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This Day in History for September 11

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

1875 – 1st newspaper cartoon strip.

1912  – Philadelphia A’s Eddie Collins steals 6 bases in 1 game.

1914 – W.C. Handy “Father of the Blues” publishes his most famous composition “St Louis Blues”

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.

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

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

1944 – A reconnaissance squadron of the US 5th Armored Division “Victory Division” is 1st allied force to enter Nazi Germany.

1950 – Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence.

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

1970 – The Ford Pinto is introduced.

1977 – 29th Emmy Award: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Carroll O’Conner & Bea Arthur win.

1983 – Franco Harris becomes 3rd NFL to rush for 11,000 yards.

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

1998 – Independent counsel Ken Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing 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.

2002 – Through extreme and coordinated effort, The Pentagon is rededicated after repairs are completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building.

2012 – The US is warned by Moody’s that its AAA credit rating is at risk if lawmakers fail to produce a long-term debt reduction plan.

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 Shuster.