Today in history
Today is Thursday, September 14, the 257th day of 2017 and the 87th day of summer.
On this date in the SCV:
In 1988, The Signal reported that an involved series of land trades between the federal government and the city of Los Angeles could have resulted in a landfill being built on land in the National Forest. The trades were part of a complicated bill that would transfer 1,320 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in Elsmere Canyon to the city of Los Angeles, a mile northeast of the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 14. BKK Corp. intended to build a landfill in the canyon, which had been designated as one of six landfill sites being studied by the county and city of Los Angeles. Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson had been most vocal in favor of a new dump in Elsmere Canyon. A landfill in the SCV might have taken the pressure off Bernson and other San Fernando Valley politicians to approve Sunshine Canyon’s application to expand from city territory in the north end of the San Fernando Valley into the unincorporated county portion of Sylmar.
Today’s Highlights in History:
In 1812, the Fire of Moscow broke out as Russian troops left the city and the French Grande Armee entered. In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote “Defence of Fort McHenry,” the poem that provided the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In 1901, President William McKinley died of wounds received on Sept. 6 from an assassin’s bullet, and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as his
In 1994, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced the cancellation of the remainder of the season after a 34-day player strike.
Today’s fact: Elizabeth Ann Seton became the first American-born Catholic saint when she was canonized by Pope Paul VI on this day in 1975.
Today’s sports: In 1987, the Toronto Blue Jays hit a major-league record 10 home runs in a single game.
Today’s number: 14 – member states of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), including six in the Middle East, six in Africa and two in South America. OPEC was founded on this day in 1960.
Today’s moon: Between last quarter moon (Sept. 12) and new moon (Sept. 19).