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September 18th, 1970, rock star Jimi
Hendrix died in London at age 27.
On this date:
In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec
to the British.
In 1793, President
Washington laid the cornerstone of the US
In 1810, Chile
declared its independence from Spain.
In 1850, Congress
passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed
slaveowners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to
In 1851, the first
edition of The New York Times was published.
In 1927, the
Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later
CBS) made its debut with a basic network of 16
In 1940, Harper
and Brothers published "You Can't Go Home
Again" by Thomas Wolfe.
In 1947, the
National Security Act, which unified the Army,
Navy and newly formed Air Force into a National
Military Establishment, went into effect.
In 1961, United
Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was
killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.
In 1975, newspaper
heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI
in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped
by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Ten years ago:
Former savings-and-loan chief executive Charles
H. Keating was jailed in Los Angeles in lieu of
$5 million bail after he was indicted on criminal
fraud charges. The city of Atlanta was named the
site of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Five years ago:
President Clinton began a five-day re-election
campaign fund-raising tour that got off to a
rocky start after a deal to convert the
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to civilian use
collapsed at the last minute.
One year ago: A
multinational fleet sailed toward East Timor, the
vanguard of a U-N-approved force assigned to
bring order to the bloodied Indonesian province.
Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the first
player in major league baseball history to reach
60 homers twice. Heather Renee French of Kentucky
was crowned "Miss America" at the
pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
"I seem to be the
only person in the world who doesn't mind being
pitied. If you love me, pity me."
Jessamyn West, American author (1902-1984).