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This Day in History – September 11, 2011




1773 Benjamin Franklin writes “There never was a good war or bad peace.” 1776 British-American peace conference on Staten Island fails to stop nascent American Revolutionary War. 1789 Alexander Hamilton is appointed the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. 1792 The Hope Diamond is stolen along with other French crown jewels when six men break into the house used to store them. 1813 War of 1812: British troops arrive in Mount Vernon and prepare to march to and invade Washington D.C.. 1814 War of 1812: The climax of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a major United States victory in the war. 1847 Stephen Foster’s well-known song, Oh! Susanna, is first performed at a saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1857 The Mountain Meadows Massacre: Mormon settlers and Paiutes massacre 120 pioneers at Mountain Meadows, Utah. 1875 1st newspaper cartoon strip 1903 The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world. 1921 Nahalal, the first moshav in Palestine, is settled as part of a Zionist plan to colonize Palestine and creating a Jewish state, later to be Israel. 1922 The British Mandate of Palestine begins. 1923 The ZR-1 (biggest active dirigible) flies over NY’s tallest skyscraper, the Woolworth Tower 1941 Charles Lindbergh, charges “the British, the Jewish & the Roosevelt administration” are trying to get the US into WW II 1941 Ground is broken for the construction of The Pentagon. 1946 1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation 1950 Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence 1951 Florence Chadwick becomes 1st woman to swim the English Channel from England to France. It takes 16 hours & 19 minutes 1954 1st Miss America TV broadcast 1961 Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund. 1961 Hurricane Carla strikes the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, the second strongest storm ever to hit the state. 1970 The Dawson’s Field hijackers release 88 of their hostages. The remaining hostages, mostly Jews and Israeli citizens, are held until September 25. 1978 U.S. President Jimmy Carter, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel meet at Camp David and agree on the Camp David Accords a framework for peace between Israel and Egypt and a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. 1985 Pete Rose of the Cin Reds gets career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb’s record 1986 Dow Jones Industrial Avg suffered biggest 1-day decline ever, plummeting 86.61 points to 1,792.89. 237.57 million shares traded 1992 Hurricane Iniki, one of the most damaging hurricanes in United States history, devastates the Hawaiian islands of Kauai and Oahu. 1997 NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars. 2001 The September 11 attacks take place in the United States. Airplane hijackings result in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, damage to The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the crashing of a passenger airliner near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2004 All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria). 2007 Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs.]]]]> ]]>

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