The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

To­day is Fri­day, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2018. There are 108 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Sept. 14, 1901, Pres­i­dent Wil­liam McKin­ley died in Buf­falo, N.Y., of gun­shot wounds in­flicted by an as­sas­sin; Vice Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt suc­ceeded him.

On this date:

In 1814, Fran­cis Scott Key was in­spired to write the poem “De­fence of Fort McHenry” (later “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner”) af­ter wit­ness­ing the Amer­i­can flag fly­ing over the 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 as the USS Colorado at­tacked and sank the Con­fed­er­ate pri­vate schooner Ju­dah off Pen­sacola, Florida.

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 1972, the fam­ily drama se­ries “The Wal­tons” pre­miered on CBS.

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; Le­banon’s pres­i­dent-elect, Bashir Ge­mayel, was killed by a bomb.

In 1985, Shi­ite Mus­lim kid­nap­pers in Le­banon re­leased the Rev. Ben­jamin Weir af­ter hold­ing him cap­tive for 16 months.

In 1991, the gov­ern­ment of South Africa, the African Na­tional Congress and the Inkatha Free­dom Party signed a na­tional peace pact.

In 1994, on the 34th day of a strike by play­ers, Act­ing Base­ball Com­mis­sioner Bud Selig an­nounced the 1994 sea­son was over.

In 2001, Amer­i­cans packed churches and clogged public squares on a day of re­mem­brance for the vic­tims of the Sept. 11 at­tacks. Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush prayed with his Cab­i­net and at­tended ser vices at Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral, then flew to New York, where he waded into the ru­ins of the World Trade Cen­ter 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 deadly clashes near Western em­bassies in Tu­nisia and Su­dan, an Amer­i­can fast-food restau­rant set ablaze in Le­banon, and in­ter­na­tional peace­keep­ers at­tacked in the Si­nai.

Ten years ago: Los­ing its dev­as­tat­ing punch as a ma­jor hur­ri­cane, Ike nev­er­the­less drubbed the Mid­west with pow­er­ful winds and flood­wa­ters.

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