
- 1951 – Dee Dee Ramone, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2002), was an American musician, singer, rapper, and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, bassist and occasional lead vocalist for the punk rock band the Ramones.
- 1950 – Anna Deavere Smith, American actress and playwright. Nancy McNally in The West Wing (2000–06), hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009–15), and as U.S.
- 1949 – Jim McCrery, American lawyer and politician. James Otis McCrery III (born September 18, 1949) is an American lawyer, politician and lobbyist who served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1988 to 2009.
- 1949 – Kerry Livgren, American guitarist and songwriter. Kerry Allen Livgren (born September 18, 1949) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as one of the founding members and primary songwriters for the 1970s progressive rock band Kansas.
- 1948 – Ken Brett, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2003), was an American Major League Baseball pitcher and the second of four Brett brothers who played professional baseball, the most notable being the youngest, George Brett. Ken played for 10 teams in his 14-year MLB career.
- 1948 – Lynn Abbey, American computer programmer and author. Marilyn Lorraine "Lynn" Abbey (born September 18, 1948) is an American computer programmer and author.
- 1947 – Drew Gilpin Faust, American historian and academic, was the 28th President of Harvard University, the first woman to serve in that role. Faust is the former dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; she is Harvard's first president since 1672 without an undergraduate or graduate degree from Harvard and the first to have been raised in the South.
- 1947 – Giancarlo Minardi, Italian businessman, founded the Minardi Racing Team. Giancarlo Minardi (born 18 September 1947) is the founder and former Managing Director of the now-defunct Minardi Formula One team.
- 1946 – Otis Sistrunk, American football player and wrestler. Otis Sistrunk (born September 18, 1946 in Columbus, Georgia) is a former professional football player who played seven seasons as a defensive lineman, from 1972 to 1978.
- 1945 – John McAfee, Scottish-American computer programmer, founded McAfee. McAfee Associates achieved early success as the creators of McAfee, the first commercial antivirus software, and the business now produces a range of enterprise security software.
- 1945 – P. F. Sloan, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2015). F. "Flip" Sloan (born Philip Gary Schlein; September 18, 1945 – November 15, 2015) was an American pop-rock singer and songwriter.
- 1944 – Charles L. Veach, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1995), was a USAF fighter pilot and NASA astronaut.
- 1940 – Frankie Avalon, American singer and actor. Frankie Avalon (born Francis Thomas Avallone; September 18, 1940) is an American actor, singer, and former teen idol.
- 1939 – Fred Willard, American actor and comedian. He is best known for his roles in the Rob Reiner mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap; the Christopher Guest mockumentary films Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots; and the Anchorman films.
- 1939 – Gerry Harvey, Australian businessman, co-founded Harvey Norman. Gerry Harvey (born 18 September 1939 in Springwood, New South Wales) is an Australian entrepreneur best known for being the executive chairman of Harvey Norman Holdings, a company which runs Australian retail chain Harvey Norman.
- 1938 – Billy Robinson, English-American wrestler and trainer (d. 2014), was a British professional wrestler, author and catch wrestling instructor. Robinson was well known in Japan where he trained mixed martial arts fighters in catch wrestling.
- 1933 – Mark di Suvero, Italian-American sculptor. Marco Polo "Mark" di Suvero (born September 18, 1933 in Shanghai, China) is an abstract expressionist sculptor and 2010 National Medal of Arts recipient.
- 1929 – Nancy Littlefield, American director and producer (d. 2007), was a director and producer of television and documentary programs, who was the director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting from 1978 until 1983, during the administration of then-Mayor Edward I. Koch.
- 1929 – Teddi King, American singer (d. 1977), was an American jazz and pop vocalist. Born Theodora King in Boston, Massachusetts on September 18, 1929, she won a singing competition hosted by Dinah Shore at Boston's Tributary Theatre, later beginning work in a touring revue involved with "cheering up the military in the lull between the Second World War and the Korean conflict." Improving her vocal and piano technique during this time, she first recorded with Nat Pierce in 1949, later recording with the Beryl Booker trio and with several other small groups from 1954–1955 (recordings which were available on three albums for Storyville).
- 1927 – Phyllis Kirk, American actress (d. 2006). Kirk was born in Syracuse, New York, although some sources state her birthplace as Plainfield, New Jersey.
- 1926 – Bob Toski, American golfer and coach. Robert John Toski, born Algustoski (born September 18, 1926), is an American professional golfer and golf instructor.
- 1926 – Bud Greenspan, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010), was a film director, writer, and producer known for his sports documentaries. His distinctive appearance in later years included wearing his large, dark-framed glasses atop his shaved head.
- 1926 – Joe Kubert, American author and illustrator, founded The Kubert School (d. 2012), was a Polish-born American comic book artist, art teacher, and founder of The Kubert School. He is best known for his work on the DC Comics characters Sgt.
- 1925 – Harvey Haddix, American baseball player and coach (d. 1994), was an American professional baseball left-handed pitcher and pitching coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals (1952–1956), Philadelphia Phillies (1956–57), Cincinnati Reds (1958), Pittsburgh Pirates (1959–1963), and Baltimore Orioles (1964–65).
- 1924 – J. D. Tippit, American police officer (d. 1963). Tippit was born near the town of Annona, Texas, in Red River County.
- 1923 – Peter Smithson, English architect, co-designed Robin Hood Gardens (d. 2003). Alison Margaret Smithson (22 June 1928 – 14 August 1993) and Peter Denham Smithson (18 September 1923 – 3 March 2003) were English architects that together formed an architectural partnership, and are often associated with the New Brutalism (especially in architectural and urban theory).
- 1922 – Grayson Hall, American actress (d. 1985), was an American television, film and stage actress. She was widely regarded for her avant-garde theatrical performances from the 1960s to the 1980s.
- 1920 – Jack Warden, American actor (d. 2006), was an American character actor of film and television. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor—for Shampoo (1975), and Heaven Can Wait (1978).
- 1919 – Tommy Hunter, American fiddler (d. 1993). Thomas James "Tommy" Hunter, CM, O.Ont (born March 20, 1937) is a Canadian country music performer, known as "Canada's Country Gentleman".
- 1918 – Johnny Mantz, American racing driver (d. 1972), was an American racecar driver.
- 1917 – Francis Parker Yockey, American lawyer and philosopher (d. 1960), was an American attorney, political philosopher, and Metaphysician best known for his neo-Spenglerian book Imperium: The Philosophy of History and Politics, published under the pen name Ulick Varange in 1948. This book, described in its introduction as a "sequel" to Spengler's The Decline of the West, argues for a culture-based, totalitarian path for the preservation of Western culture.
- 1917 – June Foray, American actress and voice artist (d. 2017), was an American voice actress who was best known as the voice of such animated characters as Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Nell Fenwick, Lucifer from Disney's Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who, Jokey Smurf, Granny from the Warner Bros. cartoons directed by Friz Freleng, Grammi Gummi from Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears series, and Magica De Spell, among many others.
- 1916 – John Jacob Rhodes, American lawyer and politician (d. 2003). A member of the Republican Party, Rhodes was elected as a U.S.
- 1910 – Joseph F. Enright, American captain (d. 2000), was a submarine captain in the United States Navy. He is best known as the man who sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano–the "most significant single submarine sinking of World War II."
- 1907 – Edwin McMillan, American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991), was an American physicist and Nobel laureate credited with being the first-ever to produce a transuranium element, neptunium. For this, he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Glenn Seaborg in 1951.
- 1905 – Agnes de Mille, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1993). Agnes de Mille was born in New York City into a well-connected family of theater professionals.
- 1905 – Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American actor (d. 1977), was an American comedian and actor. To a generation of early radio and television comedy he was known as "Rochester".
- 1905 – Greta Garbo, Swedish-American actress (d. 1990), was a Swedish film actress during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Garbo fifth on their list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema.
- 1904 – Jose de Rivera, American soldier and sculptor (d. 1985), was an American abstract sculptor.
- 1901 – Harold Clurman, American director and producer (d. 1980), was an American theatre director and drama critic, "one of the most influential in the United States". He was most notable as one of the three founders of New York City's Group Theatre (1931–1941).
- 1900 – Willis Laurence James, American violinist and educator (d. 1966), was an American musician, composer and educator. He was on the faculty of Spelman College for more than three decades.
- 1893 – William March, American soldier and author (d. 1954), was an American writer of psychological fiction and a highly decorated US Marine. The author of six novels and four short-story collections, March was praised by critics but never attained great popularity.
- 1878 – James O. Richardson, American admiral (d. 1974), was an admiral in the United States Navy who served from 1902 to 1947. As Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CinCUS), he protested against the redeployment of the Pacific portion of the fleet forward to Pearl Harbor, believing that a forward defense was neither practical nor useful, and that the Pacific Fleet would be the logical first target in the event of war with Japan, vulnerable to air and torpedo attacks.
- 1870 – Clark Wissler, American anthropologist, author, and educator (d. 1947). Born in Cambridge City near Hagerstown, Indiana, Wissler graduated from Indiana University in 1897.
- 1860 – Alberto Franchetti, Italian-American composer and educator (d. 1942), was an Italian opera composer.
- 1859 – John L. Bates, American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946), was a lawyer and politician from Massachusetts. A Republican, he worked to promote East Boston, securing legislative approval of the first tunnel under Boston Harbor, joining the neighborhood to the rest of the city.
- 1859 – Lincoln Loy McCandless, American businessman and politician (d. 1940), was a United States cattle rancher, industrialist and politician for the Territory of Hawaii. McCandless served in the United States Congress as a territorial delegate.
- 1857 – John Hessin Clarke, American lawyer and judge (d. 1945), was an American lawyer and judge who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1916 to 1922.
- 1848 – Francis Grierson, English-American pianist and composer (d. 1927), was a composer, pianist, and writer who used the pen name of Francis Grierson.
- 1846 – Richard With, Norwegian captain, businessman, and politician, founded Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab (d. 1930), was a Norwegian ship captain, businessman and politician for the Liberal Left Party. He is known as the founder of the shipping companies Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab and Hurtigruten.
- 1812 – Herschel Vespasian Johnson, American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Georgia (d. 1880), was an American politician. He was the 41st Governor of Georgia from 1853 to 1857 and the vice presidential nominee of the Douglas wing of the Democratic Party in the 1860 U.S. presidential election.
- 1779 – Joseph Story, American lawyer, jurist, and politician (d. 1845), was an American lawyer and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1812 to 1845, during the Marshall Court and early-Taney Court eras. He is most remembered for his opinions in Martin v.
- 2015 – James R. Houck, American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1940)
- 2013 – Ken Norton, American boxer (b. 1943)
- 2013 – Richard C. Sarafian, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
- 2012 – Jack Kralick, American baseball player (b. 1935)
- 2012 – Steve Sabol, American director and producer, co-founded NFL Films (b. 1942)
- 2008 – Ron Lancaster, American-Canadian football player and coach (b. 1938)
- 2006 – Edward J. King, American football player, lawyer, and politician, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1925)
- 2005 – Clint C. Wilson, Sr., American cartoonist (b. 1914)
- 2004 – Norman Cantor, Canadian-American historian and educator (b. 1929)
- 2004 – Russ Meyer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
- 2002 – Bob Hayes, American sprinter and football player (b. 1942)
- 2001 – Ernie Coombs, American-Canadian television host (b. 1927)
- 1998 – Charlie Foxx, American singer and guitarist (Inez and Charlie Foxx) (b. 1939)
- 1998 – Kathleen Collins African-American filmmaker and playwright (b. 1942)
- 1997 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American singer (b. 1920)
- 1980 – Katherine Anne Porter, American short story writer, novelist, and essayist (b. 1890)
- 1975 – Fairfield Porter, American painter and critic (b. 1907)
- 1970 – Jimi Hendrix, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1942)
- 1968 – Franchot Tone, American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1905)
- 1951 – Gelett Burgess, American author and poet (b. 1866)
- 1949 – Frank Morgan, American actor (b. 1890)
- 1944 – Robert G. Cole, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1915)
- 1890 – Dion Boucicault, Irish-American actor and playwright (b. 1820)