September 23, Nixon’s “Checkers” speech

Today is Friday, September 23, the 266th day of 2022. There are 99 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On September 23, 1952, Senator Richard M. Nixon, R-California, saved his vice presidential nomination by appearing on television from Los Angeles to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising in what became known under the speech name of the “Checkers”.

To this date :

In 1780, British spy John Andre was captured with papers revealing Benedict Arnold’s plot to return West Point to the British.

In 1806, the Lewis and Clark Expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest.

In 1955, a Sumner, Mississippi jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and JW Milam, of the murder of black teenager Emmett Till. (Both men later admitted to the crime in an interview with Look magazine.)

In 1957, nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white crowd outside.

In 1962, “The Jetsons”, a cartoon series about a space-age family, premiered as the ABC television network’s first color show.

In 1987, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., withdrew from the Democratic presidential race following questions about his use of borrowed quotes and the portrayal of his academic record.

In 1999, the Mars Climate Orbiter apparently burned down while attempting to orbit the Red Planet.

In 2001, President George W. Bush returned the American flag to the entire Camp David staff, symbolically ending a period of national mourning after the September 11 attacks.

In 2002, Governor Gray Davis signed legislation making California the first state to offer workers paid family leave.

In 2011, after 41 years, the soap opera “All My Children” aired its last episode on ABC-TV.

In 2016, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government, arguing it undermined national security. (The House and Senate voted to override the veto.)

In 2020, President Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election, telling reporters, “We’re going to have to see what happens.”

Ten years ago: The Libyan militia suspected in the 9/11 attack on the US diplomatic compound that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans said it had disbanded on the orders of the country’s president. “Homeland” won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis each won A-list actor awards; “Modern Family” received four awards, including a treble for Best Comedy Series.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump tweeted that NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was no longer invited to the White House because Curry said he didn’t want to make such a visit with his championship team; NBA star LeBron James responded with a tweet calling Trump a “tramp” and saying, “Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” Large amounts of federal aid began moving to Puerto Rico to help communities still without fresh water, fuel, electricity, or phone service in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

A year ago: Opening a major new phase of the US COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans. In an effort to combat climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a rule severely limiting the domestic production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, very potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. A gunman attacked a grocery store east of Memphis, Tennessee, killing one person and injuring 14 others before killing himself; he had been asked to quit his job at the store earlier in the day.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Julio Iglesias turns 79. Actor Paul Petersen (TV: “The Donna Reed Show”) is 77 years old. Actress/singer Mary Kay Place is 75. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 73. Director/playwright George C. Wolfe is 68 years old. Rock musician Leon Taylor (The Ventures) is 67. Actor Rosalind Chao is 65 years old. Golfer Larry Mize is 64 years old. Actor Jason Alexander is 63 years old. Actor Chi McBride is 61 years old. Actor Erik Todd Dellums is 58 years old. Actor LisaRaye is 56 years old. (AH’-nee) DiFranco is 52 years old. Rock singer Sam Bettens (K’s Choice) is 50 years old. Recording director Jermaine Dupri is 50 years old. Actor Kip Pardue is 46 years old. Actor Anthony Mackie is 44 years old. Pop singer Erik-Michael Estrada (TV: “Making the Band”) is 43. Actor Aubrey Dollar is 42. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon is 41. Actor David Lim is 39. The Actor Cush Jumbo is 37. Actor Skylar Astin is 35. Former tennis player Melanie Oudin (oo-DAN’) is 31.

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