Today in FTW history: September 21

Cue Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” and step back in time with these major local headlines.


Let’s take a bird’s eye view of Panther City’s past Septembers.

“Do you remember / The 21st night of September?”

Whether you’re an Earth, Wind & Fire fan or not, you’ve definitely heard this song — usually on repeat through the second half of this month.

We’re looking back at some of the major September 21st headlines throughout Fort Worth’s history. While we’re not pretenders when it comes to news, in these fun highlights, Cowtown never [had] a cloudy day.

1907 | Lehman-Snell Company hosted a major real estate sale, offering 68 lots for $125-$225 each. The 6,250-sqft lots were just one block off the Hemphill Street Car line and could be purchased with just $10 down.

1921 | Panther Park was “besieged by loyal fans” who couldn’t wait to see the opening game of the Dixie Series. Fans lined up seven hours in advance to witness the Panther vs. Chickasaw game that brought in the largest baseball crowd that Fort Worth had seen to date.

1940 | John and Henry Ringling North sent $25 to the Forest Park Zoo to help offset the cost of a baby elephant. The leaders of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus chipped in after they heard a group of local school children were raising money for the animal.

1966 | The Texas Highway Commission ordered the purchase of a 12.6-mile right of way in south Tarrant County. The $2.9 million purchase became the building block for I-20 to connect Fort Worth and Dallas.

1988 | An American Airlines crew saved 88 lives after crash landing at DFW Airport when the jetliner’s landing gear failed to extend. The Boeing 727-700 hit the runway and skidded for one mile at 100 mph — thankfully no one was seriously injured.

2001 | The Amon Carter Museum of Art announced the acquisition of seven major American works by artists John Singer Sargent, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Stuart Davis, and Frederic Remington.

2023 | You read this article — and that’s pretty dang good news to us.