September 14, 1982: Princess Grace of Monaco—the American-born former film star Grace Kelly, whose movie credits include The Country Girl and Rear Window—dies at the age of 52 from injuries suffered after her car plunged off a mountain road near Monte Carlo.
Photo: Giorgio Lotti
September 11, 1777: The Battle of Brandywine, also known as the Battle of Brandywine Creek, is fought between the American army of General George Washington and the British army of General Sir William Howe. The British defeated the Americans and forced them to withdraw toward the American capital of Philadelphia. The engagement occurred near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania during Howe’s campaign to take Philadelphia, part of the American Revolutionary War.
Image: “Nation Makers” by Howard Pyle depicts a scene from the battle. (Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA)
September 10, 1971: Italian-born television and film actress Pier Angeli dies of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 39.
Angeli appeared in 35 films and won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer-Female, for her role in Teresa (1952). She was romantically linked with Kirk Douglas and James Dean before marrying singer Vic Damone in 1954. Their marriage ended in divorce, followed by highly publicized court battles for the custody of their one son, Perry Farinola Damone. Her second marriage was to Italian composer Armando Trovaioli (1962–1969), with whom she had another son, Andrew.
Photo: Allan Grant/Time & Life Pictures
September 9, 1965: Hurricane Betsy makes its second landfall near New Orleans, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion (over $10 billion in 2014 US dollars) in damages, becoming the first hurricane to top $1 billion in unadjusted damages.
Photo: Mark Kauffman/Time Life Pictures
September 9, 1956: Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The show was seen by approximately 60 million viewers—a record 82.6 percent of the television audience.
Photo: Ed Sullivan with Elvis Presley during a press conference before Presley’s first appearance on the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’. (Fotos International/Getty Images)
September 8, 1966: Star Trek - the original television series, premieres on NBC Television.
The show tells the tale of the crew of the starship Enterprise and its five-year mission “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” The original 1966–1969 television series featured William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, James Doohan as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, and Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov. During the series’ original run, it earned several nominations for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and won twice: for the two-parter “The Menagerie” and the Harlan Ellison-written episode “The City on the Edge of Forever”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek