The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

To­day is Sun­day, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2018. There are 113 days left in the year.

To­day’s Highlight in His­tory

On Sept. 9, 1850, Cal­i­for­nia be­came the 31st state of the union.

On this date

In 1543, Mary Stu­art was crowned Queen of Scots at Stir­ling Cas­tle, nine months af­ter she was born.

In 1776, the sec­ond Con­ti­nen­tal Congress made the term “United States” of­fi­cial, re­plac­ing “United Colonies.”

In 1948, the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Korea (North Korea) was de­clared. In 1957, Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower signed the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Re­con­struc­tion, a mea­sure pri­mar­ily con­cerned with pro­tect­ing vot­ing rights and which also es­tab­lished a Civil Rights Divi­sion in the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice.

In 1971, pris­on­ers seized con­trol of the max­i­mum-se­cu­rity At­tica Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity near Buf­falo, New York, be­gin­ning a siege that ended up claim­ing 43 lives.

In 1976, JVC un­veiled its new VHS video­cas­sette recorder dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion in Tokyo. In 1991, boxer Mike Tyson was in­dicted in In­di­anapo­lis on a charge of rap­ing De­siree Wash­ing­ton, a beauty pageant con­tes­tant. (Tyson was con­victed and ended up serv­ing three years of a six-year prison sen­tence.)

To­day’s Birthdays

Ac­tress Sylvia Miles is 84. Ac­tor Topol is 83. Rhythm-and­blues singer Luther Sim­mons is 76. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 73. Rock mu­si­cian John McFee (The Doo­bie Broth­ers) is 68. Ac­tor Tom Wopat is 67. Ac­tress An­gela Cartwright is

66. Ac­tor Hugh Grant is 58. Ac­tress Con­stance Marie is

53. Ac­tor David Ben­nent is 52. Ac­tor Adam San­dler is 52. Rock singer Paul Durham (Black Lab) is 50. Ac­tress Ju­lia Sawalha is

50. Ac­tor Eric Ston­estreet is

47. Ac­tor Henry Thomas is 47. Ac­tor Go­ran Vis­njic is 46. Latin singer Maria Rita is 41. Ac­tress Michelle Wil­liams is 38. Ac­tress Julie Gon­zalo is 37.

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