Wednesday, September 14, 2011

14th of September

It is the 257th day of the year, with 108 days remaining until the new year.

1814 - The poem Defence of Fort McHenry is written by Francis Scott Key.  The poem is later used as the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner.

1836 - Aaron Burr, American political figure but known for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804.  He dies at the age of 80.

1847 - Winfield Scott captures Mexico City during the Mexican-American War.

1862 - The Battle of South Mountain, part of the Maryland Campaign, is fought.

1869 - Kid Nichols, American baseball player, known for his steadfast consistency and a winner of 361 games.

1901 - William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt eight days earlier.  He is succeeded as President of the United States by Theodore Roosevelt.

1944 - Maastricht becomes the first Dutch city to be liberated by Allied forces.

1948 - Groundbreaking for the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

1958 - The first two German post-war rockets, designed by the German engineer Ernst Mohr, reach the upper atmosphere.

1960 - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, known as OPEC, is founded.

1982 - Grace Kelly, American actress, who became Princess consort of Monaco, dies at the age of 52.

1984 - Joe Kittinger, becomes the first person to fly a hot air balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

1987 - The Toronto Blue Jays, set a record for the most home runs in a single game, hitting 10 in total.

1994 - The Major League Baseball season is canceled because of a strike.

2009 - Patrick Swayze, American actor who is best known for his tough guy roles and as a romantic leading man, dies at the age of 57.

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