September 8 – Star Trek, JFK Center, Ultravox


Gene Roddenberry‘s US television sci-fi program
Star Trek premieres.


The show – wisely filmed by Desilu – barely lasts three seasons (79 episodes) thanks to TV executive thickheadedness.

Capt. Kirk: What can you expect from a simpering, devil-eared freak whose father was a computer and his mother an encyclopedia.

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Opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Located on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., it annually hosts approximately 2,000 performances.

I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.
— inscribed words spoken in 1962


British new wave band Ultravox release their 3rd album Systems of Romance.

It’s often said to be the first synthpop album. Sounding awkward now, it’s certainly influential, with singles Slow Motion and Quiet Men onboard. Produced by Kraftwerk producer Connie Plank , the album fails to chart.

Frontman John Foxx leaves the band. The group records 7 more studio albums, scoring many top-20 hits in Europe – 1980’s UK#2 Vienna and 1984’s UK#3 Dancing with Tears in My Eyes, for example … while US interest remains zero.

Aussie vocalist Kylie Minogue releases awesome dance-pop smash hit Can’t Get You Out of My Head, which goes to #1 in 40 countries! In the US it becomes Minogue’s first top-10 since 1988’s cover of 1962 Little Eva hit Loco-Motion.