Saturday, September 12, 2015

Today in History: Saturday, September 12, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On Sept. 12, 2001, President George W. Bush labeled the previous day's terrorist attacks "acts of war" and asked Congress for $20 billion to rebuild and recover.
 
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On this date in:
1609English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.
1880Journalist and critic H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore.
1938In a speech in Nuremberg, Adolf Hitler demanded self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.
1943German paratroopers rescued former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held prisoner by his own government.
1944U.S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time during World War II, near Trier.
1953Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.
1954"Lassie" made its TV debut on CBS.
1959"Bonanza" premiered on NBC.
1974Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by Ethiopia's military after ruling for 58 years.
1977South African black student leader Steven Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry.
2000Dutch lawmakers gave same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children.
2002President George W. Bush told the United Nations to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Saddam Hussein's Iraq or stand aside as the United States acted.
2003Country musician Johnny Cash died at age 71.
2005Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown resigned, three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
2006In a speech in his native Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted from an obscure medieval text that characterized some teachings of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman," unleashing a torrent of rage across the Islamic world.
2008A commuter train engineer ran a red light while text messaging on his cell phone and struck a freight train head-on in Los Angeles, killing himself and 24 other people.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor-comedian Louis C.K. turns 48 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Dickie MooreActor ("Our Gang" films)90
Henry WaxmanU.S. congressman, D-Calif.76
Linda GrayActress ("Dallas")75
Maria MuldaurRock singer73
Joe PantolianoActor ("The Sopranos")64
Nina BlackwoodMTV VJ63
Neil PeartRock musician (Rush)63
Peter ScolariActor ("Newhart," "Bosom Buddies")60
Rachel WardActress58
Scott BrownFormer U.S. senator, R-Mass.56
Amy YasbeckActress53
Ben FoldsRock singer, musician (Ben Folds Five)49
Jennifer NettlesCountry singer (Sugarland)41
Ben McKenzieActor ("The O.C.")37
Ruben StuddardR&B singer ("American Idol")37
Yao MingBasketball player35
Emmy RossumActress29
Andrew LuckFootball player26
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback turns 59 years old today.
AP Photo/Orlin Wagner
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