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Today in History: September 11

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Today in History

September 11
1297   Scots under William Wallace defeat the English at Stirling Bridge.
1695   Imperial troops under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks at the Battle of Zenta.
1709   John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, wins the bloodiest battle of the 18th century at great cost, against the French at Malplaquet.
1740   The first mention of an African American doctor or dentist in the colonies is made in the Pennsylvania Gazette.
1777   General George Washington and his troops are defeated by the British under General Sir William Howe at the Battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania.
1786   The Convention of Annapolis opens with the aim of revising the Articles of Confederation.
1814   U.S. forces led by Thomas Macdonough route the British fleet on Lake Champlain.
1864   A 10-day truce is declared between generals William Sherman and John Hood so civilians may leave Atlanta, Georgia.
1857   Indians incited by Mormon John D. Lee kill 120 California-bound settlers in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
1904   The battleship Connecticut, launched in New York, introduces a new era in naval construction.
1916   The “Star Spangled Banner” is sung at the beginning of a baseball game for the first time in Cooperstown, New York.
1944   American troops enter Luxembourg.
1962   Thurgood Marshall is appointed a judge of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
1965   The 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) arrives in South Vietnam and is stationed at An Khe.
2001   In an unprecedented, highly coordinated attack, terrorists hijack four U.S. passenger airliners, flying two into the World Trade Center towers in New York and one into the Pentagon, killing thousands. The fourth airliner, headed toward Washington likely to strike the White House or Capitol, is crashed just over 100 miles away in Pennsylvania after passengers storm the cockpit and overtake the hijackers.
2005   Israel completes its unilateral disengagement of all Israeli civilians and military from the Gaza Strip.
2007   Russia detonates a nano-bomb; dubbed the “Father of All Bombs,” it is the largest non-nuclear weapon developed to date.
2012   The US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is attacked and burned down; 4 Americans are killed including the US ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.
Born on September 11
1700   James Thomson, Scottish poet.
1862   O. Henry, (William Sydney Porter), short story writer who wrote “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Last Leaf.”
1877   James Jeans, physicist.
1885   D.H. Lawrence, English novelist (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Sons and Lovers).
1917   Jessica Mitford, investigative journalist (The American Way of Death).
1924   Tom Landry, coach of the Dallas Cowboys, winner of two Super Bowls.
1937   Robert L. Crippen, US Navy captain, astronaut; the former director of the Kennedy Space Center.
1939   Charles M. “Chuck” Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems, Inc.
1940   Brian DePalma, film director (Dressed to Kill, Carlito’s Way)).
1940   Theodore Olson, US Solicitor General under Pres. George W. Bush (2001-04).
1965   Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria since 2000.
1966   Princess Akishino, nee Kiko Kawashima, wife of Prince Akishino, second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. She is only the second commoner to marry into Japan’s royal family.
1967   Harry Connick Jr., Grammy and Emmy award-winning singer, musician, actor.