TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IS FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, the 257th day of 2018. There are 108 days left in the year.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY:
On this date in 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin; Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.
In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the American flag flying over a Maryland fort following a night of British naval bombardment during the War of 1812.
In 1861, the first naval engagement of the Civil War took place when the USS Colorado attacked and sank the Confederate private schooner Judah off Pensacola, Fla.
In 1927, modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of the sports car she was riding in.
In 1954, the Soviet Union detonated a 40-kiloton atomic test weapon.
In 1975, Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.
In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before. In 2001, Americans packed churches and public squares on a day of remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. President George W. Bush attended services at Washington National Cathedral, then flew to New York and addressed rescue workers in a flag-waving, bullhorn-wielding show of resolve.
In 2012, fury over an anti-Muslim film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad spread across the Muslim world, with an American fast-food restaurant set ablaze in Lebanon and international peacekeepers attacked in the Sinai.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Actress Zoe Caldwell is 85. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is 78. Actor Robert Wisdom is 65. Rock musician Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) is 63. Country singersongwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is 62. Actress Mary Crosby and singer Morten Harket (a-ha) are 59. Actress Faith Ford and actor Jamie Kaler are 54. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is 53. Rock musician Mike Cooley (Drive By Truckers) is 52. Actor Dan Cortese is 51. Actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry is 49. Rock musician Craig Montoya (Tri Polar) is 48. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley is 47. Actor Austin Basis is 42. Pop singer Ayo is 38. Actor Sebastian Sozzi is 36. Singer Alex Clare is 33. Actor Chad Duell (TV: “General Hospital”) is 31. Actor-singer Logan Henderson is 29. Actress Emma Kenney is 19.