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This Week in History

Oprah's show goes national

September 2017

On Sept. 8, 1986, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is broadcast nationally for the first time. Her daytime television talk show turned Winfrey into one of the most powerful, wealthiest people in show business.

On Sept. 9, 1893, President Grover Cleveland's wife, Frances, gives birth in the White House to the couple's daughter Esther. She remains the only child of a president to be born in the White House.

On Sept. 10, 1940, in light of the destruction and terror inflicted on Londoners by German bombing raids, called "the Blitz," the British War Cabinet instructs British bombers over Germany to drop their bombs "anywhere" if unable to reach their targets. One of them even landed in the garden of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Party's minister of propaganda.

On Sept. 11, 1985, Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose gets the 4,192nd hit of his career, breaking Ty Cobb's major-league record. Rose retired in 1986, but remained in his position as manager until 1989, when he was banned from baseball for gambling on Reds games.

On Sept. 12, 1953, Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, a photographer for the Washington Times-Herald, in Rhode Island. Kennedy was elected the 35th president of the United States seven years later.

On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem that is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The poem, originally titled "The Defence of Fort McHenry," was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812.

On Sept. 14, 1964, writer John Steinbeck is presented the U.S. Medal of Freedom. His first novel, "Tortilla Flat," about the comic antics of several rootless drifters who share a house in California, was published in 1935.


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