13th September: Today In History

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13th, the 256th day of 2017. There are 109 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
1788:  The Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the temporary national capital.
1759:  During the French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City.
1814:  During the War of 1812, British naval forces began bombarding Fort McHenry in Baltimore but were driven back by American defenders in a battle that lasted until the following morning.
1911:  The song “Oh, You Beautiful Doll,” a romantic rag by Nat D. Ayer and Seymour Brown, was first published by Jerome H. Remick & Co.
1923:  Miguel Primo de Rivera, the captain general of Catalonia, seized power in Spain.
1948:  Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate; she became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
1959:  Elvis Presley first met his future wife, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, while stationed in West Germany with the U.S. Army. (They married in 1967, but divorced in 1973.)
1962:  Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett rejected the U.S. Supreme Court’s order for the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a black student, declaring in a televised address, “We will not drink from the cup of genocide.”
1971:  A four-day inmates’ rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed the lives of 32 inmates and 11 hostages.
1977:  Conductor Leopold Stokowski died in Hampshire, England, at age 95.
1989:  Fay Vincent was elected commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti (juh-MAH’-tee).
1997:  Funeral services were held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.
2002:  The earliest known online use of the term “selfie” (a photographic self-portrait, usually taken with a smartphone) occurred on an Australian Broadcasting Corp. website forum; it came from a man named Nathan Hope, who denied coining the term, saying it was “common slang.”
Actress Barbara Bain is 86.
Actress Eileen Fulton (TV: “As the World Turns”) is 84.
Actor Joe E. Tata is 81.
TV producer Fred Silverman is 80.
Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) is 76.
Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 73.
Singer Peter Cetera is 73.
Quotes Of The Day:
 “Better to be without logic than without feeling.” — Charlotte Bronte (BRAWN’-tee),

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