Calendar for September 27th, 2014

Born 1722: Samuel Adams (patriot)

Born 1783: Peter Joseph von Cornelius (painter)

1822: Breakthrough in deciphering the Rosetta Stone announced

Born 1840: Thomas Nast (cartoonist)

1854: SS Arctic and SS Vesta collided in the North Atlantic

Born 1914: Catherine Marshall (writer)

Died 1919: Adelina Patti (opera singer; namesake of the song You're the Flower of My Heart Sweet Adeline)

Born 1920: William Conrad (actor)

Died 1921: Engelbert Humperdinck (composer)

Born 1922: Arthur Penn (director)

Born 1934: Wilford Brimley (actor)

1954: The Tonight Show made its television debut with Steve Allen as host

Born 1958: Shaun Cassidy (singer)

1964: The Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy issued

Born 1972: Clara Hughes (cyclist)

Born 1984: Avril Lavigne (singer)

1989: Two men, Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi, went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. They were the first pair ever to go over the falls and live. They were charged with unlawfully performing the stunt

1998: Mark McGwire hit his 69th and 70th home runs

Died 2003: Donald O'Connor (song and dance man)

Died 2009: William Safire (political columnist, language maven)

2015: Total Eclipse of the Moon.