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Today in history

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Today is the 261st day of 2021 and the 91st day of summer.

Today’s history: 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerston­e for the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

▪ In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slave owners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to free states

▪ In 1947, the National Security Act took effect, establishi­ng the Central Intelligen­ce Agency and making the Air Force an independen­t branch of the U.S. military

▪ In 2014, a majority of voters in Scotland chose to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Today’s fact: 2009, the final episode of the soap opera “Guiding Light” aired, ending its 72-year broadcast run on radio and TV.

Today’s sports: 1999, Sammy Sosa became the first Major League Baseball player to hit more than 60 home runs in two seasons.

Today’s number: $1 billion — donation pledged “to United Nations causes” by media mogul Ted Turner on this day in 1997. Turner’s United Nations Foundation donated its billionth dollar in 2006, $600 million of which came from Turner himself.

Today’s moon: Between first quarter moon (Sept. 13) and full moon (Sept. 20).

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