When you look back in history you can find so many different things to remember September the 15th for. Way back in 1964 September the 15th was the day that the Sun newspaper was launched, it was then owned by the Mirror group and replaced the Daily Herald that had until that time traditionally been a Labour supporting paper and this was just a month before Harold Wilson was first elected Prime Minister on the 15th of October 1964 with a majority of just 4 MP’s.
This was in the days before a recliner chair was available in the UK and so you would have had to sit in your fireside chair to read the first editions of the Sun, initially it was launched as a traditional ‘broadsheet’ and promised to be both radical and independent. In 1969 it was taken over from the Mirror group of newspapers by Rupert Murdoch and he changed it to a tabloid style of paper as we still see it now. (Probably not if you live in Liverpool) Shortly after that take over the Page 3 girls where introduced into the paper and probably anytime now they will disappear!
September the 15th 1963 was a terrible day in the American state of Alabama when riots erupted after 4 young African-American girls were killed when a bomb exploded at the Sunday school that they where attending, during the ensuing riots 2 more youngsters lost their lives, this was part of the perhaps still ongoing civil rights movement in the southern United States and occurred less than two months before President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in the heart of Texas one of the most powerful of the southern states.
President Johnson succeeded him and despite him being a southerner himself he made great strides during his time in office to improve the race situation in America.
On this Sunday the 15th of September take time to reflect as you sit in your recliner chair or your fireside chair and think about what you may have done or have been doing on September the 15th in years gone by! Perhaps it is your birthday or your wedding anniversary, is September the 15th a special day to you? It will be to someone