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This Day In History: Sept. 21

This Day in History

1784: The first successful U.S. daily newspaper, the Pennsylvania Packet & General Advertiser, is published.
1957: Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus complies with a federal court order to remove National Guardsmen from a Little Rock high school, where they have prevented black students from entering, but the students are ordered to withdraw by local authorities.
1964: Malta becomes an independent nation.
1970: Monday Night Football debuts on TV, with the Cleveland Browns football team defeating the NY Jets, 31-21 in the first game.
1981: Belize finally attains full independence, but Guatemala refuses to recognize the new nation; about 1500 British troops remain to protect Belize from the Guatemalan threat.
1982: NFL players go on strike for the first time in the regular season; they are out 8 weeks.
1998: A videotape of Pres. Bill Clinton's testimony before a grand jury on his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, lasting more than 4 hours, is shown on TV.
2001: Congress approves a $15 billion bailout package for America's whose passenger numbers have plummeted following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The Dow Jones average hits 8,235.81, its lowest level since Sept. 11 and a decline of almost 1,800 points from its highest level of the month.
First Lady Laura Bush attends a memorial service near the crash site in Shanksville, PA, of hijacked United flight 93.:

Today's Birthdays

1415: Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor (Innsbruck, Austria; died 1493)
1452: Girolamo Savonarola, preacher and reformer (Ferrara, Italy; died 1498)
1645: Louis Jolliet, explorer with Jacques Marquette (near Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; died 1700)
1822: Hiram R(hoades) Revels, first black U.S. senator (Fayetteville, NC; died 1901)
1866: H. G. Wells, novelist (Bromley, Kent, England; died 1946)
1909: Kwame Nkrumah, prime minister and president of Ghana, (Nkroful, Ghana; died 1972)
1912: Chuck Jones, animator (Spokane, WA; died 2002)
1931: Larry Hagman, actor (Weatherford, TX)
1934: Leonard Cohen, singer/songwriter (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
1935: Henry Gibson, comedian/actor (Germantown, PA)
1940: Bill Kurtis, TV journalist (Pensacola, FL)
1944: Fannie Flagg, actress/writer (Birmingham, AL)
1947: Stephen King, horror novelist (Portland, ME). Marsha Norman, playwright (Louisville, KY)
1950: Bill Murray, actor/comedian (Evanston, IL)
1957: Ethan Coen, producer/screenwriter (St. Louis Park, MN)
1962: Rob Morrow, actor (New Rochelle, NY)
1963: Cecil Fielder, baseball player (Los Angeles, CA)
1967: Faith Hill, singer (Jackson, MS)
1968: Ricki Lake, TV personality/actress (New York, NY)
1971: Luke Wilson, actor (Dallas, TX)


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