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This Day in History for September 15

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1798 – US Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State.

1857 – Timothy Alder of NY patents a typesetting machine.

1887 – Philadelphia celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution.

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

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

1938 – Only time brothers hit back-to-back HRs (Lloyd & Paul Waner, Pittsburgh Pirates)

1942 – US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal.

1945 – A hurricane in southern Florida and the Bahamas destroys 366 planes and 25 blimps at NAS, Richmond.

1947 – NY Yankees clinch pennant #15.

1949 – “Lone Ranger” premieres on ABC-TV.  Hi-yo, Silver! Away!.

1951 – “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” closes at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 performances.

1961 – 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus, 21 years old.

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.

1970 – Decca records awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million.

1978 – Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans.

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

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

1995 – Cards shortstop Ozzie Smith sets record of 1,554 double plays.

1997 – is registered as a domain name.

2002 – Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon begins NFL record-tying (Kurt Warner, Steve Young) streak of 6 consecutive 300-yard passing games, throwing for 403 yards in Raiders’ 30-17 victory in Pittsburgh.

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