Today in History, English
Today in History, English

105391September 15Event1963 – 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, United States
105392September 15Event1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
105393September 15Event1968 – The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.
105394September 15Event1971 – The first Greenpeace ship set sail to protest against nuclear testing.
105395September 15Event1972 – A Scandinavian Airlines System domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm is hijacked and flown to Malmö Bulltofta Airport.
105396September 15Event1974 – Air Vietnam Flight 706 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.
105397September 15Event1975 – The French department of "Corse" (the entire island of Corsica) is divided into two: Haute-Corse (Upper Corsica) and Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica)
105398September 15Event1978 – Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times at the Superdome in New Orleans.
105399September 15Event1981 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
105400September 15Event1981 – The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
105401September 15Event1981 – Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.
105402September 15Event1983 – Israeli premier Menachem Begin resigns.
105403September 15Event1987 – United States Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze sign a treaty to establish centers to reduce the risk of nuclear war.
105404September 15Event1990 – France announces it will send 4,000 troops to the Persian Gulf.
105405September 15Event1998 – With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business.
105406September 15Event2000 – The opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia.
105407September 15Event2004 – National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announces lockout of the players' union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
105408September 15Event2008 – Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
105409September 15Event2012 – Muslim protesters shouting anti-American slogans clash with police, injuring 19 people, outside the US embassy in Sydney, Australia.
105410September 15Birth767 – Saichō, Japanese monk (d. 822)
105411September 15Birth786 – Al-Ma'mun, Iraqi caliph (d. 833)
105412September 15Birth1254 – Marco Polo, Italian merchant and explorer (d. 1324)
105413September 15Birth1533 – Catherine of Austria, Queen of Poland (d. 1572)
105414September 15Birth1580 – Charles Annibal Fabrot, French lawyer and author (d. 1659)
105415September 15Birth1613 – François de La Rochefoucauld, French soldier and author (d. 1680)
105416September 15Birth1649 – Titus Oates, English minister, fabricated the Popish Plot (d. 1705)
105417September 15Birth1666 – Sophia Dorothea of Celle (d. 1726)
105418September 15Birth1690 – Ignazio Prota, Italian composer and educator (d. 1748)
105419September 15Birth1715 – Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval, French general and engineer (d. 1789)
105420September 15Birth1736 – Jean Sylvain Bailly, French astronomer, mathematician, and politician, 1st Mayor of Paris (d. 1793)

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