September 13, 1956: IBM introduces the RAMAC 305, the first commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage. It weighs over a ton. September 14, 1814: Francis Scott Key pens the poem “Defense of Fort McHenry” while witnessing the British bombardment of the fort onboard a British warship. The words become the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
September 15, 1821: Act of Independence of Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras and Nicaragua declare their independence from the Spanish Empire.
September 16, 1974: President Gerald R. Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters. September 17, 1849: Harriet
Tubman first escapes slavery in Dorchester County, Mar yland with two of her brothers.
September 18, 1970: Jimi Hendrix dies in London from barbiturate overdose/asphyxiation at age 27. He is regarded by many as one of the most influential electric
guitarist in the history of popular music.
September 19, 1952: The U.S. bars Charlie Chapman from reentering the country after a trip to the UK because of his criticism of capitalism and other political views.