This Day In History
1356 - The Battle of Poitiers was fought between England and France. Edward "the Black Prince" captured France's King John.
1777 - The Battle of Saratoga was won by American soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
1796 - U.S. President Washington's farewell address was published.
1819 - John Keats wrote "Ode to Autumn."
1876 - Melville R. Bissell patented the carpet sweeper.
1881 - James A. Garfield died of wounds from an assassin. The 20th U.S. president lived for 11 weeks after the wounds were inflicted.
1891 - "The Merchant of Venice" was performed for the first time at Manchester.
1893 - In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was consented to giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
1934 - Bruno Hauptman was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnapping and murder of the infant son of Charles and Anna Lindbergh.
1945 - William Joyce, also known as "Lord Haw-Haw", was sentenced to death by a British court for his role as a Nazi propagandist.
1955 - Eva Marie Saint, Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman starred in the "Producer's Showcase" presentation of "Our Town" on NBC-TV.
1955 - Argentina President Juan Peron was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy.
1957 - The U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test. The test took place in the Nevada desert.
1959 - Nikita Khruschev was not allowed to visit Disneyland due to security reasons. Khrushchev reacted angrily.
1960 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, checked out of the Shelburne Hotel angrily after a dispute with the management.
1970 - "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered on CBS-TV.
1982 - Scott Fahlman became the first person to use :-) in an online message.
1983 - Lebanese army units defending Souk el-Gharb were supported in their effort by two U.S. Navy ships off Beirut.
1984 - China and Britain completed a draft agreement transferring Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule by 1997.
1985 - An earthquake registering 8.1 on the Richter Scale hit the Mexico City area. About 6,000 people were killed.
1986 - U.S. health officials announced that AZT, though an experimental drug, would be made available to AIDS patients.
1988 - Israel successfully launched the Horizon-I test satellite.
1989 - A DC-10 belonging to the French airliner UTA disappeared while carrying 171 people to Paris. The wreckage of the plane was found the next day in Niger. It was believed a bomb was responsible.
1990 - Iraq began confiscating foreign assets of countries that were imposing sanctions against the Iraqi government.
1992 - The U.N. Security Council recommended suspending Yugoslavia due to its role in the Bosnian civil war.
1994 - U.S. troops entered Haiti peacefully to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
1995 - The Unabomber's manifesto was published by The Washington Post and the New York Times.
1995 - The U.S. Senate passed a welfare overhaul bill.
1995 - The commander of American forces in Japan and the U.S. ambassador apologized for the rape of a schoolgirl committed by three U.S. servicemen.
1996 - The government of Guatemala and leftist rebels signed a peace treaty to end their long war.
2002 - In Ivory Coast, around 750 rebel soldiers attempted to overthrow the government. U.S. troops landed on September 25th to help move foreigners, including Americans, to safer areas.
2003 - It was reported that AOL Time Warner was going to drop "AOL" from its name and be known as Time Warner Inc. The company had announced its merger and name change on January 10, 2000.
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