Today in History
Today is Sunday, September 11, the 254th day of 2022. There are 111 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed when 19 al-Qaeda hijackers took control of four jetliners, sending two of the planes into New York’s World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and the fourth in a field in western Pennsylvania.
To this date :
In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed as the first US Secretary of the Treasury.
In 1814, an American fleet won a decisive victory over the British at the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.
In 1936, Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) began operating when President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a button in Washington to signal the start of the dam’s first hydroelectric generator.
In 1941, the inauguration took place for the Pentagon. In a speech that drew accusations of anti-Semitism, Charles A. Lindbergh told an America First rally in Des Moines, Iowa, that “the British, Jewish and Roosevelt administrations” were pushing the United States toward war.
In 1954, the Miss America pageant made its television debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was crowned the winner.
In 1967, the comedy-variety program “The Carol Burnett Show” premiered on CBS.
In 1972, the troubled Summer Olympics in Munich came to an end. Northern California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system has begun operations.
In 1973 Chilean President Salvador Allende (ah-YEN’-day) died in a violent military coup.
In 1997, Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
In 2006, in a prime-time speech, President George W. Bush invoked the memory of the victims of the 9/11 attacks as he staunchly advocated the war in Iraq, while acknowledging that Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the attacks.
In 2008, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama put politics aside as they traveled together to Ground Zero on the anniversary of 9/11 to honor its victims.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton abruptly left a ground zero 9/11 anniversary event in New York City after feeling “overheated”, according to her campaign, and hours later her doctor revealed that the Democratic presidential candidate had pneumonia.
Ten years ago: A mob armed with guns and grenades launched a fiery nighttime attack on a US diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, killing US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney toned down campaign rhetoric and ran negative ads amid commemorations of the 9/11 attacks, saying it was not a day for politics.
Five years ago: Authorities sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy vessels to help with search and rescue operations in Florida, where an overflight of the Keys revealed what Gov. Rick Scott described as scenes of devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Irma weakened into a tropical storm, then a tropical depression, and finally left Florida after racing the full 400-mile length of the state. An estimated 13 million people in Florida were left without power.
A year ago: On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, relatives of the victims and four US presidents paid tribute to the sites where hijacked planes killed nearly 3,000 people, while others are gathered for celebrations or volunteer projects across the country; the anniversary came weeks after the US withdrew from Afghanistan, once again led by the same Taliban militant group that gave refuge to the plotters of 9/11. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a video marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, months after rumors spread that he had died. (The US would kill al-Zawahri in a drone strike in Kabul in July 2022.) British teenager Emma Raducanu beat Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the Champions League final. US Open to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam. title in the professional era.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Earl Holliman turns 94. Comedian Tom Dreesen is 83 years old. Director Brian De Palma is 82 years old. The singer-actor-dancer Lola Falana is 80 years old. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 79 years old. Guitarist Leo Kottke is 77 years old. Actor Phillip Alford is 74 years old. Actor Amy Madigan is 72 years old. Singer and rock musician Tommy Shaw (Styx) is 69 years old. Sports journalist Lesley Visser is 69 years old. Actor Reed Birney is 68 years old. Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson is 65. Musician Jon Moss (Culture Club) is 65 years old. Actor Scott Patterson is 64 years old. Rock musician Mick Talbot (The Style Council) is 64 years old. Actor/director Roxann Dawson is 64 years old. Actor John Hawkes is 63 years old. Actress Anne Ramsay is 62 years old. Actress Virginia Madsen is 61 years old. Actress Kristy McNichol is 60 years old. Musician-composer Moby is 57 years old. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is 57 years old. Economic journalist Maria Bartiromo is 55 years old. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 55 years old. Actor Taraji (tuh-RAH’-jee) P. Henson is 52 years old. Actor Laura Wright is 52 years old. Rock musician Jeremy Popoff (lit) is 51 years old. Blogger Markos Moulitsas is 51 years old. Singer Brad Fischetti (LFO) is 47 years old. Rock musician Jon Buckland (Coldplay) is 45. Rapper Ludacris is 45 years old. Rock singer Ben Lee is 44 years old. Actor Ryan Slattery is 44 years old. Actor Ariana Richards is 43 years old. Country singer Charles Kelley (Lady A) is 41. Actor Elizabeth Henstridge is 35. Actor Tyler Hoechlin (HEK’-lihn) is 35 years old. Actor Mackenzie Aladjem is 21 years old.