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On This Day ....
In History

Information about a few dates in history.

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September 17, 2014

2011 - Occupy Wall Street, a people-powered movement to protest America's increasing wealth gap, is launched in Manhattan's Financial District.
1984 - 17 years to the day after hitting his first home run, Reggie Jackson blasts his 500th homer.
1983 - For the first time an African-American contestant, Vanessa Williams, wins Miss America.
1981 - Los Angeles Dodgers rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela throws record eighth shutout of the season.
1978 - Israel & Egypt sign Camp David Accords.
1976 - NASA's first space shuttle Enterprise is revealed to the public.
1964 - The Supremes release the song "Baby Love" under the Motown label.
1961 - Civic arena in Pittsburgh opens: becoming world's 1st retractable-dome stadium.
1809 - The Treaty of Fredrikshamn relinquishes territory to Russia, which will become Finland.



Rome's Coliseum, a huge amphitheatre which could seat 50,000 people,

is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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September 16, 2014

2007 - Jim Thome hits his 500th home run in memorable fashion - with a walk-off home run.
1990 - Railroad between People's Republic of China & Kazakhstan completed at the city of Dostyk, increasing the scope of the Eurasian Land Bridge.
1988 - Valerie Harper wins lawsuit against Lorimar Television for firing her before contract ends.
1987 - To protect the ozone layer from depletion the Montreal Protocol, an International Treaty, is signed.
1980 - The Grenadines and Saint Vincent joined the United Nations.
1975 - Papua New Guinea, a country in Oceania which occupies the eastern half of New Guinea, gains its independence from Australia.
1959 - A live television demonstration makes the Xerox 914 the first successful photocopier.
1955 - Argentina disposes Juan Peron as their ruler.
1620 - The Mayflower leaves port in England.



the cruise liner, 'Queen Elizabeth 2', moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

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September 15, 2014

1997 - Larry Page and Sergey Brin decide that BackRub isn't a great name for their search engine - so they register Google.com.
1982 - USA Today, a publication of the Gannett media empire, was published for the first time.
1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor approved to become first female Justice of the Supreme Court.
1969 - Lefty Steve Carlton strikes out 19 New York Mets batters, breaking record of 3 pitchers.
1968 - First spaceship to fly around moon & return to Earth, Soviet Zond 5 is launched.
1966 - Letter written to Congress from President Johnson urging gun control legislation.
1959 - The United States receives its first visit from a Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev.
1952 - Previously a colony of Italy, the United Nations turns over Eritrea to Ethiopia.
1789 - U.S. Department of State established.



every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate.

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September 12, 2014

2005 - Hong Kong Disneyland opens - it would have 5.2 million visitors its first year.
1992 - The space shuttle Endeavour is launched by NASA making it the 59th shuttle mission.
1984 - The Chicago Bulls sign their number one pick - Michael Jordan.
1964 - Canyonlands National Park, a colorful park located in southeastern Utah, is designated as a National Park.
1953 - A year after John F. Kennedy was elected Senator he married Jacqueline Bouvier.
1940 - In Lascaux, France cave paintings are discovered.
1935 - Malcolm Campbell: the fastest man on Earth.
1928 - Katharine Hepburn makes Broadway debut.
1890 - British South Africa Company founds Salisbury (Rhodesia) in the Mashonaland territory.



there are 635,013,559,599 possible hands in a game of bridge.

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September 11, 2014

2001 - The twin towers, a symbol of New York City centered in the heart of Wall Street, are destroyed during the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
1997 - The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reaches Mars making yet another success for NASA.
1987 - The movie Fatal Attraction premieres.
1985 - Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobbs all-time hits record when he records his 4,192nd hit.
1980 - The Constitution of Chile is approved by voters.
1972 - The San Francisco BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), public transit and subway system, opens up to passengers.
1961 - The World Wildlife Fund is founded.
1952 - Ray Charles makes his first recordings for his new label Atlantic in NYC.
1940 - World War II:  Buckingham Palace is damaged during a German air raid.



in an average hour, there are over 61,000 Americans airborne over the United States.

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September 10, 2014

2002 - Switzerland joins the United Nations.
1997 - Travel Channel is purchased by Discovery for $20 million.
1974 - Guinea-Bissau independence from Portugal.
1972 - The Soviet Union beats the U.S. in controversial Olympic basketball game.
1967 - Gibraltar remains a British dependency.
1963 - During segregation, 20 African-American students enroll in Alabama public school.
1823 - Simon Bolivar named President of Peru.
1509 - Istanbul is smote with an earthquake known as "The Lesser Judgment Day".



each time a giraffe picks up its neck it picks up 550 pounds.

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September 9, 2014

1983 - The Color Computer 2 (Coco2) is announced by Radio Shack.
1966 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs National Traffic & Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
1965 - The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is established.
1956 - Elvis Presley appears on Ed Sullivan's show -- his gyrations create scandal.
1948 - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is declared established by Kim II-sung.
1936 - Jessie Owens earns four track and field gold medals in the same Summer Olympics.
1926 - National Broadcasting Company formed.
1850 - Utah & New Mexico become territories, while California is accepted as the 31st state of the U.S.
1839 - First glass plate photograph (Herschel).



a queen bee uses her stinger only to sting another queen bee.

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September 5, 2014

1986 - Third annual MTV Music Awards' biggest winner is the Norwegian group "a-ha".
1984 - The NASA space shuttle Discovery returns from its voyage and lands safely.
1984 - Capital Punishment was abolished in Western Australia.
1977 - NASA's Voyager 1 that was meant to explore the solar system was launched after a brief delay.
1972 - A horrific tragedy - terrorists murder 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.
1958 - Color video recording is successful on magnetic tape for the first time.
1915 - The peaceful Zimmerwald Conference begins to take place.
1882 - First U.S. Labor Day parade in NYC.
1881 - Thumb Fire causes $53,236,434 in damage (adjusted for inflation).



the household wrench was invented by boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in 1922.



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