Today in History: September 23

Today in History: September 23

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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 Sennett'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; becomes the 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.