Today in History: September 12, Steve Biko dies in custody

Today in History

Today is Monday, September 12, the 255th day of 2022. There are 110 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On September 12, 1977, black South African student leader and anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko (BEE’-koh), 30, died while in police custody, sparking an international outcry.

To this date :

In 1913, Olympic legend Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama.

In 1914, during the First World War, the First Battle of the Marne ended in an Allied victory against Germany.

In 1958, the United States Supreme Court, in Cooper v. Aaron, ruled unanimously that Arkansas officials who resist orders to desegregate public schools cannot ignore the High Court’s rulings.

In 1959, the Soviet Union launched its Luna 2 space probe, which crashed on the Moon. The Western TV series “Bonanza” premiered on NBC.

In 1962, in a speech at Rice University in Houston, President John F. Kennedy reaffirmed his support for the manned space program by saying, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy. , but because they are hard.

In 1987, reports surfaced that Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Biden had borrowed, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock (KIHN’-ik) for one of his own campaign speeches. (The Kinnock report, along with other damaging revelations, prompted Biden to drop his bid for the White House.)

In 1995, the Belarusian military shot down a hydrogen balloon during an international race, killing its two American pilots, John Stuart-Jervis and Alan Fraenckel.

In 2001, stunned rescue workers continued to search for bodies in the smoldering rubble of the World Trade Center a day after a terrorist attack that crippled the financial capital, badly damaged the Pentagon and claimed thousands of lives. President George W. Bush, calling the attacks in New York and Washington “acts of war”, spoke of “a monumental struggle of good against evil” and declared that “good will prevail”.

In 2003, in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, US forces mistakenly opened fire on vehicles carrying police officers, killing eight of them.

In 2005, Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Brown resigned, three days after losing his on-site command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

In 2008, a Metrolink commuter train rammed head-on into a freight train in Los Angeles, killing 25 people. (Federal investigators said Metrolink engineer Robert Sanchez, who was among those killed, texted his cellphone and ran a red light shortly before the crash.)

In 2011, Novak Djokovic beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1 to win his first US Open championship.

Ten years ago: The United States sent an elite group of Marines to Tripoli, Libya, after the mob attack in Benghazi killed the American ambassador and three other Americans. President Barack Obama strongly condemned the violence and pledged to bring the killers to justice; Republican challenger Mitt Romney has accused the administration of showing weakness in the face of tumultuous events in the Middle East.

Five years ago: Crews worked to repair the only highway connecting the Florida Keys, where 25% of homes were reportedly destroyed by Hurricane Irma; More than 9 million Floridians, nearly half of the state’s population, were still without power in the late summer heat. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced he is stepping down over allegations of sexual abuse. Gay rights pioneer Edith Windsor, whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down parts of a federal anti-same-sex marriage law, has died in New York at age 88.

A year ago: Novak Djokovic’s bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since 1969 ended in a loss to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final. Tailgating and face-painted fans returned in full force to stadiums across the country as the NFL opened its doors to full capacity for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. Lil Nas X won Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards, on a night that saw Justin Bieber triumphantly return to the stage as Performer and Artist of the Year winner. Max Scherzer of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the 19th pitcher in major league history with 3,000 career strikeouts; he also had a perfect game in the eighth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Linda Gray turns 82. Singer Maria Muldaur is 80 years old. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 71 years old. Singer-musician Gerry Beckley (America) is 70 years old. Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood turns 70. Former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is 66. Actor Rachel Ward is 65 years old. Actress Amy Yasbeck is 60 years old. Rock musician Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) is 57 years old. Actor Darren E. Burrows is 56 years old. Rock singer-musician Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 56 years old. Actor-comedian Louis (loo-ee) CK is 55 years old. Rock musician Larry LaLonde (Primus) is 54 years old. Golfer Angel Cabrera is 53 years old. Actor-singer Will Chase is 52 years old. Actor Josh Hopkins is 52 years old. Country singer Jennifer Nettles is 48 years old. Actor Lauren Stamile (stuh-MEE ‘-lay) is 46. Rapper 2 Chainz is 45 years old. Actor Kelly Jenrette is 44 years old. Actor Ben McKenzie is 44 years old. Singer Ruben Studdard is 44 years old. Basketball Hall of Fame player Yao Ming is 42 years old. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 41 years old. Alfie Allen is 36 years old. Actor Emmy Rossum is 36 years old. Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman is 33 years old. Country singer Kelsea Ballerini is 29. Colin Ford is 26 years old.

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