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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
World Trade Towers
1814...The US Fleet, under Commander Thomas
MacDonough, stops British ships on Lake Champayne and saves New York from
1971...Donny Osmond launches his
solo professional career with the #1 hit on pop charts "Go Away Little
Trade Towers in New York
are brought down by Islamic Terrorists with hijacked airliners that are used as
bombs. The Pentagon is also hit, and heroes are made as another flight is
brought down by passengers.
1953...Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, a photographer for the Washington Times, marries
John F. Kennedy in New Port, Rhode Island.
1953...Six months after the death of Soviet 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
cowboy hero Hopalong
Cassidy, dies after 40 years in B-Movies and
1814...Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music
and in 1931 becomes America's National Anthem The Star Spangled Banner.
1847...In the last major battle of the Mexican-American War
General Winfield Scott's forces storms the fortress Chapultepec in Mexico City.
1936...The Cleveland Indian's pitching ace, "Rapid" Robert
Feller, strikes out 17 batters setting a new American League record at the age
of just 17 years old.
1927...Famous dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled to death in Nice, France,
enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcap of
1959...The first man-made object sent from the earth to the
moon is achieved
as a Soviet rocket crashes into the
This was to be another short-lived advantage in the "space race" with the USA.
1968...Denny McLain, of the Detroit, Tigers, becomes baseball's first 30 game
winner since 1938. No one has achieved this feat since them.
1954...The famous Marilyn Monroe skirt scene over the
vent is filmed during the making of the move Seven Year Itch.
Husband Joe DiMaggio was not amused.
1959...Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet head of state
to visit the United States. He is not pleased he could not visit Disneyland due to
1978...Boxer Mohamed Ali beats Leon Spinks in New Orleans to win
the Heavyweight Title for the 3rd time, the only
fighter ever to do so.
1932...In his jail cell near Bombay,
Mahatma Gandhi begins a
hunger strike to protest the British decision to separate India's electoral
system by caste. The British capitulate six days later.
1940...The Burke-Wadsworth Act is passed in
Congress by wide
margins in the House and Senate. This is the first peace time
draft in US history.
TV spinoff of the long running mega-hit
Cheers and starring Kelsey Grammer, makes its debut on NBC. It will air for 11 years and win many
The Constitutional Convention
US Constitution is signed by the delegates at the
Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA at the conclusion of the
Convention. The next step is for
The Constitution to be ratified by at
least 9 of the 13 states.
1862...The bloodiest single day in American military history
begins as Confederate and Union Troops clash at Maryland's Antietam Creek,
causing 23,000 wounded or dead
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...As he prepares for his new role as
architect of a new democratic and free enterprise postwar Japan, General
Douglas McArthur moves his Command Headquarters to Tokyo.
1996...Roger Clemens, of the Boston Red Sox,
strikes out 20 hitters, matching his major league record first accomplished
ten years earlier at age twenty-three.
1957...The US detonates a
nuclear weapon underground 66 miles north of Las Vegas, NV. It is the first
fully underground blast and it produced no radioactive fallout.
earthquake strikes Mexico City leaving 10,000 people dead, 30,000 injured,
and thousands more homeless.
1995...The Unabomber manifesto, an anti-technology terrorist
rant, is published by the NY Times and Washington Post. The
writing style was recognized by David Kaczynski, who alerted authorities who
caught his brother Ted, but not before his
mail bombs killed 8 and injured 23.
Bobby Rigs & Billy
1519...In an effort to find a western sea route to Spice Island of Indonesia,
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain with five
1946...At the resort city of Cannes, on the French Riviera, the first annual
Film Festival opens.
1973...Fifty-five year old Bobby Riggs, a men's
tennis champion of the 1940's is defeated by 29 year old, top woman player,
Billy Jean King in an exhibition match hyped as the "battle of the sexes."
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