September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

September 7 Peace Love Art 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. [NYT obit] (see July 7, 1928)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

Cold War

September 7 Peace Love Art ActivismSeptember 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. [Quora dot com article]  (see Nov 13)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism


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. [NY LGBT Historic Sites Project article]  (see January 13, 1958)

Trail Life USA

September 7 Peace Love Art ActivismSeptember 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)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

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)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism


September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

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)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism


September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

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.  [Smithsonian article] (see Nov 5)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

September 7 Music et al

Waiting for the Sun

September 7- 27, 1968: The Doors’ Waiting for the Sun the Billboard #1 album. Their first #1 album.

John Lennon assassination

September 7, 2010: authorities denied parole to Mark David Chapman for the sixth time. Chapman, held at Attica Correctional Facility in New York State, could not ask for parole again for two years. (see August 22, 2012)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

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. [Black Past article]  (see Sept 28)


September 7 Peace Love Art ActivismSeptember 7, 1986: Desmond Tutu became the first Black Anglican Church bishop in South Africa. [UPI article] (see December 7, 1988)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

Cultural Milestone

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

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

Iraq War II

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

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

Nuclear/Chemical News & ICAN

September 7, 2006: the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the 1985 Nobel Peace Laureate, adopted International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons [ICAN] as top campaign priority at its world congress in Helsinki, Finland. IPPNW’s Australian affiliate, MAPW, commits to fundraising and providing coordination for a campaign launch in 2007. (Nuclear & ICAN, see April 30, 2007)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

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. [Prolades dot com article] see May 2009)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

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)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

Immigration History

September 7, 2017: the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Trump administration’s limited view of who is allowed into the country under its revised travel ban.

A three-judge panel decided that grandparents, cousins and similarly close extended family relationships of people in the U.S. shouldn’t be prevented from coming to the country. The court also said refugees already accepted by a resettlement agency shouldn’t be banned. The appeals court decision upholds a decision from a district court judge in Hawaii (July 14), who said the administration’s view was too narrow. The decision impacts the revised travel ban, which temporarily suspends new visas and travel for people coming from the Muslim-dominated countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

“Stated simply, the government does not offer a persuasive explanation for why a mother-in-law is clearly a bona fide relationship, in the Supreme Court’s prior reasoning, but a grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin is not,” the ruling said. [CBS article]  (see Sept 12)

September 7 Peace Love Art Activism

Native Americans & Cannabis

September 7, 2023: the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) passed a referendum in favor of legalizing marijuana, becoming the first jurisdiction within the borders of North Carolina—or any of its surrounding states—to commit to the policy change. But it would be a while before would-be customers could make a purchase.

According to unofficial results posted by the EBCI’s Board of Elections, members approved the measure by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent. Although the referendum does not legalize cannabis automatically, tribal leaders have said they’ll follow voters’ lead when they ultimately take up the issue. [MM article] (next NA, see Nov 17; next Cannabis, see Oct 9 or see CAC for broader chronology)

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