Each of the events below took place on the same day of the month, September 21.
1897: An editorial appears in the New York Sun, answering a young girl's question, "Is there a Santa Claus?" It eventually becomes the most reprinted editorial in any English-language newspaper.
1937: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is published.
1947: Writer Stephen King is born in Portland, Maine.
1950: Actor and comedian Bill Murray is born in Evanston, Illinois.
1970: Monday Night Football debuts on ABC with the Browns topping the Jets 31-21.
1974: Three time Academy Award-winner Walter Brennan dies in Oxnard, California at the age of 80.
2001: Sports resume in New York City ten days after the terror attacks of 9/11. The Mets rally to beat the Braves 3-2 at Shea Stadium.
2011: Thirty years after forming in Athens, Georgia, the rock band R.E.M. breaks up.