|(1509) Massive earthquake hits Constantinople|
|The North Anatolian Fault releases 7.2 magnitudes of energy under the Sea of Marmara close to the seat of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople, in what will one day be Turkey. The quake will earn its epithet, ‘The Lesser Judgment Day,’ with its immediate destructiveness and 45 days of seemingly endless aftershocks. .|
The 1509 Constantinople earthquake, referred to as “The Lesser Judgment Day” by contemporaries, occurred in the Sea of Marmara on 10 September 1509 at about 10pm. The earthquake had an estimated magnitude of 7.2 ± 0.3 on the surface wave magnitude scale. A tsunami and forty-five days of aftershocks followed the earthquake. Over a thousand houses and 109 mosques were destroyed, and an estimated 10,000 people died.
|(1919) New Yorkers take to the streets as heroes come home|
|New Yorkers welcome 25,000 soldiers home from the battlefields of Europe nearly a year after WWI’s armistice with a gigantic victory parade down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. General John J. ‘Black Jack’ Pershing leads his 1st Infantry Division troops past the grateful throngs. .|
|(1960) Barefoot Bikila wins Rome’s marathon gold|
|The son of an Ethiopian shepherd, Abebe Bikila wins the gold medal in the marquee event of the Rome Summer Olympics after running the marathon race in his bare feet from Capitoline Hill to the finish line just outside the ancient Colosseum. .|
Abebe Bikila was a double Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia, most famous for winning a marathon gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics while running barefoot. A stadium in Addis Ababa is named in his honor.
|(2000) ‘Cats,’ Broadway’s longest-running show, finally closes|
|The Jellicle Cats have their last pad around the New York stage as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical ‘Cats closes after nearly 18 years. At a record-breaking 7,485 performances, it’s Broadway’s longest-running show and will retain that distinction until Webber unleashes a certain ‘Phantom to haunt the boards for an even longer run..|
Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Cats introduced the song standard “Memory”. The first performance of “Cats” was in 1981.