TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today's High­light in History:

On Sept. 11, 2001, on Amer­ica’s sin­gle-worst day of ter­ror­ism, nearly 3,000 peo­ple were killed as 19 alQaida mem­bers hi­jacked four pas­sen­ger jet­lin­ers, send­ing two of the planes smash­ing into New York’s World Trade Cen­ter, one into the Pen­tagon and the fourth into a field in western Penn­syl­va­nia.

Other Highlights Today: In 1297, Scot­tish rebels led by Wil­liam Wal­lace and Andrew Mo­ray de­feated English troops in the Bat­tle of Stir­ling Bridge dur­ing the First War of Scot­tish In­de­pen­dence.

In 1789, Alexan­der Hamil­ton was ap­pointed the first U.S. Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury.

In 1814, an Amer­i­can fleet scored a de­ci­sive vic­tory over the Bri­tish in the Bat­tle of Lake Cham­plain in the War of 1812.

In 1857, the Mountain Mead­ows Mas­sacre took place in present-day south­ern Utah as a 120-mem­ber Arkansas im­mi­grant party was slaugh­tered by Mor­mon mili­ti­a­men aided by Paiute In­di­ans.

In 1936, Boul­der Dam (now Hoover Dam) be­gan op­er­a­tion as Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt pressed a key in Washington to sig­nal the startup of the dam’s first hy­dro­elec­tric gen­er­a­tor.

In 1941, ground­break­ing took place for the Pen­tagon. In a speech that drew ac­cu­sa­tions of anti-Semitism, Charles A. Lind­bergh told an Amer­ica First rally in Des Moines, Iowa, that “the Bri­tish, the Jewish and the Roo­sevelt ad­min­is­tra­tion” were push­ing the United States to­ward war.

In 1954, the Miss Amer­ica pageant made its net­work TV de­but on ABC; Miss Cal­i­for­nia, Lee Meri­wether, was crowned the win­ner.

In 1967, the com­edy-va­ri­ety pro­gram “The Carol Bur­nett Show” pre­miered on CBS.

In 2003, ac­tor John Rit­ter died six days be­fore his 55th birth­day at Prov­i­dence St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bur­bank, Calif. — the same hospi­tal where he was born in 1948.

In 2006, in a prime-time ad­dress, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush in­voked the mem­ory of the vic­tims of the 9/11 at­tacks as he staunchly de­fended the war in Iraq, though he ac­knowl­edged that Sad­dam Hus­sein was not re­spon­si­ble for the at­tacks.

In 2007, a new Osama bin Laden video­tape was re­leased on the sixth an­niver­sary of 9/11; in it, the al-Qaida leader’s voice is heard com­mem­o­rat­ing one of the sui­cide hi­jack­ers and call­ing on young Mus­lims to fol­low his ex­am­ple by mar­tyring them­selves in at­tacks.

In 2012, a mob armed with guns and grenades launched a fiery night­long at­tack on a U.S. diplo­matic out­post and a CIA an­nex in Beng­hazi, Libya, killing U.S. Am­bas­sador Chris Stevens and three other Amer­i­cans.

Today's Birth­days: Ac­tor Earl Hol­li­man is 90. Co­me­dian Tom Dreesen is

79. Movie di­rec­tor Brian De Palma is

78. Singer-ac­tress-dancer Lola Falana is 76. Rock mu­si­cian Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 75.

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