The beloved Prom Night Headquarters,
the Bali-Hai at Pontchartrain Beach was originally opened as "The Beach Comber"
in 1958. One year later it was re-christened the "Bali-Hai". This advertisement ran in the September 21, 1958 edition of the Times-Picayune.
"Papa Jack" Laine is Born September
21, 1873 ______
Born on this date in 1873, George Vital "Papa Jack" Lainewas a pioneering band leader in New Orleans in the years from the Spanish-American War
to World War I. He is often credited with being instrumental in the
development of jazz music as his Reliance Brass Band was the first to fuse European, African and Latin music together. The
earliest jazz musicians can be traced back to playing within the Reliance Brass Band or being influenced from those who
Many of the New Orleans musicians who first spread jazz around the
United States in the 1910s and 1920s got their start in Laines band, including the members of the Original Dixieland Jass
Band. Laine was a drummer, but was more noted for his skills at arranging and booking bands. Laine's musicians included
individuals from most of New Orleans' many ethnic groups such as African American, English, French, German, Italian, Jewish,
Latin American, Scottish, and more. Laine started leading bands in 1885 before the Jim Crow codes
went into effect in New Orleans. Due to the diverse background of
many of his bands members such as their cultural background, socioeconomic status, age variations from young to old as well
as musical experience (some having none at all) a broad range of ideas were developed and fused together leading to the
early beginnings of jazz music.
Even after segregation laws started demanding "whites" and "colored" be kept separate,
Laine continued to hire light- and medium light-skinned African-American musicians, claiming
that they were "Cuban" or "Mexican" if any segregationist tried to start trouble. As such his band attracted
a large and diverse group of people such as Mexican clarinetist Lorenzo Tio Sr who was a pioneer of the jazz solo. Laine
believed music brought people together.
retired from the music booking business by 1920, but he was interviewed a number of times, providing first hand accounts
of the early days of the development of New Orleans jazz. He had hired well over 100 musicians
to play in his bands. "Papa Jack" died on June 1, 1966.
1920 L Hurricane September 21, 1920 ______
.Once in the Gulf of Mexico, the storm quickly
intensified as it moved towards the north-northwest, reaching its peak intensity as a Category 2
hurricane with winds of 100 mph prior to making landfall near Houma with no change in intensity. People along
Lake Ponchartrain evacuated into New Orleans, causing hotels to overflow and forcing refugees
to take shelter in other public buildings including post offices after waves over the seawall at West End and
Spanish Fort were accompanied by 25 mph winds with gusts of 50-60 mph. All New Orleans
hotels were full and refugees also samped in the Custom House, the public library, and other public buildings on night of
Tuesday, September 21.
City Park Stadium Reopens September 21, 2006 ______
City Park Stadium reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 with the playing field re-named
Reggie Bush Field after the Saints football star donated $80,000 for its repair so high school teams could play there again.
The first post-Katrina event was the LHSAA game on September 21, 2006 pitting the Brother Martin Crusaders against the Higgins
High Hurricanes. The stadium/field has been the race party venue of the Crescent City Classic since 2000 as it was in the
March following Katrina. 2006 brought the reopening of the Driving Range, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
(which only ran during Celebration in the Oaks in 2006 but reopened fully in 2007.
MLBs Gary George Gray is Born September 21, 1952 ______
Gary George Gray, born in New
Orleans on this date in 1952, was a Major League Baseball first baseman who played parts of six seasons from 1977 until
1982 for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and Seattle Mariners.
Southern University at New Orleans Opens September 21, 1959 ______
Southern University at New Orleans was
founded as a branch unit of Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (Southern University) in Baton
Rouge by Act 28 of the Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature of September 4, 1956. On September 21, 1959 SUNO
opened its doors on a 17-acre site located in historic Pontchartrain Park, a subdivision
of primarily African American single-family residences in eastern New Orleans.
Established as an
open community of learners, classes began with 158 freshmen, one building and a faculty of fifteen. The University offered
ten courses in four academic disciplines, including Humanities, Science, Social Science and Commerce. The first graduation
took place in May 1963 when baccalaureate degrees were awarded to 15 graduates.
Bernardo de Gálvez September 21, 1779 _____
Spanish colonel Bernardo
de Gálvez defeated the British colonial forces at Manchac, Baton Rouge, and
Natchez in 1779 -- the Battle of Baton Rouge on September 21, 1779 freed the lower Mississippi Valley of British forces
and relieved the threat to New Orleans, the capital of Louisiana. He was later appointed the interim governor of the Louisiana territory. Galvez Street in New Orleans is named for him.
Katrina Aftermath Wednesday, September 21, 2005 _____
The official death toll was raised to 1,036,
with 63 additional deaths recognized in Louisiana. This marked the first time since 1928 that a natural disaster in the
U.S. had been officially acknowledged to have killed at least 1,000 people. State-by-state death tolls: Louisiana 799, Mississippi
218, Florida 14, Alabama 2, Georgia 2, Tennessee 1.
By September 21, 2005, the Army Corps of Engineers had begun closing two damaged canals at noon in preparation
for storm surges associated with Hurricane Rita. The 17th Street and London Avenue Canals were closed with steel sheet
piling by evening and remained closed until the threat of severe weather passed. Steel sheets would be driven deep into the
canal beds near Lake Pontchartrain, providing protection from possible storm surges from the lake rushing into the damaged
More than 800 filled sandbags were on hand, and an additional 2,500 ordered. Work continued
around the clock to make emergency repairs to damaged canal walls and levees.
Journalist Dean P. Baquet is Born September 21, 1956 ______
Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist Dean P. Baquet was born in New Orleans
on this day in 1956. Baquet had held positions at the Times as an assistant managing editor, Washington bureau
chief, and is currently managing editor for news at The New York Times. He previously held the positions of managing
editor of the Los Angeles Times before becoming the editor of that newspaper. From 1995 to 2000, he was national editor of
The New York Times. Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988 for a
piece on corruption in the Chicago City Council.
Bishop Clarence Duhart Born March 23, 1912 ______
New Orleans born Clarence James Duhart was the first Catholic
bishop of the Diocese of Undon Thani in the region of Isan, Thailand from 1965-1975. He died on September 21, 1998.
State Capital Moves From New Orleans September 21, 1847
On September 21, 1847, the City of Baton Rouge donated to the state of Louisiana
a $20,000 parcel of land for a state capitol building, taking the seat of the capitol away from the City of New Orleans.
Submitted for Marion Abramson High School
September 21, 1965
Born in New York City on August 29, 1905, Marion
Pfeifer Abramson was raised in New Orleans, attended Isidore Newman School and graduated from Sophie Newcomb College in 1925.
She was editor of the Newcomb/Tulane Hulaballoo student newspaper and Ghost-wrote newspaper columns for football end Jerry
Dalrymple ("My End of It" -- which several times appeared in the Saturday Evening Post) and Tulane back
Don Zimmerman ("Back Talk").
She married Louis Abramson Jr. in June 1925.
They had one child, Lucie Lee, who grew up to follow in her mother's footsteps regarding service to the community.
After World War II Marion became a member of the national board of the American Association of University Women and later
served as president of the New Orleans chapter. She served on the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee in 1946,
as a member of the Independent Women's Organization, and was elected in 1959 to serve as Orleans Parish Democratic Executive
Committeewoman for Ward 14.
During the 1950s she began planning for an educational television station
for New Orleans. Her project was brought to fruition on October 23, 1957, when National Educational Television (NET) station
WYES opened with Marion as Chairperson of board of directors of the Greater New Orleans Educational Television Association.
WYES-TV signed on the air on April 1, 1957 as the twelfth educational television station in the nation. In 1970, the station
swapped frequency allocations with another local station, thus becoming Channel 12.
21, 1965 August Perez and Associates submitted plans for the design of Marion Abramson High School at 5500 Reed Road in
New Orleans East. Several weeks later, after a life of community service, Marion Abramson died on November 30, 1965, knowing
that her name would live on in association with education.
The grainy newspaper photograph to
the right is from the Friday, July 29, 1960 edition of the Times-Picayune. It pictures the members of the Board of Trustees
of the Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation. It was captioned: Members of the board are (from left, seated)
Mrs. Abramson, James W. Ganus, Mrs. Walter Carroll Jr. (standing) Dr. Mayo L. Emory, T. Sterling Dunn, and Francis C. Doyle.
The related article described a meeting of the group at the International House where Nash C. Roberts presided as President
of the Board of Trustees. The foundation was planning a two-hour (6-8 p.m.), 1500 women-strong, door-to-door fund-raiser
and membership drive ($5 membership) to hopefully raise $25,000.
http://lahistory.org/site18.php. The Times-Picayune, and WYES-TV.