Death of St. Columba of Cordoba
Charles III, "The Simple" of France (893-923) born
King of Bohemia & Poland Wenceslas II (1278-1305) born
Parliament of England meets
Arundel, Gloucester and Warwick accused of treason
Pope Paul V born as Camillo Borghese (1605-21) born
Poet and satirist Francisco Gomez de Quevado y Villegas (Vida del Buscn) born
Countess of Nassau and daughter of Willem of Orange Charlotte Brabantia. born
Composer Francesco Sacrati born
English general and parliament leader John Lambert born
Death of St. Robert Bellarmine, theologian
The town of Boston is founded by John Winthrop as an extension of the colony at Salem.
Bishop of Salisbury Gilbert Burnet born
Massachusetts enacted severe laws against Quakers.
Lexicographer and writer Samuel Johnson (Boswell's Tour Guide) born
Composer Ignaz Jakob Holzbaue born
The first synod of the Presbyterian Church in America met in Philadelphia.
Baron Frederick von Steuben, made the Continental Army winners. born
Marquis Marie Jean de Condorcet, French mathematician and philosopher, a leading thinker in the Enlightenment. born
The violinist and composer Francesco Geminiani collapsed in Dublin upon learning that the only copy of his book on how to play the violin had been stolen by the maid.
Along the western coast of North America, a party of 247 Spanish colonists consecrated their newly-founded mission, known as San Francisco. The Presidio of San Francisco was founded as a Spanish fort.
The United States Constitution, completed in Philadelphia, was signed by a majority of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
President George Washington delivers his "Farewell Address" to Congress before concluding his second term in office. When George Washington announced that he would retire from office he set the stage for the nation's first two party presidential campaign.
The Battle of Antietam in Maryland, the bloodiest day in U.S. history, commences. Fighting in the corn field, Bloody Lane and Burnside's Bridge rages all day as the Union and Confederate armies suffer a combined 26,293 casualties. New York Tribune reporter George Smalley scooped the world with his vivid account of the Battle of Antietam.
The Battle of Beecher's Island begins, in which Major George "Sandy" Forsyth and 50 volunteers hold off 500 Sioux and Cheyenne in eastern Colorado.
Walter Gowans, Canadian missions pioneer. In 1893 he helped found the Sudan Interior Mission in Toronto. born
Phillip W. Pratt, of Abington, MA, patented his version of the sprinkler system.
Actor comedian Ben Turpin (Burlesque of Carmen, Yankee Doodle in Berlin, Mack Sennett comedies, When Comedy was King) born
Andrew "Rube" Foster, father of the Negro baseball leagues. born
William Carlos Williams, poet, playwright, essayist and writer who won a Pulitzer prize for Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems born
Charles Tomlinson Griffes (Elmira, New York). Griffes, who only lived to be 35, is remembered today mainly for one brief work, "Poem for Flute and Orchestra." It's an impressionistic piece of great delicacy. born
1940's radio news commentator Gabriel Heatter born
Hotel magnate J. (John) Marriott born
Actress Esther Ralston (Tin Pan Alley, We're in the Legion Now, Oliver Twist, Shadows of the Orient, To the Last Man) born
U.S. troops are sent to Panama to keep train lines open over the isthmus as Panamanian nationals struggle for independence from Colombia.
Turks destroy the town of Kastoria in Greece (Macedonia), killing 10,000 civilians.
Actress Dolores Costello (The Magnificent Ambersons) born
Comedian actor Jerry Colonna (Meet Me in Las Vegas, Kentucky Jubilee, The Road to Singapore; TV host: The Jerry Colonna Show) born
Former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger 1 born
The first fatality in an airplane accident.
The first transcontinental airplane flight, from New York City to Pasadena, California, was completed. It only took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly across the U.S.
The German Army recaptures the Russian Port of Riga from Russian forces.
The American Professional Football Association -- a precursor of the NFL -- was formed in Canton, Ohio (my hometown and the geographical site of the Daily Miscellany).
Country music pioneer Hank Williams Sr.(I'll Never Get Out of this World Alive, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Cold, Cold Heart, Take These Chains from My Heart, Honky Tonkin', Jambalaya, Kaw-Liga, Your Cheatin' Heart; 1st country musician whose music crossed over into pop; wrote 125 compositions) born
Actor Roddy McDowall born
Actress Pat Crowley (Joe Forrester, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Red Garters, Return to Fantasy Island) born
Actor David Huddleston born
Actress Anne Bancroft (Annemarie Italiano) born
Actress Dorothy Loudon (The Garry Moore Show) born
Author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) born
Actor Paul Benedict (The Jeffersons, The Freshmen) born
The Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany launched its assault.
Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter born
Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) born
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meets with Soviet Premier Josef Stalin in Moscow as the German Army rams into Stalingrad.
British airborne troops parachute into Holland to capture the Arnhem bridge as part of Operation Market-Garden. The plan called for the airborne troops to be relieved by British troops, but they were left stranded and eventually surrendered to the Germans.
Cartoonist Jeff MacNelly born
James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first US Secretary of Defense as a new National Military Establishment unified America's armed forces.
The United Nations mediator for Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists.
Actress Cassandra Peterson ("Elvira, Mistress of the Dark") born
Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. Banks was the Cubs' outstanding shortstop from 1954 to 1960. In 1969, Ernie Banks was voted the Cub's best player ever by Chicago fans. 'Mr. Cub' retired in 1971.
Rocky Marciano retained possession of the world heavyweight boxing title after knocking out Ezzard Charles in the eighth round of their championship bout.
Comedian Rita Rudner born
The Thai army seizes power in Bangkok.
The X-15 rocket plane makes its first flight.
The first federal suit to end public school segregation is filed by the U.S. Justice Department.
"The Fugitive," starring David Janssen, premiered on ABC TV.
Rapper Doug E. Fresh born
Actor Malik Yoba ("New York Undercover") born
Rock musician Keith Flint (Prodigy) born
Actor Matthew Settle born
Rapper Vinnie (Naughty By Nature) born
"M*A*S*H" premiered on CBS TV.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Marcus Sanders (Hi-Five) born
"NASA" publicly unveiled the space shuttle "Enterprise" at ceremonies in Palmdale, California.
After meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.
Former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza was assassinated in Paraguay.
Vanessa Williams of New York became the first black to be named Miss America. (She resigned the crown 11 months later when Penthouse magazine published nude photos of her, but later became famous again as a singer and actress.)
The largest group of immigrants to become naturalized citizens of the U.S., 9,706 people, were sworn in by Vice-President George Bush in Miami, Florida.
The Senate confirmed the nomination of William H. Rehnquist to become the 16th chief justice of the United States.
The city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the US Constitution, threw a big party to celebrate the 200th annivetsary of the historic document.
Haitian President Henri Hamphy was ousted in a coup; Lieutenant General Prosper Avril declared himself president the following day.
Opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympics took place in Seoul, South Korea.
Hurricane "Hugo" slammed into several Caribbean islands, including St. Croix, which was the hardest hit.
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney sacked Air Force chief of staff General Mike Dugan for openly discussing contingency plans to launch massive air strikes against Baghdad and target Iraqi President Saddam Hussein personally.
Special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh called a halt to his five-and-a-half-year probe of the Iran-Contra scandal.
A federal judge overturned the impeachment of former US District Judge Alcee Hastings, saying he did not receive a fair trial by the Senate, which convicted him in 1989 of perjury and conspiracy.
President Clinton urged China to cancel an underground nuclear test, assuring the Beijing government it had nothing to fear from the world's other atomic powers.
As some 20 warships sat off the coast of Haiti, former President Jimmy Carter, Senator Sam Nunn (Democrat, Georgia) and retired General Colin Powell arrived in the Caribbean nation in an eleventh-hour bid to avert a US-led invasion.
Heather Whitestone of Alabama was crowned "Miss America," the first deaf woman to win the title.
Hong Kong held its last legislative election before the 1997 takeover by China, with some of Beijing's fiercest critics the big winners.
A nonpartisan commission recommended that Ross Perot be denied a spot in presidential debates, saying he had no realistic shot at winning the White House; Perot vowed to sue.
Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew died in Berlin, Maryland, at age 77.
A UN helicopter slammed into a fog-shrouded mountain in central Bosnia and burst into flames, killing German diplomat Gerd Wagner, five Americans and six others.
President Clinton rejected a ban on land mines endorsed by 89 countries.
Comedian Red Skelton died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 84.
In Mexico, gunmen apparently sent by a drug lord yanked three families from their beds before dawn and opened fire, killing 19 men, women and children near a popular Baja California resort.
Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter concluded three days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
President Clinton lifted restrictions on trade, travel and banking imposed on North Korea a half-century earlier, rewarding it for agreeing to curb missile tests.
Deadly car bomb explosion rocks Beirut
Gwanda Chakuamba freed by Malawi court
Navy helping New Orleans pets
Hubble Space Telescope running on two gyroscopes
Polls Closed in The New Zealand General Election
Gaza looters destroy Palestine Authority property
UN agrees on reform document
Results of the New Zealand General Election
Australian man allegedly ignites carpet, plastic with static electricity
Results to be announced in the New Zealand General Election
Voting chaos in Germany expected
Saudi Arabia, UAE to support increasing oil production
Nintendo unveils controller for Revolution console
Nun murdered in Somalia after Pope's speech
India, Pakistan decide to resume peace process
Study: chemicals from cruciferous veggies kill cancer cells
Mujahedeen Army issues threat of attack on Vatican City
Set of CSI: Miami becomes real crime scene
Maher says 'Free speech' segment on CBS News' not so Free
Street protests in Hungary over PM's taped lies
Pope apologises in person for the reaction to his comments
A 1-year long strike against FMC Novamed: Women workers allege unfair treatment
ING Taipei Marathon warming up competition goes to Kaohsiung
ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
US President Bush nominates Michael B. Mukasey as Attorney General
Lord Ganapathi festival celebrations begin
Flight data recorder recovered in Thailand crash; 89 confirmed dead
WWE Raw Results from Memphis, TN for September 15, 2008
Stock markets worldwide fall dramatically
Discovery sheds light on flow of water in carbon nanotubes
Russian stock markets suspended amid market turmoil
Doha round negotiations might restart in a matter of weeks
Controversy after leak of preliminary report into Spanair disaster
Libertarian National Committee motion to chastise Ron Paul for not endorsing U.S. presidential nominee Bob Barr released
US Federal Reserve prepares to take over AIG
Tarja Turunen to perform at Doro Pesch's 25th anniversary concert and record duets with her
Driver fined after following sat-nav to edge of cliff in West Yorkshire, England
UK teens cleared of school massacre plot
US fall foliage report: September 17
Italian mafia implicated in radioactive waste dumping
Swine flu, in-depth: worldwide report
Cypriot court begins Greek air disaster trial
Yukio Hatoyama formally elected Japanese prime minister
Algerian teen falls to death in Mecca; rape, murder suspected
Denmark elects new centre-left coalition and prime minister
Zimbabwe minister warns media