Hans Remembers- Monday September 21, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- 50 Years ago today- Monday Night Football made it’s debut on ABC- there were those within the league who thought this was a bad idea- but it turned out to be a genius move. The first game- the Cleveland Browns- this was your grandfather’s Cleveland Browns- not the pathetic franchise of the past couple decades- defeated the New York Jets 31-21. I didn’t get to see this game -we didn’t have cable yet in my hometown-and we couldn’t pick up the Pittsburgh ABC station- but I listening to the game on the radio. 2/3rds of the iconic Monday Night Football broadcasting booth were there in year one- Humble Howard Cosell, Dandy Don Meredith in year one the great Keith Jackson was also in the booth- to be replaced in year two by Faultless Frank Gifford. There have no been 718 Monday Night Football games-over the past 50 years. The hey-day of MNF- was the Cosell/ Meredith and Gifford years- when they were the show- especially the banter between Howard and Dandy Don.
- Samantha Power English-Irish born U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013-2017-born in London.
- Dying at the age of 85- Dorita Fairlie Bruce-British author of books for girls- creator of the Dimsie series.
- Gong Peng- China’s first woman to direct a division -as head of the Bureau of Information- dead at 55.
- The New York Times started the first modern op-ed page.
- Vida Blue the sensational rookie for the Oakland A’s pitched a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins. Blue became the youngest pitcher to pitch a no-hitter since Paul Dean-who pitched a no-hitter 36 years earlier to the day.