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Today in History: September 23

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Today in History
September 23

1553   The Sadians defeat the last of their enemies and establish themselves as rulers of Morocco.
1561   Philip II of Spain gives orders to halt colonizing efforts in Florida.
1577   William of Orange makes his triumphant entry into Brussels, Belgium.
1667   Slaves in Virginia are banned from obtaining their freedom by converting to Christianity.
1739   The Austrians sign the Treaty of Belgrade after having lost the city to the Turks.
1779   The American navy under John Paul Jones, commanding from Bonhomme Richard, defeats and captures the British man-of-war Serapis.
1788   Louis XVI of France declares the Parliament restored.
1795   A national plebiscite approves the new French constitution, but so many voters sustain that the results are suspect.
1803   British Major General Sir Arthur Wellesley defeats the Marathas at Assaye, India.
1805   Lieutenant Zebulon Pike pays $2,000 to buy from the Sioux a 9-square-mile tract at the mouth of the Minnesota River that will be used to establish a military post, Fort Snelling.
1806   The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrives back in St. Louis just over three years after its departure.
1864   Confederate and Union forces clash at Mount Jackson, Front Royal and Woodstock in Virginia during the Valley campaign.
1911   The Second International Aviation Meet opens in New York.
1912   Mack Sennet’s first "Keystone Cop" film debuts, Cohen Collects a Debt.
1945   The first American dies in Vietnam during the fall of Saigon to French forces.
1952   Richard Nixon responds to charges of a secret slush fund during his ‘Checkers Speech.’
1954   East German police arrest 400 citizens as U.S. spies.
1967   Soviets sign a pact to send more aid to Hanoi.
1973   Juan Peron is re-elected president of Argentina after being overthrown in 1955.
1983   Gerrie Coetzee (Gerhardus Coetzee), boxer from South Africa; first boxer from the African continent to win a world heavyweight tittle (World Boxing Association).
1983   Gulf Air Flight 771 from Karachi, Pakistan, to Abu Dhabi, UAE, bombed; all 117 aboard die.
1992   Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonates 3,700-lb. bomb in Belfast, completely destroying the Northern Ireland forensic laboratory, injuring 20 people and damaging 700 houses.
2002   The first public version of Mozilla Firefox browser released; originally called Phoenix 0.1 its name was changed due to trademark issues with Phoenix Technologies.
2004   Hurricane Jeanne causes severe flooding in Haiti; over 1,000 reported dead.

Born on September 23

63 BC   Augustus Caesar, first Roman Emperor, who introduced Pax Romana, the era of peace.
1800   William Holmes McGuffey, educator famous for his book Eclectic Readers.
1838   Victoria Chaflin Woodhull, the first woman presidential candidate (1872) in the United States.
1863   Mary Church Terrell, educator and civil rights advocate.
1865   Emmuska Orczy, baroness and author of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
1889   Walter Lippmann, journalist, one of the founders of The New Republic Magazine in 1914.
1889   Louise Nevelson, sculptor.
1915   Clifford G. Shull, physicist, improved techniques for exploring the atomic structure of matter.
1926   John Coltrane, influential jazz saxaphonist.
1930   Ray Charles, rhythm ‘n’ blues piano player and singer.
1934   Ahmad Shah, Crown Prince of Afghanistan and heir apparent to the throne.
1936   Valentin Corazao, Interim President of Peru (2000-01) after Pres. Alberto Fujimori was removed from office by Congress.
1943   Julio Iglesia, singer, songwriter with more than 2,600 certified gold and platinum records ("To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before," "Summer Wind").
1947   Mary Kay Place, Emmy-winning actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), singer.
1949   Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, singer, songwriter, musician ("Born to Run," "Born in the U.S.A"); his multiple awards include 20 Grammys, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar, the latter for "Streets of Philadelphia" (1994).
1961   William "Willie" McCool, American astronaut; among those killed when Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates while reentering Earth’s atmosphere (2003).