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This Day In History: Sept. 9

This Day in History

1513: A Scottish army commanded by James IV, king of Scotland, is defeated by the English in the Battle of Flodden Field. James is among the dead.
1850: Under Sen. Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850, California is admitted to the Union as the 31st state, with slavery forbidden. Also under the measure, Utah and New Mexico become territories, the Fugitive Slave Law is made more harsh, and the slave trade is ended in the District of Columbia.
1919: Boston police go on strike. Governor Calvin Coolidge calls in the National Guard and states that "there is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anytime, anywhere."
1945: Gen. Douglas MacArthur takes over supervision of occupied Japan.
1965: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax throws the 4th no-hitter of his baseball career, a perfect game, beating the Chicago Cubs by a score of 1-0.
1972: The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team loses the gold medal for the first time in a controversial finish with the Soviets.
1976: Chinese leader Mao Zedong dies in Beijing.
1998: Independent counsel Kenneth Starr delivers to the U.S. House what he calls "substantial and credible information that may constitute grounds" for impeaching Pres. Bill Clinton.
2001: In Afghanistan, two men linked to al-Qaeda, posing as journalists, are believed responsible for the suicide bombing on that kills Northern Alliance commander Ahmed Shah Massoud.
2003: The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Boston and lawyers representing about 550 victims of sexual abuse by priests announce a settlement worth up to $85 million.

Today's Birthdays

1585: Cardinal Richelieu (Armand Jean du Plessis), French statesman/political adviser (France; died 1642)
1711: Thomas Hutchinson, MA colonial governor (Boston, MA; died 1780)
1737: Luigi Galvani, physician and physicist (Bologna, Italy; died 1798)
1754: William Bligh, captain of the H.M.S. Bounty (Cornwall, England; died 1817)
1828: Leo Tolstoy, novelist/short-story writer/philosopher (Tula Province, Russia; died 1910)
1890: Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (near Henryville, IN; died 1980)
1900: James Hilton, novelist (Britain; died 1954)
1923: Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, virologist, pediatrician, and Nobel laureate (Yonkers, NY)
1925: Cliff Robertson, actor (La Jolla, CA)
1934: Sylvia Miles, actress (New York, NY)
1944: Roger Waters, musician and member of Pink Floyd (Great Brookham, England)
1946: Billy Preston, musician/singer/songwriter (Houston, TX; died 2006)
1949: Joe Theisman, football quarterback and sportscaster (New Brunswick, NJ)
1950: Tom Wopat, actor/singer (Lodi, WI)
1951: Michael Keaton, actor (Pittsburgh, PA)
1952: Angela Cartwright, actress (Cheshire, England)
1960: Hugh Grant, actor (London, England)
1966: Adam Sandler, actor/comedian (Brooklyn, NY)
1967: B. J. Armstrong, basketball player (Detroit, MI)


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