We’re helping you celebrate the most underrated month in the annual calendar with a weekly series of sales devoted to helping you master the art of transitioning from summer to fall with style (look for the next one this coming Wednesday), plus a weekly giveaway for the best #SeptemberSelfie. (Click for more on how to enter.) Meantime, a few highlights from this week in September History.
1620: The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England, with 102 future Americans onboard.
1630: The village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston. Good, good decade in U.S. history.
1998: Meryl Streep received a well-earned star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1956: Mickey Rourke was born.
1983: Vanessa Williams became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.
1998: An American Airlines flight made an emergency stop in Denver because a passenger had become violent after meeting Hootie & The Blowfish on the plane. We’ve all been there.
1999: Eminem had a $10 million lawsuit filed against him. By his mom. Oy vey.
1935: Ken Kesey was born.
1851: The first issue of The New York Times was published. It was four pages long.
2004: Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were joined in sweet and holy matrimony.
1952: Dee Dee Ramone was born.
1982: Scott Fahlman became the first person to use :-) in an online message. The world would never be the same again.
1949: Twiggy was born.
1970: Jim Morrison was found guilty, in Miami of indecent exposure and profanity. He was acquitted on charges of “lewd and lascivious” behavior. The charges were related to a performance by the Doors, and also to his extremely tight leather pants.
1934: Sophia Loren was born.
1893: Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline-powered automobile for a test drive. The “horseless carriage” was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.
1897: The New York Sun ran the Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon.
1937: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was first published.
1866: H.G. Wells was born.
1950: As was the world’s coolest dude, Bill Murray.
1992: MTV Unplugged renamed one episode MTV Plugged when Bruce Springsteen played an electric set on the show.
1960: Joan Jett was born.