Friday, September 25, 2015

Today in History: Friday, September 25, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On Sept. 25, 1957, Nine black children who had been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class by members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.
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On this date in:
1493Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
1513Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama to reach the Pacific Ocean.
1775American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured by the British as he led an attack on Montreal.
1789The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)
1890Mormon president Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy.
1897Author William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Miss.
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1919President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, Colo., during a tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles.
1956The first trans-Atlantic telephone cable went into service.
1980Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, 32, choked to death on his own vomit after a drinking binge.
1981Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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2001Saudi Arabia cut its relations with Afghanistan's ruling Taliban.
2011Two American hikers held for more than two years in an Iranian prison, returned to the United States.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Michael Douglas turns 71 years old today.
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Robert GatesFormer secretary of defense72
Robert WaldenActor ("Lou Grant")72
Cheryl TiegsModel68
Mimi KennedyActress66
Anson WilliamsActor ("Happy Days")66
Mark HamillActor ("Star Wars")64
Bob McAdooBasketball Hall of Famer64
Jimmy SturrPolka bandleader64
Michael MadsenActor57
Heather LocklearActress ("Melrose Place," "Spin City")54
Aida TurturroActress ("The Sopranos")53
Tate DonovanActor ("Damages")52
Scottie PippenBasketball Hall of Famer50
Will SmithActor47
Catherine Zeta-JonesActress46
Bridgette Wilson-SamprasActress42
Clea DuVallActress38
Donald GloverActor ("Community")32
TV personality Barbara Walters ("The View") turns 86 years old today.
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