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September 11th

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World Trade Towers

World Trade Towers

1918... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is formed in Great Britain with the merging of the Royal Flying Corps  and the Royal Naval Air Service. The need for a stronger air force became apparent to England during WWI when German air raids caused extensive damage to English cities. British pilots found themselves ill-prepared to fight against the German ace pilots.

1814...The US Fleet, under Commander Thomas Macdonough, stops British ships on Lake Champlain, and saves New York from invasion.

1971...Donny Osmond launches his solo professional career with the #1 hit on the pop charts Go Away Little Girl.

2001...The Trade Towers in New York City 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 headed toward Washington, D.C. is brought down by passengers who decide to fight the terrorists.

September 12th

William Boyd

William Boyd

1953...Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, a photographer for the Washington Times, marries Senator John F. Kennedy in Newport, Rhode Island.

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 Soviet Union.

1972...Actor William Boyd, who portrayed the fictional cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy, dies after a 40 year career in both making B-Movies and staring in television series.

September 13th

Robert Feller

Robert Feller

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 Mexican-American War General Winfield Scott's troops storms the fortress Chapultepec in Mexico City.

1936...The 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.

September 14

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan

1927...Famous dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled to death in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcap of her convertible automobile.

1959...The Soviet Union is the first country to land a rocket on the moon. 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.

September 15th

Marilyn Monroe over subway vent

Marilyn Monroe

1954...The Marilyn Monroe skirt scene over the subway vent is filmed during the making of the movie The Seven Year Itch. Her husband, Joe DiMaggio, is not pleased with the scene.

1959...Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet head of state to visit the United States He is unhappy when due to security reasons he could not visit Disneyland.

1978...Boxer Mohamed Ali beats Leon Spinks in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the first fighter to win the Heavyweight Title three times.

September 16th


Kelsey Grammer

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 passes in Congress by wide margins in both the House and Senate.  This is the first military draft in peace time in United States history.

1993...Frasier, a TV spinoff of the long running mega-hitCheers 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.

September 17th

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

1787...The US Constitution is signed by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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.  At the end of the day 23,000 soldiers 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.

September 18th

Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens

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 batters. This matches his major league record set ten years earlier when he was just 23.

September 19th

Ted Kaczynski

Ted Kaczynski

1957...The United States detonates a nuclear weapon underground sixty-six  miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first fully underground blast. It produces no radioactive fallout.

1985...An 8.1 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 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.

September 20th

Bobby Rigs and Billy Jean King

Bobby and Billy Jean King

1519...In an effort to find a western sea route to Spice Island of Indonesia, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Spain with five 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 French Riviera, the first annual Cannes Film Festival opens.

973...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 Sexes.

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