September 7 Peace Love Activism

September 7 Peace Love Activism

Technological Milestone

September 7, 1927:  TV pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using a device called an image dissector. (see July 7, 1928)

Cold War

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September 7, 1953: following the March 5 death of Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev becomes leader of the Soviet Communist Party. His main rival, Lavrentiy Beria, was executed in December. (see Nov 13)

LGBTQ

Daughters of Bilitis
September 7, 1957: The Daughters of Bilitis, the first openly lesbian activist organization in the U.S (founded on September 21, 1955) held its first meeting on this date in New York City. The Daughters of Bilitis sponsored a lesbian and gay rights conference in New York City, on June 20, 1964, at which two doctors attacked the idea that homosexuality was a disease. (see January 13, 1958)
Trail Life USA

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September 7, 2013: Trail Life USA formed for those who disagreed with the Boy Scouts of America  decision to allow openly gay Scouts. The group stated that it was founded to “counter the ‘moral free fall’ of the nation, and raise a generation of faithful husbands, fathers, citizens and leaders.” It added, “The genesis of the new group was the [Boy Scouts of America] leadership’s closely watched decision in May to change its membership policy and admit youth regardless of their sexual orientation or sexual preference.” (Trail Life core values) (LGBTQ, see Oct 18; BSA, see February 27, 2014)

Nuclear/Chemical News

September 7, 1964: the most famous of all campaign commercials, known as the “Daisy Girl” ad, ran only once as a paid advertisement, during an NBC broadcast of Monday Night at the Movies. Without any explanatory words, the ad used a simple and powerful cinematic device, juxtaposing a scene of a little girl happily picking petals off of a flower and an ominous countdown to a nuclear explosion. The ad was created by the innovative agency Doyle Dane Bernbach, known for its conceptual, minimal, and modern approach to advertising. The memorable soundtrack was created by Tony Schwartz, an advertising pioneer famous for his work with sound, including anthropological recordings of audio from cultures around the world. The frightening ad was instantly perceived as a portrayal of Barry Goldwater as an extremist. In fact, the Republican National Committee spelled this out by saying, “This ad implies that Senator Goldwater is a reckless man and Lyndon Johnson is a careful man.” That was precisely the intent; in a memo to President Johnson on September 13, Bill Moyers wrote, “The idea was not to let him get away with building a moderate image and to put him on the defensive before the campaign is old.”

The ad was replayed in its entirety on ABC’s and CBS’s nightly news shows, amplifying its impact. (see Oct 16)

Vietnam

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September 7, 1965:  US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Richard B Fitzgibbon, III killed in action from an explosive device while serving in Quang Tin, South Vietnam. He was the son of Richard B Fitzgibbon, Jr, the first US casualty in Vietnam. (see Sept 11)

Feminism

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September 7, 1968:  New York Radical Women protested the Miss America contest in Atlantic City by picketing, yelling “Women's Liberation!,” and throwing bras and garter belts into a trashcan. Although nothing was actually burned, the event brings the feminist movement media attention and begins the “bra-burner” stereotype. (see Nov 5)
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Black History

Joseph Woodrow Hatchett
September 7, 1976: Joseph Woodrow Hatchett was elected to a seat on the Florida Supreme Court, becoming the first black person elected to any statewide office in the South since the end of Reconstruction nearly a century before. A year earlier, in September 1975, Governor Rubin Askew appointed Judge Hatchett to a seat on the Court, making him the first black Florida Supreme Court justice in state history. (see Sept 28)
SOUTH AFRICA/APARTHEID

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September 7, 1986: Desmond Tutu became the first Black Anglican Church bishop in South Africa. (see December 7, 1988)

Cultural Milestone

September 7, 1979: ESPN made its cable TV debut. (see June 1, 1980)

Iraq War II

September 7, 2004:  death toll of U.S. soldiers in Iraq reached 1,000 [CNN.com, 9/8/04] (see Oct 7)

Sexual Abuse of Children

September 7, 2007: the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego agreed to pay $198m to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy. (see May 2009)

John Lennon assassination

September 7, 2010: Mark David Chapman was denied parole for the sixth time. Chapman, being held at Attica Correctional Facility in New York State, will remain imprisoned for at least two more years. (see August 22, 2012)

Terry Jones bigotry

September 7, 2010:  Jones says he "understands the government's concerns, but plans to go forward with the burning." He left "the door open to change his mind, however, saying that he was still praying about his decision. (see Sept 8)

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