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This Day in History for September 12

1787 – American statesman George Mason suggested the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution modeled on previous state declarations, but the motion is defeated.

1857 – 423 die when “Central America” sinks off Cape Romain, SC.

1910 – United States’ 1st known female cop appointed, Alice Stebbins Wells by LAPD.

1928 – Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000.

1935 – Millionaire Howard Hughes flies his own designed plane at 352.46 mph.

1940 – 49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co. plant explodes (NJ)

1941 – 1st German ship in WW II captured by US ship (Busko)

1944 – Hurricane kills 389 in North Carolina.

1947 – Pirate Ralph Kiner hits his record 8th HR in 4 games.

1954 – Indians sweep Yanks at Municipal Stadium; largest AL crowd (86,563)

1958 – US Supreme Court orders the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate.

1958 – Jack Kilby demonstrates his first integrated circuit (IC) to his supervisor.

1960 – John F. Kennedy advises he does not speak for the Roman Catholic Church, and neither does the Church speak for him.

1965 – Hurricane Betsy strikes Florida & Louisiana kills 75.

1983 – Security guard Victor Gerena robs West Hartford company of $7 million.

1987 – Vince Coleman steals his 100th base for 3rd straight year.

1992 – Mae Jemison is the 1st African American woman to go into space (aboard Endeavour STS-47)

2005 – The bodies of more than 40 patients discovered in a flooded hospital in New Orleans.

2012 – Apple unveils its iPhone 5 and iOS 6.

2017 – Apple unveils premium iPhone X costing $999, along with iPhone 8.

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