Monthly Archives: September 2011

‘The Hustler’ premieres in Washington 50 years ago today

(Monday, September 25, 1961)The Hustler, a drama film directed by Robert Rossen and starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie and George C. Scott, premiered today in Washington, D.C.

It tells the story of small-time pool hustler “Fast Eddie” Felson and his desire to prove himself the best player in the country by beating legendary pool player “Minnesota Fats.”

President Kennedy says Berlin will be defended by ‘whatever means’ 50 years ago this hour

(Monday, September 25, 1961, 11:30 a.m. EDT) — Six weeks after construction of the Berlin Wall began, U.S. President John F. Kennedy told the United Nations today that’ the United States and its allies have decided to defend West Berlin by “whatever means are forced upon them.”

Click here for complete audio of the speech and click here for the complete text of the address.

O’Connor sworn in as first woman on U.S. Supreme Court 30 years ago today


Video: O'Connor on Abortion (1981)

(Friday, September 25, 1981)Sandra Day O’Connor took her seat today as the 102d Justice and the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

President Reagan, who fulfilled a campaign promise to name a woman to the Court by nominating the 51-year-old Arizona judge, attended the brief ceremony in the courtroom.

President McKinley’s assassin goes on trial 110 years ago today

(Monday, September 23, 1901) — Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist who shot U.S. President William McKinley twice in Buffalo, New York, on Sept. 6, 1901, went on trial today in Buffalo, New York, only nine days after the president died.

Czolgosz’s lawyers were unable to prepare a defense since Czolgosz refused to speak to either one of them (Czolgosz would be found guilty the very next day and sentenced to death on Sept. 26).