Before the tragic and horrifying events of September 11, 2001 came to pass and made that date infamous, 9/11 was no more or less remarkable than most days out of the year. Historically, various lesser-known events have marked this day. In 1773, Benjamin Franklin published a satirical essay entitled “Rules By Which A Great Empire May Be Reduced To A Small One.” In 1847, Stephen Foster’s well-known song, Oh! Susanna, was first performed—at a saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1903, the Milwaukee Mile, which is the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, held its very first automobile race. In 1941, ground was broken for the construction of The Pentagon. In 1985, baseball’s Pete Rose collected his 4,192nd hit to break Ty Cobb’s all-time record.
September 11 has also been noteworthy as the birthdate of a number of renowned individuals, including short-story writer O. Henry (in 1862), English novelist D.H. Lawrence (in 1885), college football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (in 1913), film director Brian De Palma (in 1940), singer Harry Connick, Jr. (in 1967), Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (in 1983), et al. One other who was born on this date (in 1892) that bears mentioning is “Pinto” Colvig, who is best known as having been the voice of Disney’s Goofy for more than three decades. To honor the memory of this man—and the lost innocence of this day—here is a 1950 video of Goofy in all his amusing glory: