MILESTONES: September 21 birthdays for Bill Murray, Stephen King, Nicole Richie
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include 1988 NBA Coach of the Year Doug Moe, who was born in Brooklyn in 1938; film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who was born in 1943; actress and author Fannie Flagg, who was born in 1944; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Don Felder (The Eagles), who was born in 1947; “Doctor Sleep” author Stephen King, who was born in 1947; Basketball Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore, who was born in 1949; “Ghostbusters” star Bill Murray, who was born in 1950; “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman, who was born in 1956; filmmaker Ethan Coen, who was born in 1957; “Full House” star Dave Coulier, who was born in 1959; “Last Man Standing” star Nancy Travis, who was born in 1961; former N.Y. Yankees first baseman Cecil Fielder, who was born in 1963; “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Cheryl Hines, who was born in 1965; and television personality Nicole Richie, who was born in 1981.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS: “The Hobbit” was published on this day in 1937. University professor J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic featuring Bilbo Baggins was published by George Allen & Unwin in the U.K. Well received by critics and the public, it has never been out of print. Its international success spurred Tolkien to amplify his world of hobbits, dwarves, elves and dragons in “The Lord of the Rings” in the 1950s.
KICKOFF TIME: “Monday Night Football” premiered 50 years ago today. Following the complete merger of the American Football League and the National Football League, ABC joined CBS and NBC in televising weekly games. The show began as an experiment but soon became an institution. Announcers Howard Cosell, Keith Jackson and Don Meredith called the first game, a 31-21 victory by the Cleveland Browns over the New York Jets.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: ‘Try being rich first. See if that doesn’t cover most of it.”
— Bill Murray, who was born on this day in 1950
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