So grab a cup, sit back and peruse a few somewhat-significant events of past 9th Septembers.

169 years ago – In 1850, California became the 31st state in the Union.

63 years ago – In 1956, Elvis Presley made the first of his three appearances on the “Ed Sullivan Show”.  He sang “Love Me Tender”“Hound Dog”“Don’t Be Cruel” and “Ready Teddy”.

54 years ago – In 1965, Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game at Dodgers Stadium against the Chicago Cubs.

48 years ago – In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning a siege that ended four days later in a disastrous raid where the cops killed 10 hostages and 39 inmates.  Four other people also died during the rioting.

48 years ago – In 1971, John Lennon’s album Imagine was released.

37 years ago – In 1982, Rush released their ninth album, “Signals”, featuring Subdivisions and New World Man.

28 years ago – In 1991, Mike Tyson was indicted on rape charges.

27 years ago – In 1992, at MTV’s 9th Annual Video Music AwardsVan Halen’s “Right Now” won Best Video.  During the show, Elton John sang “The One” and then later joined Guns ‘N Roses on “November Rain”.

24 years ago – In 1995, the Sony Playstation was released in the U.S.

23 years ago – In 1996, Rosa Parks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton.

22 years ago – In 1997, Burgess Meredith died of the Alzheimer’s at age 88.  He played the Penguin on “Batman”Mickey in the first three “Rocky” movies and Jack Lemmon’s hilarious dad, Grandpa Gustafson, in “Grumpy Old Men”.