Today in History: September 21, the Senate Confirms O’Connor

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, September 21, the 264th day of 2022. There are 101 days left in the year.

Highlights from today’s story:

On September 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female Supreme Court Justice.

To this date :

In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

In 1937, “The Hobbit”, by JRR Tolkien, was first published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd. from London.

In 1938, a hurricane hit parts of New York and New England, causing extensive damage and killing some 700 people.

In 1957, the legal crime drama “Perry Mason”, starring Raymond Burr, premiered on CBS-TV.

In 1961, the first Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter made its first hover flight.

In 1973, the United States Senate confirmed Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State.

In 1982, National Football League players went on a 57-day strike, their first regular season walkout.

In 1985, in North and South Korea, family members separated for decades were allowed to visit each other as the two countries opened their borders under an unprecedented family reunification program.

In 1989, Hurricane Hugo slammed into Charleston, South Carolina (the storm claimed 56 lives in the Caribbean and 29 in the United States). Twenty-one students in Alton, Texas died when their school bus, hit by a soft drink delivery truck, slammed into a water-filled pit.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act denying federal recognition of same-sex marriages, a day after saying the law should not be used as an excuse for discrimination, violence or intimidation against homosexuals. (Although it was never officially repealed, DoMA was effectively struck down by U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2013 and 2015.)

In 2001, Congress again opened federal coffers to victims of terrorism, providing $15 billion to the airline industry, which had been suffering mounting economic losses since the September 11 attacks.

In 2011, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, two Americans imprisoned in Iran as spies, left Tehran for the Gulf state of Oman, capping a high-profile drama that brought more than two years of hope and grief to their families. The State of Texas has executed Lawrence Russell Brewer for his role in the horrific dragging death of James Byrd Jr.

Ten years ago: People lined up to buy Apple’s iPhone5 when it was on sale in the US and several other countries. A man was bitten several times after jumping from a monorail in a tiger exhibit at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

Five years ago: Millions of people in Puerto Rico faced the prospect of weeks or months without power in the wake of Hurricane Maria. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss the ongoing crisis involving North Korea. Facebook said it would provide congressional investigators with the content of 3,000 ads purchased by a Russian agency; he had previously released the ads to federal authorities investigating Russian interference in the US presidential election.

A year ago: In his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Joe Biden urged the nations of the world to tackle the global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights violations. A coroner has confirmed that the human remains found in remote northern Wyoming are those of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old man who disappeared on a cross-country trip with boyfriend Brian Laundrie. (Laundrie’s body would be found in a Florida swamp in October; the FBI later said he admitted to killing Petito in a notebook that was discovered upon hearing his body.) Melvin Van Peebles, a playwright, musician and director whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” films of the 1970s, died at his New York home; he was 89.

Today’s birthdays: Writer-comedian Fannie Flagg turns 81. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is 79 years old. Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is 78. Musician Don Felder is 75 years old. Author Stephen King is 75 years old. Basketball Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore is 73 years old. Bill Murray is 72 years old. Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is 65. Producer and screenwriter Ethan Coen is 65 years old. Actor and comedian Dave Coulier is 63 years old. Actor David James Elliott is 62 years old. Actor Serena Scott Thomas is 61 years old. Actress Nancy Travis is 61 years old. Actor Rob Morrow is 60 years old. Actor Angus Macfadyen is 59 years old. Cecil Fielder, retired MLB All-Star, is 59. Actor Cheryl Hines is 57 years old. Reeves is 54 years old. Talk show host Ricki Lake is 54. Rapper Dave (De La Soul) is 54 years old. Actor Billy Porter is 53 years old. Actor Rob Benedict is 52 years old. Actor James Lesure is 51 years old. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro (rih-BEHR’ -oh) is 51 years old. Actor Luke Wilson is 51 years old. Actor Paulo Costanzo is 44 years old. Actor Bradford Anderson is 4 years old. 3. Actor Autumn Reeser is 42 years old. TV personality Nicole Richie is 41 years old. Actor Maggie Grace is 39 years old. Actor Joseph Mazzello is 39 years old. Actor Ahna O’Reilly is 38 years old. Rapper Wale (WAH’-lay) is 38 years old. R&B singer Jason Derulo is 36 years old. Actor Ryan Guzman is 35 years old. Actor Nikolas Brino is 24 years old.

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