Today in History: September 14

Today in History: September 14

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1146

Zangi of the Near East is murdered. The Sultan Nur ad-Din, his son, pursues the conquest of Edessa.

1321

Dante Alighieri dies of malaria just hours after finishing writing Paradiso.

1544

Henry VIII's forces take Boulogne, France.

1773

Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov successfully storm a Turkish fort at Hirsov, Turkey.

1791

Louis XVI swears his allegiance to the French constitution.

1812

Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Russia reaches its climax as his Grande Armee enters Moscow--only to find the enemy capital deserted and burning, set afire by the few Russians who remained.

1814

Francis Scott Key writes the words to the "Star Spangled Banner" as he waits aboard a British launch in the Chesapeake Bay for the outcome of the British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

1847

U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott capture Mexico City, virtually bringing the two-year Mexican War to a close.

1853

The Allies land at Eupatoria on the west coast of Crimea.

1862

At the battles of South Mountain and Crampton's Gap, Maryland Union troops smash into the Confederates as they close in on what will become the Antietam battleground.

1901

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the 26th President of the United States upon the death of William McKinley, who was shot eight days earlier.

1911

Russian Premier Pyotr Stolypin is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt at the Kiev opera house.

1943

German troops abandon the Salerno front in Italy..

1960

Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia form OPEC.

1966

Operation Attleboro, designed as a training exercise for American troops, becomes a month-long struggle against the Viet Cong.

1975

Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first native-born American saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

1979

Nur Muhammad Taraki, president and former prime minister of Afghanistan, is assassinated in a coup in which prime minister Hafizullah Amin seizes power.

1982

Bachir Gemayel, president-elect of Lebanon, is killed along with 26 others in a bomb blast in Beirut.

1984

Joe Kittinger, a former USAF fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, becomes the first person to pilot a gas balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1994

Major League Baseball players strike over a salary cap and other proposed changes, forcing the cancellation of the entire postseason and the World Series.

2007

Northern Rock Bank suffers the UK's first bank run in 150 years.