The Day in Pop Culture: September 21

These are the pop culture milestones for September 21st.
  1. 1897: The New York Sun published the "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" editorial. It was written in response to a letter from 8 year old Virginia O'Hanlon.
  2. 1937: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was published. Over 100 million copies have been sold.
  3. 1947: Horror and suspense author Stephen King was born. He is 69.
  4. 1948: Milton Berle became the regular host of NBC's "Texaco Star Theater."
  5. 1950: The legendary Bill Murray was born. The comedian and actor is 66.
  6. 1957: "Perry Mason" premiered on CBS. The legal drama ran for 9 season, spawned a revival series & countless TV movies.
  7. 1970: "NFL Monday Night Football" debuted on ABC. The sports series has ran for 45 seasons.
  8. 1992: An estimated 70 million people watched Murphy Brown respond to Vice-President Dan Quayle's family values speech in the series' 5th season premiere.
    In his speech, Quayle said that the TV character was "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice.”