This Weekend In History…


September 17, 1972

The TV show M*A*S*H premieres. It was almost cancelled due to poor initial ratings. However, it grew in popularity and the series finale was the most watched single U.S. TV episode in history up to that point, seen by 125 million viewers.

Jimi Hendrix Chokes to Death on His Own Vomit

September 18, 1970

The coroner would rule that the legendary singer Jimi Hendrix aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates. His girlfriend later revealed that Hendrix had taken nine of her prescribed Vesparax sleeping tablets, 18 times the recommended dosage. He had been the highest-paid act at Woodstock the previous year.

Simon and Garfunkel Reunion

September 19, 1981

400,000 people gather in New York’s Central Park when Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite after an 11-year split.