Today in History — Sept. 13, 2017
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2017. There are 109 days left in the year.
Today in History
On September 13, 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the temporary national capital.
On this date:
In 1759, during the French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City.
In 1814, during the War of 1812, British naval forces began bombarding Fort McHenry in Baltimore but were driven back by American defenders in a battle that lasted until the following morning.
In 1911, the song “Oh, You Beautiful Doll,” a romantic rag by Nat D. Ayer and Seymour Brown, was first published by Jerome H. Remick & Co.
In 1923, Miguel Primo de Rivera, the captain general of Catalonia, seized power in Spain.
In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate; she became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
In 1959, Elvis Presley first met his future wife, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, while stationed in West Germany with the U.S. Army. (They married in 1967, but divorced in 1973.)
In 1962, Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett rejected the U.S. Supreme Court’s order for the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a black student, declaring in a televised address, “We will not drink from the cup of genocide.”
In 1971, a four-day inmates’ rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed the lives of 32 inmates and 11 hostages.
In 1977, conductor Leopold Stokowski died in Hampshire, England, at age 95.
In 1989, Fay Vincent was elected commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti (juh-MAH’-tee).
In 1997, funeral services were held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.
In 2002, the earliest known online use of the term “selfie” (a photographic self-portrait, usually taken with a smartphone) occurred on an Australian Broadcasting Corp. website forum; it came from a man named Nathan Hope, who denied coining the term, saying it was “common slang.”
Ten years ago
President George W. Bush, defending an unpopular war, ordered gradual reductions in U.S. forces in Iraq and said in a televised address, “The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home.” Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the most prominent figure in a U.S.-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed by a bomb planted near his home in Anbar province. The NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 for spying on the New York Jets during a game.
Actress Barbara Bain is 86. Actress Eileen Fulton (TV: “As the World Turns”) is 84. Actor Joe E. Tata is 81. TV producer Fred Silverman is 80. Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) is 76. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 73. Singer Peter Cetera is 73. Actress Christine Estabrook is 67. Actress Jean Smart is 66. Singer Randy Jones (The Village People) is 65. Record producer Don Was is 65. Rock musician Zak Starkey is 52. Actor Louis Mandylor is 51. Olympic gold medal runner Michael Johnson is 50. Rock musician Steve Perkins is 50. Actor Roger Howarth is 49. Actor Scott Vickaryous is 42. Singer Fiona Apple is 40. Contemporary Christian musician Hector Cervantes (Casting Crowns) is 37. Former MLB pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is 37. Actor Ben Savage is 37. Rock singer Niall Horan (One Direction) is 24. Actor Mitch Holleman is 22. Actress Lili Reinhart (TV: “Riverdale”) is 21.
Thought for Today
“Better to be without logic than without feeling.” — Charlotte Bronte, English author (1816-1855).