Today in History: September 11

Today in History: September 11

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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.

1802

Piedmont, Italy, is annexed by France.

1814

U.S. forces led by Thomas Macdonough route the British fleet on Lake Champlain.

1847

Stephen Foster's "Oh! Susanna" is first performed in a saloon in Pittsburgh.

1850

Soprano opera singer Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale," makes her American debut at New York's Castle Garden Theater.

1857

Indians incited by Mormon John D. Lee kill 120 California-bound settlers in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

1864

A 10-day truce is declared between generals William Sherman and John Hood so civilians may leave Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

1974

Haile Selassie I is deposed from the Ethiopian throne.

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

US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is attacked and burned down; 4 Americans are killed including the US ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.