Today in history
Today in history
Today is Wednesday, September 22, the 265th day of 2021. There are 100 days left in the year. Fall arrives at 3:20 p.m. EDT.
The highlight of today’s history:
On September 22, 2014, the United States and five Arab countries launched airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, sending waves of Tomahawk cruise planes and missiles against an array of targets.
To this date :
In 1761, the King of England George III and his wife Charlotte were crowned at Westminster Abbey.
In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Captain Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863.
In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous “long count” fight in Chicago.
In 1949, the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb.
In 1950, Omar N. Bradley was promoted to the rank of Five-Star General, joining an elite group that included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall and Henry H. “Hap” Arnold.
In 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued rules prohibiting racial discrimination on interstate buses.
In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but failed.
In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq degenerated into full-scale war.
In 1993, 47 people were killed when an Amtrak passenger train fell from a bridge and crashed into Big Bayou Canot near Mobile, Alabama. (A tug pilot lost in fog pushed a barge into the railroad bridge, bending the 38-inch rails a few minutes before the train arrived.)
In 1995, an AWACS plane carrying US and Canadian military crashed while taking off from Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, Alaska, killing all 24 people on board.
In 2017, Senator John McCain declared his opposition to the GOP’s ultimate effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” the second time in three months McCain had become the destroyer of his party’s signature pledge to voters.
Ten years ago: US diplomats led a walkout at the United Nations General Assembly as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE’-neh-zhahd) fiercely attacked the United States and major nations of the United Nations Western Europe as “arrogant powers” ruled by greed and hungry for military adventurism. Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Germany for his first state visit to his native country.
Five years ago: Prosecutors charged a white Oklahoma police officer with first degree manslaughter less than a week after killing an unarmed black man on a city street, claiming in court documents that the officer “reacted unreasonably”. (Betty Shelby was acquitted in May 2017 of manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.) Hackers have been revealed to have stolen personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what would have been the most large digital break-in into an email provider.
A year ago: Coronavirus deaths in the United States topped 200,000, by far the highest number of confirmed deaths from the virus in the world at that time, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University . The United Nations General Assembly convened for its first-ever virtual meeting, as Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged nations to tackle the coronavirus and the “economic calamity” it had unleashed, as well as the risk of a new cold war between the United States and China. Louisiana State Soldier Chris Hollingsworth died after a single vehicle crash hours after learning he would be fired for his role in the 2019 in-custody death of black man Ronald Greene , following a high speed chase. . Bypassing the mayor’s veto, Seattle City Council voted to cut police budgets and reallocate money to community programs. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from a Berlin hospital after more than a month of treatment for poisoning. (Navalny would be arrested and jailed upon his return to Russia.)
Today’s birthdays: Dancer / choreographer / singer Toni Basil is 78 years old. Actor Paul Le Mat is 76 years old. The musician King Sunny Adé (ah-DAY ‘) is 75 years old. Captain Mark Phillips is 73 years old. Rock singer David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) is 70 years old. Actress Shari Belafonte is 67 years old. Singer Debby Boone is 65. Country singer June Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 65. Singer Nick Cave is 64 years old. Rock singer Johnette Napolitano is 64 years old. Actress Lynn Herring is 64. Classic crossover singer Andrea Bocelli (an-DRAY’-ah boh-CHEL’-ee) is 63 years old. Singer and musician Joan Jett is 63 years old. Actor Scott Baio is 61 years old. Actress Catherine Oxenberg is 60 years old. Actress Bonnie Hunt is 60 years old. Actor Rob Stone is 59 years old. Actor Dan Bucatinsky (TV: “24: Legacy”) is 56 years old. Musician Matt Sharp is 52 years old. Rock musician Dave Hernandez is 51 years old. Rapper Mystikal is 51 years old. R&B singer Big Rube (Society of Soul) is 50 years old. Actor James Hillier (TV: “The Crown”) is 48 years old. Actress Mireille Enos is 46 years old. Actress Daniella Alonso is 43 years old. Actor Michael Graziadei (GRAHT’-zee-uh-day-ee) is 42 years old. Actor Ashley Eckstein is 40 years old. Act or Katie Lowes is 39 years old. Rock musician Will Farquarson (Bastille) is 38 years old. Actor Tatiana Maslany is 36 years old. Actor Ukweli Roach (TV: “Blindspot”) is 35 years old. Actor Tom Felton is 34 years old. Actor Teyonah Parris is 34 years old. Actor Juliette Goglia is 26 years old. Actor Dalya Knapp is 11 years old.