Today is Sunday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2011. There are 111 days left in the year. This is Patriot Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
Ten years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, America saw its worst day of terrorism as 19 al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four passenger jetliners. Two smashed into New York's World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall; one jetliner plowed into the Pentagon; and the fourth was crashed into a field in western Pennsylvania. In all, nearly 3,000 people were killed.
On this date:
In 1777, during the American Revolution, forces under Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British in the Battle of Brandywine.
In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.
In 1857, the Mountain Meadows Massacre took place in present-day southern Utah as a 120-member Arkansas immigrant party was slaughtered by Mormon militiamen aided by Paiute Indians.
In 1911, California State University, Fresno, was established as Fresno State Normal School.
In 1936, Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) began operation as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator.
In 1941, groundbreaking took place for the Pentagon, now headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. In a speech that drew accusations of anti-Semitism, Charles A. Lindbergh told an America First rally in Des Moines, Iowa, that "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were pushing the United States toward war.
In 1961, Hurricane Carla struck the coast of Texas as a Category 4 storm; Carla was blamed for 46 deaths in Texas, Louisiana, Kansas and Missouri.
In 1971, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.
In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende (ah-YEN'-day) died in a violent military coup.
In 2003, actor John Ritter died six days before his 55th birthday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. _ the same hospital where he was born in 1948.
Five years ago: The nation paused to remember the victims of 9/11 on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. In a prime-time address, President George W. Bush invoked the memory of the victims as he staunchly defended the war in Iraq, though he acknowledged that Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
One year ago: Speaking at the Pentagon, President Barack Obama appealed to the nation to honor the memory of the Sept. 11 victims by hewing to the values of diversity and tolerance. In New York, a morning ceremony of remembrance gave way to an afternoon of protests and counter-protests over a proposed Islamic center near ground zero. A gunman in rural eastern Kentucky killed five people before turning the shotgun on himself. Kim Clijsters won a second consecutive U.S. Open championship and third overall, easily beating Vera Zvonareva (zvahn-uh-RAY'-vuh) 6-2, 6-1. Actor Kevin McCarthy, 96, died in Hyannis, Mass.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Betsy Drake is 88. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, is 87. Actor Earl Holliman is 83. Comedian Tom Dreesen is 72. Movie director Brian De Palma is 71. Rock singer-musician Jack Ely (The Kingsmen) is 68. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 68. Singer-musician Leo Kottke is 66. Actor Phillip Alford is 63. Actress Amy Madigan is 61. Rock singer-musician Tommy Shaw (Styx) is 58. Sports reporter Lesley Visser is 58. Actor Reed Birney is 57. Singer-songwriter Diane Warren is 55. Musician Jon Moss (Culture Club) is 54. Actor Scott Patterson is 53. Rock musician Mick Talbot (The Style Council) is 53. Actress Roxann Dawson is 53. Actor John Hawkes is 52. Actress Anne Ramsay is 51. Actress Virginia Madsen is 50. Actress Kristy McNichol is 49. Musician-composer Moby is 46. Business reporter Maria Bartiromo is 44. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 44. Rock musician Bart Van Der Zeeuw is 43. Actress Taraji (tuh-RAH'-jee) P. Henson is 41. Actress Laura Wright is 41. Rock musician Jeremy Popoff (Lit) is 40. Blogger Markos Moulitsas is 40. Singer Brad Fischetti (LFO) is 36. Rapper Mr. Black is 34. Rock musician Jon Buckland (Coldplay) is 34. Rapper Ludacris is 34. Rock singer Ben Lee is 33. Actor Ryan Slattery is 33. Actor Tyler Hoechlin (HEK'-lihn) is 24. Country singer Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) is 30.
Thought for Today: "A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer." _ Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and essayist (1803-1882).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, Sept. 11)
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