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This Day in History for September 18

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1769 – John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st Spinet piano.

1851 – New York Times starts publishing (2 cents a copy).

1899 – Scott Joplin granted copyright for his “Maple Leaf Rag”, the most famous ragtime composition, by the US Copyright Office.

1909 – Largest paid baseball attendance (35,409), A’s beat Tigers, 2-0 in Detroit.

1919 – Hurricane tides 16 feet above normal drowns 280 along Gulf Coast.

1930 – Enterprise (US) beats Shamrock V (UK) in 15th America’s Cup.

1947 – The Central Intelligence Agency officially comes into existence after being established by President Truman in July.

1955 – Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock)

1959 – Vanguard 3 launched into Earth orbit.

1965 – Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium: Mantle played his 2,000th game.

1977 – US Voyager I takes 1st space photograph of Earth & Moon together.

1984 – Joe Kittinger completes 1st solo balloon crossing of Atlantic.

1987 – US & USSR sign accord to remove mid-range missiles.

1990 – Atlanta is chosen to host 1996 (centennial) Summer Olympics.

1994 – Ken Burn’s documentary miniseries “Baseball” premieres on PBS (Emmy for Outstanding informational Series)

1997 – Ted Turner gives $1 billion to the United Nations, creating the public charity, the United Nations Foundation.

2001 – First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

2009 – The 72 year run of the soap opera ‘The Guiding Light’ ends as its final episode is broadcast.

2017 – Hurricane Maria passes over the Caribbean Island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27.

2018 – China announces new $60 billion tariffs on US imports, a day after the US imposes $700 billion worth of new tariffs on Chinese goods.