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Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time

A look back at the week that was…

By Emily Maxwell
Associate Editor

September 8 – The Oprah Winfrey Show, commonly referred to as Oprah, airs for the first time. The show is a massive success and turns Winfrey into one of the most powerful, wealthy people in show business and, arguably, the most influential woman in the United States. The show runs for 25 seasons until it’s final episode on May 25, 2011. -1986

September 9 – Then 21-year-old Elvis Presley appears on his first of three episodes of The Ed Sullivan Show. Presley, already known for his “vulgar” hip-shaking, is filmed head-to-toe, much to the chagrin of parents and critics. -1956

September 10 – One of Pablo Picasso’s most well-known paintings, the monumental anti-war mural Guernica, is returned to Spain after four decades of refugee existence at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The painting was originally sent to New York in 1939 on a tour to benefit the Spanish Refugee Committee. When WWII broke out later that year, Picasso requested that the painting be held until democratic liberties were restored to Spain. -1981

September 11 – As Chilean armed forces stage a coup d’état, storming La Moneda, the presidential palace in Santiago, Chilean President Salvador Allende commits suicide with an automatic rifle originally gifted him to him by Fidel Castro. The U.S. Government and the CIA had worked for years to orchestrate the coup, considering Allende a threat to democracy in Chile and Latin America. He was succeeded by brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet for the following 17 years, during which time more than 3,000 political opponents are assassinated or “disappeared.” -1973

September 12 – Following the famous Brown v Board of Education decision, the U.S. Supreme Court orders the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, to integrate after nine African-American students experience extreme backlash from the pro-segregation state government. Eleven days later, the 101st Airborne Division escorts the students into the school. -1957

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Hazel Bryan at the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas on Sept. 12, 1957.

September 13 – 25-year-old hip hop star Tupac Shakur dies of injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting. Two years earlier, Shakur was shot outside a Manhattan recording studio, touching off his move to L.A.-based Death Row Records and sparking the East Coast/West Coast feud that defined the hip-hop scene of the mid-1990s. Six months after Shakur’s death, rap rival Christopher Wallace a.k.a. “The Notorious B.I.G.” (on whom Shakur blamed the Manhattan shooting) is murdered in similar circumstances in L.A. To date, no arrest has been made in connection with either murder. -1996

September 14 – A Soviet rocket, carrying the flag of the Soviet Union, becomes the first man-made object sent from earth to reach the surface of the moon, giving the Soviets a short-lived edge in the “space race,” prompting the U.S. to expend greater effort on its own space program. Ten years later, American astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon. -1959