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Today in history


Today is the 264th day of 2021 and the 94th day of summer.

Today’s history: In 1792, the French National Convention declared France a republic and voted to abolish the monarchy.

▪ In 1897, the New York Sun published an editorial by Francis Pharcellus Church that included the nowfamous phrase, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

▪ In 1981, the U.S. Senate unanimousl­y approved Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Supreme Court justice.

Today’s sports: In 1970, “Monday Night Football” made its ABC broadcast debut with a game between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns.

Today’’s number: 7 — novels published by Stephen King under the pen name Richard Bachman, which King used in his early career because publishers told him audiences wouldn’t buy more than one book per year from the same writer.

Today’s moon: Between full moon (Sept. 20) and last quarter moon (Sept. 28).

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