Today in History

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Posted: Sep 18, 2011 12:01 AM
Today in History

Today is Sunday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2011. There are 104 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 18, 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM'-ahr-shoold) was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.

On this date:

In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

In 1810, Chile made its initial declaration of independence from Spain with the forming of a national junta.

In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of federal commissioners charged with returning escaped slaves to their owners.

In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its on-air debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.

In 1931, an explosion in the Chinese city of Mukden damaged a section of Japanese-owned railway track; Japan, blaming Chinese nationalists for the blast, invaded Manchuria the next day.

In 1947, the National Security Act, which created a National Military Establishment, went into effect.

In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

In 1981, a museum honoring former President Gerald R. Ford was dedicated in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ten years ago: A week after the Sept. 11 attack, President George W. Bush said he hoped to "rally the world" in the battle against terrorism and predicted that all "people who love freedom" would join. Letters postmarked Trenton, N.J., that later tested positive for anthrax were sent to the New York Post and NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw. Boeing Co. announced plans to lay off up to 30,000 commercial airplane employees by the end of 2002.

Five years ago: An Iranian-American telecommunications entrepreneur, Anousheh Ansari (ah-NOO'-shuh an-SAH'-ree), took off on a Russian rocket bound for the international space station, becoming the world's first paying female space tourist. Aboard the space station, an oxygen generator overheated and spilled a toxic irritant, forcing the crew to don masks and gloves in the first emergency ever declared aboard the 8-year-old orbiting outpost.

One year ago: Despite Taliban rocket strikes and bombings, Afghans voted for a new parliament in the first election since a fraud-marred ballot cast doubt on the legitimacy of the embattled government. During his visit to Britain, Pope Benedict XVI apologized to five people who were molested by priests as children in his latest effort to defuse the sex abuse crisis shaking the Roman Catholic Church.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 78. Actor Robert Blake is 78. Former Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, is 78. Actor Eddie Jones is 77. Actor Fred Willard is 72. Singer Frankie Avalon is 71. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 62. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 61. Basketball coach Rick Pitino is 59. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 56. Movie director Mark Romanek is 52. Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is 52. Actor James Gandolfini is 50. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 50. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 49. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 44. Actress Aisha Tyler is 41. Racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is 40. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 40. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 40. Actor James Marsden is 38. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 37. Actor Travis Schuldt (TV: "Scrubs") is 37. Rapper Xzibit is 37. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 36. Actress Sophina Brown is 35. Actor Barrett Foa is 34. TV personality Sara Haines is 34. Actress Alison Lohman is 32. Actors Brandon and Taylor Porter are 18. Actor C.J. Sanders is 15.

Thought for Today: "If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow." _ Chinese proverb.

(Above Advance for Use Sunday, Sept. 18)

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