World Trade Towers
1814...The US Fleet, under Commander Thomas
ships on Lake Champlain, and saves
1971...Donny Osmond launches his
solo professional career with the #1 hit on the pop charts Go Away Little
Trade Towers in
New York City
are brought down by Islamic Terrorists with hijacked
airliners that are used as
is also hit, and heroes are made as another flight
Washington, D.C. is
brought down by passengers who decide to fight the terrorists.
1953...Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, a photographer for the Washington Times, marries
John F. Kennedy in Newport,
1953...Six months after the death of Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev
wins the election to become secretary of the Communist Party and leader of the
1972...Actor William Boyd, who portrayed the fictional
Cassidy, dies after a 40 year career in both making B-Movies and staring in
1814...Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music.
In 1931 the song becomes America's National Anthem. It is called The Star Spangled Banner.
1847...In the last major battle of the
General Winfield Scott's troops storms the fortress Chapultepec in
Cleveland Indian's pitching ace,
Rapid Robert Feller, strikes out seventeen batters. He sets a new
strikeout record in the American League. He is only 17-years-old.
1927...Famous dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled to death in Nice,
silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcap of
is the first country to land a
rocket on the
United States becomes increasingly concerned with their advanced technology
and quickly catches and up and surpasses them in space.
1968...Denny McLain, of the Detroit, Tigers, wins 30 games. No player has
won 30 games since 1938.
1954...The Marilyn Monroe skirt scene over the
vent is filmed during the making of the
movie The Seven Year Itch.
Joe DiMaggio, is not pleased with the scene.
1959...Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first
head of state
to visit the
He is unhappy when due to security reasons he could not visit Disneyland.
1978...Boxer Mohamed Ali beats Leon Spinks in
He is the first
the Heavyweight Title three times.
jail cell near Bombay,
Mahatma Gandhi begins a
hunger strike to protest the British decision to separate India's electoral
system by caste. The
capitulate six days later.
1940...The Burke-Wadsworth Act is passes in
by wide margins in both the
Senate. This is the first
peace time in
spinoff of the long running mega-hit
Cheers makes its debut on NBC. The show stars Kelsey Grammer. The
show will air for eleven years and be the recipient of numerous Emmy awards.
The Constitutional Convention
US Constitution is signed by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention
at the conclusion of the Convention. The next step is for
The Constitution to be ratified by at least 9 of the 13
1862...The bloodiest single day in American
military history begins as Confederate and Union
troops clash at
Antietam Creek. At the end of the day 23,000
will be dead or wounded.
1983...Twenty-year-old Vanessa Williams becomes the first
African American to win the Miss America Pageant. Despite a scandal causing her
resignation, she goes on to launch a successful
singing and acting career.
1793...The cornerstone of the
United States Capitol Building, the home of the Legislative Branch of
government, is laid by
President George Washington.
1945...General Douglas McArthur moves his Command Headquarters
to Tokyo. He will be the
architect of a new democratic and free enterprise postwar Japan,
1996...Roger Clemens, of the Boston Red Sox,
strikes out 20 hitters. This matches his major league record set ten
years earlier when he was just 23.
United States detonates a
nuclear weapon underground sixty-six miles north of
Nevada. It is the first fully underground blast. It
produces no radioactive fallout.
earthquake strikes Mexico City leaving 10,000 people dead, 30,000 injured,
and thousands more
1995...The Unabomber manifesto, an anti-technology terrorist
rant, is published by the
NY Times and
writing style is recognized by the Unabomber's brother, David Kaczynski.
He alerts authorities and they catch the bomber, but not before his
mail bombs kill eight people and injure twenty-three.
Bobby and Billy Jean King
1519...In an effort to find a western sea route to Spice Island of
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from
ships. He loses four of them, and his own life, but one of his ships becomes
the first ship to sail around the world.
1946...At the resort city of Cannes, on the
Riviera, the first annual Cannes
Film Festival opens.
1973...Fifty-five year old Bobby Riggs, a men's
tennis champion of the 1940s, is defeated by 29 year old Billy Jean King, a
top female player. They play an exhibition match hyped as the Battle of the
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