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This Day in History for September 20

1814 – “Star Spangled Banner” published as a song, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, tune by John Stafford Smith.

1904 – Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II.

1924 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, French Lick CC: 1921 champion Walter Hagen beats Englishman Jim Barnes 2-up in the final.

1931 – MLB’s Lou Gehrig’s 4 RBIs break his old RBI mark of 175 en route to 184.

1939 – Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title.

1946 – Churchill argues for a ‘United States of Europe’

1953 – Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR.

1955 – Willis Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRs in a season.

1961 – African-American student James Meredith is refused enrollment to the segregated University of Mississippi.

1963 – JFK proposes a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon.

1969 – Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: US, Great Britain tie, 16-16; great sporting gesture, America’s Jack Nicklaus concedes missable 3-foot putt to Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole for the draw.

1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match.

1979 – Lee Iacocca is elected President of the Chrysler Corporation.

1984 – “Cosby Show” premieres on NBC-TV.

1989 – USAir overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in NYC, 2 people die.

1994 – Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), lands.

2001 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, US President George W. Bush declares a “war on terror”

2011 – The United States ends its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

2013 – Alex Rodriquez sets new MLB record with 24 Grand Slam home runs for the New York Yankees.

2017 – US Federal Reserve says it will start to unwind its bond portfolio employed in wake of the financial crisis.

2019 – Batman Day – 80th anniversary of the first Batman comic.

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