Had a tour at the Museum today with a wonderful group of people from New Dorp, Staten Island. Before my day inside the Museum, the Field and I had some quiet time on a morning that hinted heavily about an approaching autumn.
September 14, 1955, Roots of Rock: after some lyric adjustments (such as from Tutti frutti, good booty to Tootie frutti, all rooty), Little Richard recorded Tutti Frutti.
September 14, 1959, Space Race: the Soviets' Luna 2 successfully crash-landed on the moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach another planetary body.
September 14, 1959, US Labor History: President Eisenhower signed the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, also known as the Landrum-Griffith Act. The law addressed the union corruption uncovered by Senator John L. McClellan. It held labor leaders to stricter standards in handling union funds and required them to file annual reports.
September 14, 1988, César E. Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and the United Farm Workers: during a peaceful and lawful protest of the policies/platform of then-candidate for president George H.W. Bush, San Francisco Police officers severely beat Dolores Huerta resulting in several broken ribs and necessitating the removal of her spleen. Huerta won a large judgment against the San Francisco Police Department and the City of San Francisco, the proceeds of which were used for the benefit of farm workers.