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To­day is Fri­day, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2017. There are 107 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Septem­ber 15, 1940, dur­ing the World War II Bat­tle of Bri­tain, the tide turned as the Royal Air Force in­flicted heavy losses upon the Luft­waffe.

On this date:

In 1789, the U.S. Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs was re­named the Depart­ment of State.

In 1807, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Aaron Burr was ac­quit­ted of a mis­de­meanor charge two weeks af­ter he was found not guilty of trea­son.

In 1857, Wil­liam Howard Taft — who served as Pres­i­dent of the United States and as U.S. chief jus­tice — was born in Cincin­nati, Ohio.

In 1917, the first is­sue of Forbes mag­a­zine was pub­lished.

In 1935, the Nurem­berg Laws de­prived Ger­man Jews of their cit­i­zen­ship.

In 1942, dur­ing World War II, the air­craft car­rier USS Wasp was tor­pe­doed by a Ja­panese sub­ma­rine; the U.S. Navy ended up sink­ing the badly dam­aged ves­sel.

In 1950, dur­ing the Korean con­flict, United Na­tions forces landed at In­cheon in the south and be­gan their drive to­ward Seoul (sohl).

In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off dur­ing Sun­day ser­vices at the 16th Street Bap­tist Church in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama. (Three Ku Klux Klans­men were even­tu­ally con­victed for their roles in the blast.)

In 1972, a fed­eral grand jury in Wash­ing­ton in­dicted seven men in con­nec­tion with the Water­gate break-in.

In 1981, the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove the Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion of San­dra Day O’Con­nor.

In 1997, two of the na­tion’s most pop­u­lar diet drugs — dexfen­flu­ramine and fen­flu­ramine — were pulled off the mar­ket be­cause of new ev­i­dence they could se­ri­ously dam­age pa­tients’ hearts.

In 2000, the 2000 Sum­mer Olympics opened in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, with a seem­ingly end­less pa­rade of ath­letes and coaches and a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play; Abo­rig­ine run­ner Cathy Free­man ig­nited an Olympic ring of fire.

In 2007: In his Satur­day ra­dio ad­dress, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush said while “for­mi­da­ble chal­lenges” re­mained in Iraq, the United States would start shift­ing more troops into sup­port roles in ad­di­tion to troop with­drawals an­nounced ear­lier. Sev­eral thou­sand pro­test­ers marched from the White House to the Capi­tol to de­mand an end to the Iraq war. Sarah Thomas be­came the first fe­male of­fi­cial to work a game in the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion, formerly I-A, serv­ing as the line judge in the Jack­sonville State-Mem­phis game (which Mem­phis won, 35-14).

In 2016: A re­port is­sued by the Repub­li­can-led House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee con­demned Ed­ward Snow­den, say­ing the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency leaker was not a whistle­blower and that the vast ma­jor­ity of the doc­u­ments he stole were de­fense se­crets that had noth­ing to do with pri­vacy; Snow­den’s at­tor­ney blasted the re­port, say­ing it was an at­tempt to dis­credit a “gen­uine Amer­i­can hero.”

To­day’s Birth­days:

Ac­tor For­rest Comp­ton is 92. Co­me­dian Norm Crosby is 90. Ac­tor Henry Dar­row is 84. Base­ball Hall of Famer Gay­lord Perry is 79. Ac­tress Car­men Maura is 72. Opera singer Jessye Nor­man is 72. Writer-di­rec­tor Ron Shel­ton is 72. Ac­tor Tommy Lee Jones is 71. Movie di­rec­tor Oliver Stone is 71. Rock mu­si­cian Kelly Keagy (KAY’-gee) (Night Ranger) is 65. Rock mu­si­cian Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dum­mies) is 57. Foot­ball Hall of Famer Dan Marino is 56. Ac­tor Danny Nucci is 49. Rap DJ Kay Gee is 48. Ac­tor Josh Charles is 46. Singer Ivette (EE’-veht) Sosa (Eden’s Crush) is 41. Ac­tor Tom Hardy is 40. Ac­tress Marisa Ramirez is 40. Pop-rock mu­si­cian Zach Filkins (OneRepub­lic) is 39. Ac­tor Dave Annable is 38. Ac­tress Amy David­son is 38. Bri­tain’s Prince Harry is 33. Ac­tress Kate Mansi is 30.

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