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Fun Fact September 11, 2020.

11 September 2020


When we say this date in numerical form we all remember the events that happened in 2001.  I wondered what else might have happened on this date in history.  Turns out, a lot.  For instance, it was on this date in 1847 that the song “Oh Susanna” was performed in public for the first time.  It happened at Andrew’s Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, PA.  The song was written by Stephen Foster, possibly for his men’s social club.  He wrote the song in tribute to his deceased sister, Charlotte, who’s middle name was Susanna.  There were many groups and individuals who filed copyrights on the song.  It’s popularity lead the publishing firm of Firth, Pond and Company to offer Foster a royalty rate of two cents per copy of sheet music sold, convincing him to become the first fully professional song writer in the United States.  Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.