On This Day September 16
1979 – “Rapper’s Delight,” by The Sugarhill Gang, is released. While it is not the first single to feature rapping, it is generally considered to be responsible for introducing hip hop music to audiences around the world.
1919 – The American Legion is incorporated by an act of Congress. It was established to support and assist veterans returning from World War I, but has since grown to support veterans of all wars and veterans of peacetime as well.
1920 – A bombing in New York’s financial district kills 38 people and injures nearly 200 others. While those responsible were never found, the terrorist attack, known today as “The Wall Street Bombing,” was thought to be the work of communist agitators associated with the Bolshevik Revolution.
1932 – Civil rights crusader Mohandas Gandhi begins a six-day hunger strike in his Bombay, India prison cell to protest the British government’s decision to separate India’s electoral system by caste.
1924 – Tony and Golden Globe-winning actress Lauren Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske (“To Have and have Not,” “The Big Sleep,” “Key Largo,” “How to Marry a Millionaire, “Designing Woman,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces”) (d. 2014)
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To Have and Have Not
Starring Humphrey BogartWalter Brennan and Lauren Bacall, and directed by Howard Hawks