This Day in History – September 14
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1716 – 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit (Boston Harbor)
1814 – Francis Scott Key pens the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, later known as “The Star Spangled Banner” while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship in Baltimore harbor.
1847 – US Marines under General Scott enter Mexico City (halls of Montezuma)
1848 – Alexander Stewart opens 1st US department store.
1872 – Britain pays US$15-1/2M for damages during Civil War.
1886 – George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee, patents typewriter ribbon.
1901 – Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the youngest man to serve as US President, after William McKinley finally dies after an anarchist shoots him in Buffalo.
1916 – Christy Mathewson pitches & wins his final game.
1933 – 2 billion board feet of lumber destroyed in Tillamook, Oregon fire.
1937 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt bans US ships form trading arms with China or Japan.
1939 – World’s 1st practical helicopter, the VS-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky takes (tethered) flight in Stratford, Connecticut.
1948 – Gerald Ford upsets Rep Bartel J Jonkman in Michigan 5th District Republican primary.
1954 – Hurricane Edna (2nd of 1954) hits NYC, $50 million damage.
1963 – Mary Ann Fischer of Aberdeen, South Dakota, gives birth to America’s 1st surviving quintuplets, 4 girls & a boy.
1975 – Robin Yount breaks Mel Ott’s record, playing in 242 games as a teen.
1983 – US House of Representatives votes, 416-0, in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for shooting down a Korean jetliner.
1998 – Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom complete their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.
2001- Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation’s capital.
2011 – Elizabeth Warren announces she intends to run for the Democratic nomination for the 2012 Massachusetts Senatorial election.
2015 – 14 year old Texan Ahmed Mohamed arrested at school when home-made clock assumed to be a bomb – Mark Zuckerberg and US President Barak Obama send supportive tweets.Share: