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On September 14th, 1940, Congress passed the
Selective Service Act, providing for the first
peacetime draft in US history.
On this date:
In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote "The
Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the
British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland.
In 1847, US forces
under General Winfield Scott took control of
In 1901, President
McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, of
gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice
President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.
In 1927, modern
dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice,
France, when her scarf became entangled in a
wheel of her sports car.
In 1948, a
groundbreaking ceremony took place in New York at
the site of the United Nations' world
In 1959, the
Soviet space probe "Luna Two" became
the first manmade object to reach the moon as it
crashed onto the lunar surface.
In 1975, Pope Paul
the Sixth declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley
Seton the first US-born saint.
In 1982, Princess
Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly,
died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the
In 1982, Lebanon's
president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a
In 1988, Hurricane
"Gilbert" slammed into Mexico's Yucatan
Peninsula after forcing thousands of residents to
Ten years ago:
During the Persian Gulf crisis, the US Navy
reported that American troops had fired a warning
shot at an Iraqi tanker, then boarded it briefly
before allowing it to proceed.
Five years ago:
NATO called a temporary halt to its aerial
pounding of Serb rebels while a US envoy tried to
clinch an agreement on withdrawing the Serbs' big
guns from around Sarajevo.
One year ago:
Indonesian soldiers looted the abandoned UN
mission in East Timor, just hours after 110 UN
personnel and 13-hundred East Timorese were
evacuated and flown to safety to end a ten-day
siege. Hurricane "Floyd" clobbered the
Bahamas, toppling power lines, ripping roofs off
homes and pushing a roiling sea into streets
before heading toward the southeastern United
"I venture to
suggest that patriotism is not a short and
frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and
steady dedication of a lifetime."
Adlai E. Stevenson, American statesman