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This Day In History: Sept. 18

This Day in History

1759: In the French and Indian War, the British capture Quebec.
1793: Pres. George Washington lays the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
1810: The town council of Santiago, Chile deposes the colonial governor of Chile, thus establishing Chilean independence from Spain .
1830: The Tom Thumb, the first U.S.-built locomotive, loses a celebrated race with a horse when its boiler springs a leak.
1931: The Japanese extend their military control over all of Manchuria.
1947: The National Military Establishment, precursor to the Department of Defense, is created. The U.S. Air Force officially becomes a separate military service.
1994: An agreement is reached with Haitian military leaders to restore deposed Pres. Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power, averting a U.S. military invasion.
1998: The Senate sustains Pres. Bill Clinton's veto of a ban on partial-birth abortions.
2001: U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announces new rules allowing the detention of immigrants suspected of terrorism for up to 48 hours, or longer in extraordinary circumstances, without charging them.

Today's Birthdays

1709: Samuel Johnson, lexicographer/author/scholar/critic (Lichfield, Staffordshire, England; died 1784)
1895: John George Diefenbaker, prime minister of Canada (Grey Co., Ontario, Canada; died 1979)
1905: Agnes DeMille, dancer/choreographer (New York, NY; died 1993). Greta Garbo, actress (Stockholm, Sweden; died 1990)
1916: Rossano Brazzi, actor (Bologna, Italy; died 1994)
1920: Jack Warden, actor (Newark, NJ; died 2006)
1933: Robert Blake, actor (Nutley, NJ)
1939: Frankie Avalon, singer/actor (Philadelphia, PA)
1946: Gailard Sartain, actor (Tulsa, OK)
1959: Ryne Sandberg, baseball player (Spokane, WA)
1961: James Gandolfini, actor (Westwood, NJ)
1971: Lance Armstrong, world-champion cyclist (Plano, TX)

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