Today in History Today is Sunday, September 19, the 262nd day of 2021. There are 103 days left in…
Today in history
Today is Sunday, September 19, the 262nd day of 2021. There are 103 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s story:
On September 19, 1796, President George Washington’s farewell speech was published. In it, the first US chief executive advised: “Observe good faith and justice to all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
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In 1777, the first battle of Saratoga took place during the War of Independence; although British forces succeeded in driving out American troops, the Americans won a second battle the following month.
In 1881, the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield, died two and a half months after being shot by Charles Guiteau; Chester Alan Arthur became president.
In 1945, Nazi radio propagandist William Joyce, known as “Lord Haw-Haw”, was convicted of treason and sentenced to death by a British court.
In 1957, the United States conducted its first contained underground nuclear test, named “Rainier”, in the Nevada desert.
In 1984, Britain and China reached a draft agreement on the transfer of Hong Kong from British rule to Chinese rule by 1997.
In 1985, the Mexico City area was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed at least 9,500 people.
In 1986, federal health officials announced that the investigational drug AZT would be made available to thousands of AIDS patients.
In 1995, the New York Times and the Washington Post published Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s (kah-ZIHN’-skee) manifesto, which was found to be instrumental in identifying and capturing him.
In 1996, IBM announced that it would extend health benefits to the partners of its gay employees.
In 2001, the Pentagon ordered dozens of advanced planes in the Persian Gulf region as the time for military retaliation against the deadly 9/11 terrorist attacks drew near.
In 2004, Hu Jintao (hoo jin-tow) became the undisputed leader of China with the departure of former President Jiang Zemin (jahng zuh-MEEN ‘) from his highest military post.
In 2008, struggling to avert financial catastrophe, the Bush administration introduced a sweeping bailout calling for a takeover of half a trillion dollars or more of worthless mortgages and other bad debt held by shaky institutions. Relieved investors drove stocks up on Wall Street and around the world.
Ten years ago: In a speech to the White House, a combative president, Barack Obama, demanded that the richest Americans pay higher taxes to help reduce by more than $ 3 trillion the growing deficits of the United States. Mariano Rivera set a major league record with his 602nd save, ending the New York Yankees 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Dolores Hope, who was married to Bob Hope for 69 years and sometimes sang on her shows for American troops and on her television specials, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 102.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (HY’-dahr ahl ah-BAH’-dee), meeting on the sidelines of a United Nations summit, warned the Islamic State group that they planned to take back the city of Mosul within a few months. World leaders gathered at the United Nations endorsed a declaration aimed at providing a more coordinated and humane response to the refugee crisis which was straining resources and fueling divisions around the world. Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences.
A year ago: President Donald Trump urged the Republican-led Senate to consider his next appointment “without delay” to fill the vacant Supreme Court post created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in just six weeks before the elections. A law enforcement official said authorities intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the castor poison. (A Canadian woman was later arrested while attempting to enter the United States near Buffalo, New York, and charged with uttering threats against President Donald Trump while sending the package; she pleaded not guilty. Demonstrators have taken to the streets of London, Tel Aviv and other cities to protest restrictions on coronaviruses, even with infection rates on the rise in many places and the global death toll approaching million.
Today’s Birthdays: Author Roger Angell is 101 years old. Actress Rosemary Harris is 94 years old. Actor David McCallum is 88 years old. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams is 81 years old. Singer Bill Medley is 81 years old. Singer Sylvia Tyson (Ian and Sylvia) is 81 years old. R&B singer Freda Payne is 79 years old. Retired professional golfer Jane Blalock is 76 years old. Singer David Bromberg is 76 years old. Actor Randolph Mantooth is 76 years old. Singer and rock musician Lol Creme (10cc) is 74 years old. Former NFL running back Larry Brown is 74. Actor Jeremy Irons is 73 years old. Actor Twiggy Lawson is 72 years old. TV personality Joan Lunden is 71 years old. Singer-producer Daniel Lanois (lan-WAH ‘) is 70 years old. Actor Scott Colomby is 69 years old. Musician-producer Nile Rodgers is 69 years old. Singer-actor Rex Smith is 66 years old. Rock singer Lita Ford is 63 years old. Actor Kevin Hooks is 63 years old. Actress Carolyn McCormick is 62. Celebrity chef Mario Batali is 61 years old. Actor-comedian Cheri Oteri is 59 years old. Country singer Jeff Bates is 58 years old. Country singer Trisha Yearwood is 57 years old. O’Brien is 55 years old. Celebrity chef Michael Symon is 52 years old. Actor Victor Williams is 51 years old. Sanaa Lathan (suh-NAH ‘LAY’-thun) is 50 years old. Actor Stephanie J. Block is 49 years old. Rock singer A. Jay Popoff (Lit) is 48 years old. “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon is 47 years old. TV personality Carter Oosterhouse is 45. TV host Alison Sweeney is 45 years old. Folk-rock singer-musicians Sara and Tegan (TEE’-gan) Quin are 41 years old. Actor Columbus Short is 39 years old. Rapper Eamon is 38 years old. Actor Kevin Zegers is 37 years old. Actress Danielle Panabaker is 34 years old. Actress Katrina Bowden is 33 years old.
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