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This Day in History for September 11

1773 – Benjamin Franklin writes “There never was a good war or bad peace”

1847 – 1st singing of Stephen Foster’s “Susanna” (in Pittsburgh)

1923 – ZR-1 (biggest active dirigible) flies over NY’s tallest skyscraper, Woolworth Tower.

1929 – San Francisco Mayor Rolph inaugurates new pedestrian traffic light system.

1936 – FDR dedicates Boulder Dam, now known as Hoover Dam.

1941 – FDR orders US Navy that any Axis ship found in American waters be shot at on sight.

1941 – Charles Lindbergh, claims the “British, Jewish and Roosevelt administration” are trying to get the US into World War II.

1941 – Construction of the Pentagon begins in Arlington County, Virginia (completed Jan 15, 1943). Designed by architect George Bergstrom and built by contractor John McShain, construction was overseen by Leslie Groves.

1946 – 1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation.

1959 – Congress passes a bill authorizing food stampls for poor Americans.

1961 – Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph.

1965 – The 1st Calvary Division of the United States Army arrives in Vietnam.

1970 – The Ford Pinto is introduced.

1986 – Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered biggest 1-day decline ever, plummeting 86.61 points to 1,792.89. 237.57 million shares traded.

1991 – “La Toya: Growing Up in The Jackson Family” goes on sale.

1998 – Independent counsel Ken Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.

2001 – Two passenger planes hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists crash into New York’s World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and deaths of 2,606 people.

2001 – Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the deaths of 125 people.

2001 – Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 33 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board.

2017 – Hurricane Irma leaves 7 million US homes without power in Florida and Georgia.

2018 – “Fear: Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward is published by Simon and Schuster.

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