TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - KICKOFF -

Sept. 14, 1814

Fran­cis Scott Key was in­spired to write the poem “De­fence of Fort McHenry” (later “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner”) af­ter wit­ness­ing the Amer­i­can flag fly­ing over the Mary­land fort fol­low­ing a night of Bri­tish naval bom­bard­ment dur­ing the War of 1812. ALSO ON THIS DATE

1901

Pres­i­dent Wil­liam McKin­ley died in Buf­falo, New York, of gun­shot wounds in­flicted by an as­sas­sin; Vice Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt suc­ceeded him.

1982

Princess Grace of Monaco, for­merly ac­tress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of in­juries from a car crash the day be­fore.

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