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This Day In History: Sept. 13

This Day in History

1788: Congress picks New York City to be the capital of the new federal government.
1814: In the War of 1812, the 25-hour bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore, begins; the failure of the British fleet to take the fort inspires Francis Scott Key to write the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."
1847: Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, Mexico is captured by U.S. troops in the final battle of the Mexican War.
1970: The first New York City Marathon is held, in Central Park; fewer than half of the 127 runners who start complete the race.
1985: The United States successfully tests an antisatellite weapon, an ASAT missile fired by an Air Force jet against an orbiting satellite.
1993: Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, in Washington, DC, sign an accord allowing for Palestinian self-rule.
2001: Commercial air traffic resumes to and from most airports in the U.S. after the total stoppage that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Logan International Airport in Boston and Ronald Reagan National Airport near Washington, D.C., remain closed. Secretary of State Colin Powell names Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the attacks; bin Laden and his Al Qaeda organization have been based in Afghanistan under the protection of the country's Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime.
2002: Five Yemeni men residing in Lackawanna, NY are arrested on suspicion of supporting the Sept. 11 terrorists; a sixth is arrested in Bahrain two days later.

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