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Famous People & Celebrities Born on September 1st:

  • Boxcar Willie
    (1931) - His real name was Lecil Travis Martin.
  • Yvonne De Carlo
    (1922) - Played Lily Munster on The Munsters. Despite internet rumors of her death, the former Mrs. Munster is alive and doing quite well in Ojai, California.
  • Conway Twitty
    (1933) - The country singer had 40 No. 1 hits, including five with Loretta Lynn. In 1996 Twitty's widow, Dee Jenkins, wanted to exhume his body from the Sumner County, Tennessee, cemetery where he's buried. Jenkins was hoping to cremate Twitty and protect the tomb from desecration. There were reports that someone had painted the letters "B-I-T-C-H" on a space reserved for her in the cemetery. Jenkins later decided not to proceed with the plan.
  • Ann Richards
    (1933) - Former Texas governor. She once was a huckster for Dorito corn chips.
  • Alan Dershowitz
    (1938) - Defense attorney who was part of O.J. Simpson's "Dream Team." Dershowitz is also an active nudist who enjoys nude sunbathing.
  • Lily Tomlin
    (1939) - Pet therapist Warren Eckstein claims Tomlin's pet terrier, Tess, has multiple personalities caused by Tomlin's impersonations of her famous characters including "Ernestine, the telephone operator." Tomlin studied pre-med at Wayne State University. Flicks and TV: Voice of Ms. Frizzle on The Magic School Bus. TV's Laugh-In. Flicks: I Heart Huckabees (2004), The Kid (2000), Picking up the Pieces (2000), The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), Nine to Five (1980), The Late Show (1977), Nashville (1975).
  • Archie Bell
    (1944) - Musician and songwriter. "Tighten Up."
  • Barry Gibb
    (1946) - The singer and songwriter with Bee Gees is the oldest of the Gibb brothers. Hits: "Night Fever" (1978), "How Deep Is Your Love" (1977), "You Should Be Dancing" (1976). Gibb states he was born in 1946 not 1947 as incorrectly reported by Rolling Stone and other sources.
  • Sachi Parker
    (1956) - The actress is the daughter of Shirley MacLaine.
  • Gloria Estefan
    (1957) - Miami Sound Machine. She was born Gloria Maria Fajardo. Shape magazine selected Gloria's hit "Turn The Beat Around" as the greatest aerobics workout song ever recorded. Her No. 1 1991 song, "Coming Out Of The Dark," is based on a nearly fatal automobile accident when a truck smashed into her tour bus on a Pennsylvania highway in 1990. Her injuries required 400 stitches and the insertion of two 8-inch titanium rods on both sides of her spine. Big hit: "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (1987).
  • Dee Dee Myers
    (1961) - Former Clinton White House press secretary. In 1995 Myers was arrested for drunk driving and cruising down the wrong side of the road.
  • Scott "Bam-Bam" Bigelow
    (1961) - Nicknamed "The Beast From the East," the wrestler sports a monstrous 6-ft. 4-in., 300-pound body.
  • Scott Speedman
    (1975) - Ben Covington on Felicity. Flicks: The 24th Day (2004), Underworld (2003), My Life Without Me (2003), The Wheelman (2001), Duets (2000).
Famous and Noteworthy Events on September 1st:
(1715) - French ruler Louis XIV died at the age of 76. He reigned longer than any other French monarch. Louis loved to eat. After he died, an autopsy revealed that his stomach was twice as large as a normal stomach.

(1878) - A woman named Emma M. Nutt was hired as the first female telephone operator. Emma started work as an operator in Boston on this day in 1878. The very first phone operators were young men, but many of them were impatient with callers and blurted obscenities over the line.

(1994) - A federal judge approved the largest product liability settlement in U.S. history: a $4.25 billion settlement for women who claimed they were harmed by silicone breast implants.

(1939) - World War II started as Germany invaded Poland.

(1947) - Whisky drinkers everywhere mourned the passing of Lem Motlow, the nephew of Jack Daniel and owner of the Jack Daniel Distillery.

(1972) - Following 20 consecutive years of Soviet domination, Bobby Fischer became the first American to win the World Chess Championship. The first game of the match started on June 11. The final game was finished at 12:50 a.m. on September 1, 1972. Fischer defeated Boris Spassky, who resigned after his 41st move.

(1977) - The first Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I computer was sold.

(1985) - A U.S.-French exploration team located the wreck of the Titanic about 500 miles south of Newfoundland. The ship was found lying upright in two pieces on the ocean floor at a depth of about 13,000 feet. The expedition found no evidence of a long gash previously thought to have been the cause of the sinking.

(1990) - The University of Arkansas announced that many of the thousands of condoms given away to students just before Spring Break contained holes.

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