First Saints Season Game
September 17, 1967
Photo from NewOrleansSaints.com
The first play of the New Orleans Saints first regular
season game against the Los Angleles Rams in Tulane Stadium for a crowd of 80,897 fans on September 17, 1967 ended with rookie
running-back John Gilliam returning the opening kickoff for a 94 yard touchdown. The game's final score was Rams 27,
Saints 13. By the end of their first season the Saints record was 3–11, which set an NFL record for most
wins by an expansion team.
Al Hirt, the musical director for the Saints, played the National Anthem
before this first-ever season game. He would became a fixture at the games in Tulane Stadium, playing his horn for fans
as often as possible. The last Saints game ever played in the stadium was on December 8, 1974 when they won 14-0 over the St.
Other September 17 Saints highlights include the 1982 trade of veteran
quarterback Archie Manning to the Houston Oilers for T Leon Gray and the 2006 come-back win over the Green Bay Packers in
to open a season with back-to-back road victories for the first time in franchise history.
Danzinger Bridge Police Convictions Vacated
September 17, 2013
On August 5, 2011, a federal jury in New Orleans
convicted five police officers of myriad charges related to the cover-up and deprivation of civil rights in the Danzinger
Bridge shootings. The convictions were vacated on September 17, 2013 due to prosecutorial misconduct, and a new trial was
September 17-24, 2005
Rita hit South Florida and the Florida Keys as a Category
2 storm on September 20. As it moved away from Florida, Rita became Category 5. After weakening, Rita came ashore as
a Category 3 between Sabine Pass, Texas and Johnson Bayou, Louisiana at 2:30 a.m. CDT. Water from Rita came down the Intracoastal
Canal and water was also pushed in from the bays. The natural levees of the Intracoastal Canal that had been formed by dirt
when the Intracoastal Canal was dug had severely eroded over the years from barge traffic and they were breached. Eighty
percent of the homes in Erath, Vermilion Parish, LA were flooded, and serious flooding ocurred elsewhere in Cermilion Parish
as well as in Iberia and St. Mary Parishes.
On September 23, 2005, the outer bands of the
storm caused a breach in the Industrial Canal levee in New Orleans in the lower ninth ward causing re-flooding of the
area. The largest evacuation in Texas history was undertaken on September 22, 2005. The traffic was backed
up for 100 miles on IH-45; and, 24 elderly persons died on the morning on September 23, 2005 ten miles south of Dallas
when a bus exploded from oxygen tanks ignited by sparks from the brakes.
Bill Elder Dies
September 17, 2003
William Stanley Elder Jr. was born on January
28, 1938, grew up in Opelousas, and began a career in journalism there reporting for the Daily World. He moved on
to Lafayette's The Daily Advertiser, then started work in television at KATC-TV. From 1965 to 2000 Elderwas
an anchor and investigative reporter for the New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL-TV Channel 4. In 1998 he was diagnosed with
a brain tumor and reported his progess on Channel 4. Nicknamed the "Mike Wallace of Louisiana" he retired
in 2000 due to his illness and passed away September 17, 2003.
Jessie Hill Dies
September 17, 1996
Hill was born in New Orleans on December 9, 1932. In his teens played drums in local bands
and in 1951 he formed his own group, the House Rockers. After periods performing as drummer with Professor Longhair and then
Huey "Piano" Smith, Hill formed a new version of the House Rockers in 1958, which enabled him to focus on singing.
He wrote "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and recorded it at Cosimo Matassa's studio. Produced by
Allen Toussaint it was released in 1960 and became a favorite at Mardi Gras song, selling 800,000 copies and reaching the
Top 5 in the US Billboard R&B chart and a Top 30 slot in the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
origins of "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" were apparently created from a tune played by a local pianist who was known only
as Big Four. Hill wrote the lyrics and melody, later expanding the work with an intro taken from Dave Bartholomew. It was
further honed on stage, before being recorded.
Hill made subsequent but less successful
recordings in New Orleans before moving to California to work with fellow New Orleans musicians including Harold Battiste
and Mac (Dr. John) Rebennack. He wrote songs recorded by Ike and
Tina Turner, Sonny and Cher, and Willie Nelson. A 1972 solo album was unsuccessful,
and he began to suffer financial difficulties exacerbated by a drinking problem. These problems continued after his return
to New Orleans in 1977, and several benefit gigs did little to revive his personal or professional fortunes.
Hill died of heart and renal failure in New Orleans in September 1996, at the age of 63. Carrying on his
musical legacy are two of his grandsons are James and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews who performed "Ooh Poo
Pah Doo" in Episode 7 of the HBO series Treme.
"King of New Orleans"
September 17, 1996
"King of New Orleans" is the lead single from the 1996 Better Than Ezra studio album, Friction,
. It was released as a commercial single on September 17, 1996. "King of New Orleans" spent seventeen weeks
on the Billboard
Modern Rock Tracks chart, peaking at No. 5.
The single also reached No. 62 on the Billboard
Hot 100 Airplay chart.
Ashley Avery Ambrose is Born
September 17, 1970
New Orleans born -- is a former professional American football cornerback for several NFL
teams during the 1990s and early 2000s who is currently the defensive backs coach for the California Golden Bears football
Ambrose was a one time Pro Bowl selection in 1996 and AFC Defensive Back of the Year while he
was playing with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team for which he played from 1996-1998. He also played for the Indianapolis
Colts from 1992–1995, the New Orleans Saints in 1999 and again in 2003 and 2004 and for the Atlanta Falcons from 2000-2002.
He attended Mississippi Valley State University and has 42 career interceptions for 512 yards and three touchdowns.
Prior to the 2005 season, he tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ambrose was hired as a defensive
technical intern for the Colorado football team's 2008 season. In May
2009, head coach Dan Hawkins announced that Ambrose would take over as the wide receivers
coach in 2010. In 2011 he will be the Defensive Backs coach at California.
Seymour Weiss Dies
September 17, 1969
Prominent New Orleans hotel executive and civic leader Seymour Weiss, who was a close confidante of "The
Kingfish" Huey Pierce Long, Jr., was born in Bunkie on September 13, 1896. He moved to New Orleans in 1916 to clerk
in a shoe store. In 1923, he became the manager of a barbershop at the Grunewald Hotel built by owner Louis Grunewald in 1893.
In 1923, a consortium of local investors purchased the hotel and renamed it "The Roosevelt" in honor of President
Theodore Roosevelt, who had died four years earlier. In 1924 Weiss was appointed the assistant hotel manager. In 1928,
he was promoted to hotel manager. In 1931, Weiss was named president of the New Orleans Roosevelt Corp. From 1931–1965,
he was the principal owner and managing director of the Roosevelt. He sold it in 1965.
with Long began after meeting during the 1928 gubernatorial campaign and the governor made
the hotel his New Orleans headquarters. Legend is rife with stories of secret communications, rooms, and passageways
provided for Long by his friend. Weiss became treasurer of both the Louisiana Democratic Association and Long's secret
political fund. During the Depression, Weiss had control of federal relief funds in Louisiana. He was vice-president
of the Win or Lose Corp., a controversial oil company whose structure was devised by Huey Long. On Long's death, Weiss chaired
the Huey P. Long Memorial Commission. Weiss remained active in the Long machine until scandals swept through the organization.
In 1934, Weiss was indicted by a federal grand jury in New Orleans on tax evasion charges. He paid back taxes
after the charges were dropped. He was indicted again on tax evasion and mail fraud charges
growing out of the "Louisiana Scandals" of the late 1930s. He was convicted and imprisoned for sixteen months between
1940 and 1942, before he was paroled and ordered to pay back taxes. In 1947, he was given
a full and unconditional pardon by Democratic President Harry Truman.
was a member of the New Orleans Zoning Board and commissioner of the municipal fire and
police departments between 1932 and 1936. He was also president of the board of commissioners of the Port of New Orleans
from 1933–1938. He was active in the American Hotel Association and was president of the Louisiana Hotel-Motel and
the New Orleans Hotel associations. He won statewide awards for hotel management in 1952 and 1957. He was a director of
the New Orleans chapter of the American Red Cross, the Chamber
of Commerce, and the International Trade Mart. In 1968, Weiss chaired the committee for the 250th anniversary of the
founding of New Orleans. He was the chairman of the board of managers of Delgado College.
died of a heart attack at age 73 in Baton Rouge, where he had travelled for a meeting of
the State Department of Commerce and Industry, on September 17, 1969. Delgado classes were cancelled
and the graduation program was dedicted in his memory. The Times-Picayune editorial on September 19, 1969 stated, "His
death removes from the city one of its most prominent and effective leaders".
Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans
September 17, 1963
Lee Harvey Oswald obtained a tourist card good for one visit
to Mexico City from the Mexican consulate in New Orleans on September 17, 1963.
Theryl DeClouet is Born
September 17, 1951
Born in Hollygrove, also known as House Man, is a soul/R&B
singer, best known as the former lead vocalist for the musical group Galactic. He appeared on the band's first four studio
albums as well as a live release and a compilation before health concerns
forced his departure from the band and its heavy tour schedule. His latest independent solo release, The Truth Iz Out,
features support from longtime friendIvan Neville and guitarist June
Yamagishi of Papa Grows Funk. He also appeared on Charlie Hunter Quintet's 2001 album, Songs from the Analog Playground,
Hunter's first to feature vocals. DeClouet sang on versions of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Mighty Mighty" and the
Willie Dixon standard "Spoonful."
Former Dean of LSU Medical School Dies
September 17, 1941
Rigney D'Aunoy, physician, educator. Born, New Orleans, August
8, 1890; son of Joseph D'Aunoy and Zelina Chrétien. Education: Tulane University,
B. S., 1910; M. D., 1914. Never married. Assistant pathologist, New Orleans Dispensary, 1916-1917; assistant pathologist,
Charity Hospital, 1919-1924; pathologist, 1928-1939. Instructor in Pathology and Bacteriology, Tulane, 1919-1924; professor
of Pathology and Bacteriology, Louisiana State University, 1931-1938; dean, LSU Medical School, 1937. Died, New Orleans, September
17, 1941; interred St. Louis Cemetery II. From http://lahistory.org/site21.php
Murder at the Lee Circle Bar
September 17, 1939
On September 17, 1939 Philip Carey, an official of the National Maritime Union, was shot and killed just outside the Lee
Circle Bar. The alleged murderer, William C. McCuistion, later appeared as a witness in a Congressional investigation
into Communist influence in the union. He was still
at large when this phot of the interior of the Lee Circle Bar was taken on November 19, 1940. (From the New Orleans Public Library)
Louis Hall Nelson is Born
September 17, 1902
Nelson was born on September 17, 1902 at 1419-21 Touro Street. During the 1920s, he played with Buddy
Petit, Kid Rena, Kid Punch Miller, Sam Morgan, Chris Kelly, Papa Celestin, Willie Pajeaud, Kid Howard, Sidney Cates
and Kid Harris' Dixieland Band. During the late 1920s he joined the Sidney Desvigne Orchestra. which played for white
audiences at the New Orleans Country Club and the Southern Yacht Club. Monday and Tuesday nights were reserved for black
audiences at such venues as the Pythian Temple and the Bulls Aids and Pleasure Club. During his 15 years with Desvigne's
10 piece Orchestra, Nelson played for summer Mississippi River cruises on the steamer S.S. Capitol.
the Depression, he became first chair in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) band. Between engagements, he and fellow
musicians dug stumps for the City Park WPA expansion project. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy and became Musician 1st
Class at the U.S. Navy base in Memphis, Tennessee. After the war he returned to New Orleans and resumed playing with Sidney
In 1945 he joined Kid Thomas Valentine's band, playing at the Tip Top club,
Fireman's Hall in Westwego, and Speck's Moulin Rouge in Marrero. He also worked for the Herbert Leary Orchestra at
this time and kept day jobs as a driver for the post office, working as a fish merchant, chauffeuring, and working as a janitor.
In 1949, he recorded with clarinetist Big Eye Louis Nelson Delisle,
as well as Charlie Love, Johnny St. Cyr, Ernest Rogers, and Austin Young at his father's Touro Street house and recorded
by jazz historian Bill Russell of AM Records. He played at the Paddock Lounge and Dixieland Hall, both on Bourbon Street.
He was a regular player with the Preservation Hall band and travelled abroad as both a soloist and band member of the Billie
and De De Piece and Kid Thomas Valentine's bands. His travels, begining in 1963, included perfomances with the George
Lewis band in Japan, Eastern, Western Europe, South America, Australia, Canada and Mexico, as well as the United States.
His music can be heard on the soundtrack of the movie Pretty Baby (1978) starring Brooke Shields.
He can be seen in many New Orleans jazz documentaries, including Art Ford's House Party, Live the Jazz, Three Men of Jazz
and Till the Butcher Cut Him Down. In later years, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts he developed
a program in which he played for New Orleans public school students and discussed New Orleans jazz history. Lous
Nelson appeared at every New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival until his death on April 5, 1990 as result of a hit-and-run
Edward P. Benezech, soldier. Born, New Orleans, September 17, 1894; son of Henry Benezech and Camille
Felullon. Married Violet Herkinder. Three children. Enlisted in Washington Artillery, Louisiana National Guard, December
1915. Served on Mexican border, World War I & II. Commander, Washington Artillery, 1939-1941. Died, New Orleans,
May 13, 1967; interred St. Louis Cemetery III. TAG, LA Source: Military records, Jackson Barracks Library, compiled by
Mary B. Oalmann, military historian. From http://lahistory.org/site19.php
Hurricane Danages Steamboat Natchez
September 17-18th, 1875
On the 17th, a strong south wind developed across Louisiana
as this hurricane made landfall near Indianola, Texas. At Calcasieu and Lake Charles, the wind shifted and blew with "terrific
force". Tides at Shell Island were higher than during the Isle Dernieres disaster in 1856. At New Orleans, this
squall came in and increased the winds to 36 mph. The pressure fell to 29.30" at Southwest Pass at noon on the 18th.
The squall at New Orleans did a number on the steamer Natchez. It collided with the ferry Louise, linked up with the
boat, and drifted down the Mississippi. After brushing past the C. H. Durfee and Belle Rowland, the steamer was re-secured.
The Greenleaf dragged its anchor and went ashore.