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This Day in History for September 15

1789 – US Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State.

1831 – The locomotive “John Bull” operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.

1853 – First US woman ordained a minister, Antoinette Blackwell.

1923 – Governor Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of Ku Klux Klan.

1928 – Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza.

1942 – US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal.

1947 – First four-engine jet-propelled fighter plan tested, Columbus, Ohio.

1947 – Yankees clinch pennant, #15.

1957 – “Bachelor Father” with John Forsythe premieres.

1958 – Commuter train crashes through drawbridge, killing 48 (Elizabethport, NJ)

1963 – Alou brothers-Felipe, Matty, & Jesus-appear in San Francisco outfield for 1 inning.

1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

1973 – Ohio State’s Archie Griffin begins record 31 consecutive 100 yard rushing.

1981 – US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O’Conner for the US Supreme Court.

1982 – First issue of “USA Today” published by Gannett Co, Inc.

1989 – The U.S. Congress recognizes Terry Anderson’s continued captivity in Beirut.

1997 – Oprah Winfrey announces she will continue her show through 2000.

1997 – Google.com is registered as a domain name.

2014 – President Obama announces the US will send 3,000 troops to help combat spread of the Ebola virus.

2018 – Swimmer killed by shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach, first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in 80 years.

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