The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)
TODAY IN HISTORY
The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.
Author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40.
A major wildfire devastated the northern Minnesota towns of Spooner and Baudette, charring at least 300,000 acres; some 40 people are believed to have died.
Marian Anderson became the first Black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.
Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean.
Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten and left tied to a wooden fencepost outside of Laramie, Wyo.; he died five days later.
The war in Afghanistan started as the United States and Britain launched air attacks against military targets and Osama bin Laden’s training camps in the wake of the September 11attacks.