On this day: September 25

Published On: Sep 24 2012 06:06:42 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 25 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

A European sees the Pacific Ocean for the first time, Congress passes the Bill of Rights, the Little Rock Nine get a U.S. Army escort to school, and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham dies, all on this day.

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1961: The drama "The Hustler," starring Paul Newman as small-time pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson and Jackie Gleason as legendary pool player "Minnesota Fats," premieres in Washington, D.C. The film would go on to earn nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Newman, Best Supporting Actor for both Gleason and George C. Scott and Best Actress for Piper Laurie. However, it won only for its art direction and cinematography.


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