This Day in History – September 21st

September 21st
The original ABC Monday Night Football broadcast team (l-r) Howard Cosell, Keith Jackson, Don Meridith

Today is Friday, September 21st, the 264th day of 2018. There are 101 days left in the year and 95 days until Christmas.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On September 21, 1970, “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV with Don Meredith, Keith Jackson, and Howard Cosell calling the action as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-21.

On this date:

In 1780, General Benedict Arnold dissatisfied with how his US Continental Army career has progressed met with his enemy, British Major John André, to handover of his command, West Point, to the redcoats. His plot was exposed, and Arnold’s name became a byword for treason or betrayal.

In 1897, responding to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial by Francis P. Church that declared, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.”

In 1937, “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, was first published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. of London.

In 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming some 700 lives.

In 1942, the B-29 Superfortress made its maiden flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field. Almost 4,000 of the enormous US combat planes would be built, including the two that dropped the world’s first atomic weapons over Japan.

In 1987, NFL players called a strike, mainly over the issue of free agency. (The 24-day walkout prompted football owners to hire replacement players.)

In 1989, Hurricane Hugo crashed into Charleston, South Carolina (the storm was blamed for 56 deaths in the Caribbean and 29 in the United States).

Thought for Today: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (born 1788, died this date in 1860).