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1997Oprah Winfrey announces she will continue her show through 2000

1985Willie Nelson's Farm Aid concert

1966U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

1981Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/marxism

1960Maurice Richard announces his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time.

1707Rákóczi II & Tsar Peter the Great sign social security agreement

1926Failed attempt on Benito Mussolini

1928Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin

1940PM Winston Churchill visits 11 Fighter Group

1959Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit

1904Wilbur Wright makes his 1st airplane flight

1980Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary"

1982Pope John Paul II receives PLO leader Yasser Arafat

1835HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Galapagos Islands

1938British PM Chamberlain visits Hitler at Berchtesgarden

1978Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1968"Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" Show on CBS TV

1996Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34

1970Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million

1812French army under Napoleon reaches Kremlin, Moscow

September 15th Historical Events
Date Event
608
St Boniface IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
668
Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II is assassinated in his bath at Syracuse, Italy. 
921
Saint Ludmila is murdered at the command of her daughter-in-law at Tetin. 
1514
Thomas Wolsey appointed Archbishop of York 
1556
Vlissingen ex-emperor Charles V returns to Spain 
1584
San Lorenzo del Escorial Palace in Madrid finished 
1590
Giambattista Catagna elected as Pope Urban VII 
1600
Battle of Sekigahara. 
1616
The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy. 
1619
Prince Bethlen Gabors troops occupy Pozsony (Pressburg) Hungary 
1620
Mayflower departs from Plymouth England with 102 pilgrims [OS May 8] 
1621
Swedish troops occupy Riga 
1644
Giambattista Pamfili replaces Pope Urban VII as Innocent X 
1656
England & France sign peace treaty 
1683
Germantown Pa founded by 13 immigrant families 
1707
Rákóczi II & Tsar Peter the Great sign social security agreement 
1733
King Frederik Willem I divides Prussia-Brandenburg in Cantons 
1762
Battle of Signal Hill. 
1774
Cossack Emilian Pugachev captured 
1776
British forces capture Kip's Bay Manhattan during Revolution 
1787
-16] Utrecht patriots flee to Amsterdam 
1789
US Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State 
1795
Cape Colony surrenders to Britain 
1812
French army under Napoleon reaches Kremlin, Moscow 
1820
Constitutionalist revolution in Lisbon, Portugal; (see Portugal's crises of the Nineteenth Century). 
1821
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua gain independence 
1830
1st National Negro Convention begins in Phila 
1830
1st person to be run over by a railroad train (William Huskisson, England) 
1830
Duke of Wellington opens Liverpool & Manchester Railway 
1831
The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad. 
1835
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Galapagos Islands 
1846
Jung Bahadur Rana grabs power in Nepal 
1851
Saint Joseph's University is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
1853
1st US woman ordained a minister, Antoinette Blackwell 
1857
Timothy Alder of NY patents a typesetting machine 
1862
Confederates conquer Union-weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry WV 
1870
Dutch 1st Chamber abolishes Capital punishment (20-18) 
1873
Last German troops leave France 
1879
Pim Mulier forms "Haarlem Football Club" 
1882
British general Wolseley occupies Cairo 
1887
Phila celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution 
1894
Japan defeats China in Battle of Ping Yang 
1898
National Afro-American Council forms in Rochester NY 
1899
5th US Golf Open: Willie Smith shoots a 315 at Baltimore CC MD 
1900
A Boer delegation issues an appeal at the Hague, Netherlands, that the major powers intervene in the war in South Africa 
1903
Queen Wilhelmina calls railroad strikers "criminals" 
1904
Wilbur Wright makes his 1st airplane flight 
1910
Boers & Afrikaners win 1st general elections in Union of South-Africa 
1912
Red Sox pitcher Joe Wood ties then record of 16 straight wins 
1912
War between Turkey & Montenegro breaks out in Albania 
1913
1st US milch goat show held, Rochester, NY 
1914
Battle of Aisne begins between Germans & French during WW I 
1914
US Marines march out of Vera Cruz, Mexico 
1916
Debut of tanks in war, "Little Willies" at Battle of Flers-Courcelette (part of the Battle of the Somme) 
1917
Russia proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky's Provisional government 
1918
CH Chubb gives Stonehenge to English state 
1921
Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Alcohol Paraclitus 
1921
WBZ-AM in Boston MA begins radio transmissions 
1922
Catcher Butch Henline is 1st NLer to hit 3 HRs in a game since 1897 
1923
43rd US Mens Tennis: William T Tilden beats W M Johnston (6-4 6-1 6-4) 
1923
Bill Tilden wins US Lawn Tennis Open 
1923
Gov Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of KKK terror 
1926
Failed attempt on Benito Mussolini 
1928
400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva 
1928
Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin 
1928
Cards set NL record of 18 men left on base beating Phillies 8-6 
1928
Stothard, Kalmar & Ruby's musical "Good Boy," premieres in NYC 
1928
Tich Freeman becomes the only bowler to take 300 wickets in an English cricket season. 
1930
1st intl bridge match is held in London. US team defeats England 
1931
British naval fleet mutinies at Invergordon over pay cuts 
1931
Phila A's clinch pennant, beating Cleveland 
1935
Nuremberg Laws deprives German Jews of citizenship & makes swastika official symbol of Nazi Germany 
1937
WPA extends L-Taraval streetcar to SF Zoo (at Sloat Blvd) 
1938
British PM Chamberlain visits Hitler at Berchtesgarden 
1938
John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 350.2 MPH (lasts 1 day) 
1938
Only time brothers hit back-to-back HRs (Lloyd & Paul Waner, Pitts) 
1940
3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2) 
1940
Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher) 
1940
Luftwaffe bombs Bristol Aeroplane Company 
1940
PM Winston Churchill visits 11 Fighter Group 
1940
Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe 
1941
Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania 
1942
US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal 
1943
Benito Mussolini forms a rival fascist government in Italy 
1943
Concentration Camp Vaivara in Estonia opens 
1943
Concentration Camp Kauwen in Lithuania opens 
1944
British bombers hit Tirpitz with Tallboy bombs 
1944
Russian troops free Sofia Bulgaria 
1944
US 1st Infantry division pushes through to Westwall 
1944
US 28th Infantry division occupies Hill 555 at Roscheid 
1944
US troops lands on Palau & Morotai 
1945
A hurricane in southern Florida and the Bahamas destroys 366 planes and 25 blimps at NAS Richmond. 
1946
Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats 
1947
First 4 engine jet propelled fighter plane tested, Columbus, Oh 
1947
Yanks clinch pennant #15 
1947
RCA releases the 12AX7 vacuum tube. 
1947
Typhoon Kathleen hit Tone River, Saitama and Tokyo area, killing at least 1,930 and injuring 1,750.. 
1948
"Small Wonder" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 134 performances 
1948
F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speech record of 1080 kph 
1948
WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WMGM 
1949
"Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV 
1949
WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting 
1949
WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1950
During Korean conflict, UN forces land at Inchon in South Korea 
1950
East German premier Grotewohl pleads for German reunification 
1950
For a record 6th time, NY Yankee Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game 
1950
Longest game in Phila's Shribe Park, Phils beat Reds 8-7 in 19 
1950
UN lands at Inchon to drive North Korean troops out of the south 
1950
US troop land on Wolmi-Do island off of Seoul 
1951
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 perfs 
1951
Emile Zatopek runs world record 20k (1:01:15.8) 
1951
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ingruentium Malorum 
1952
Braves last game in Boston's Braves Field before move to Milwaukee 
1952
European Parliament forms in Strasbourg 
1952
UN turns over Eritrea to Ethiopia 
1953
Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner) 
1953
KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1953
WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1955
WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, FL (CBS) begins 
1957
"Bachelor Father" with John Forsythe premieres 
1957
Adenauers CDU wins parliamentary election in West Germany 
1957
SF Seals (Pacific Coast League) play their last game 
1958
48 die in a train crash in Elizabethport NJ 
1958
Commuter train crashes through drawbridge, killing 48 (Newark NJ) 
1959
Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit 
1960
France spends 9 billion guilders on atomic experiments 
1960
Maurice Richard announces his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time. 
1961
61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus 
1961
Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph 
1962
"Bravo, Giovanni" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 perfs 
1962
Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins) 
1962
KC A's Bill Fischer sets record of 69 1/3 innings without a walk 
1962
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1962
WOKR TV channel 13 in Rochester, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1963
Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls 
1963
Alou brothers-Felipe, Matty, & Jesus-appear in SF outfield for 1 inn 
1963
Ben Bella elected 1st president of Algeria 
1963
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Eugene Ladies' Golf Open 
1963
WNTV TV channel 29 in Greenville, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1964
Beatles play at Public Auditorium in Cleveland 
1964
Final edition of socialist British newspaper "Daily Herald" 
1965
"Lost in Space" premieres 
1966
1st British nuclear sub HMS Resolution launched 
1966
Dutch political party (D'66) forms 
1966
Gemini XI (Conrad/Gordon) returns to Earth 
1966
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation. 
1967
KPOB TV channel 15 in Poplar Bluff, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1968
"Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" Show on CBS TV 
1968
Carol Mann wins LPGA Shirley Englehorn Golf Invitational 
1968
Launch of Zond 5, 1st lunar fly-around with Earth reentry 
1968
NY Zendo (Shoboji) was opened by S Nakagawa & D S Harada 
1968
WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, OH (IND) begins broadcasting 
1968
WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting 
1968
Probable Test flight for a manned fly-around (scooped by Apollo 8) 
1969
Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game 
1970
Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million 
1970
PLO leader Arafat threatens to make a cemetery of Jordan 
1970
Rotterdam dock strikes end 
1970
Officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in Northern Ireland vote narrowly in favour of remaining unarmed 
1971
1st broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC-TV 
1972
WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1972
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois. 
1972
An SAS domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-Bulltofta Airport. 
1973
Dutch Guilder devalued 5% 
1973
Ohio State's Archie Griffith begins record 31 cons 100 yd rushing 
1973
Secretariat wins Marlboro Cup in world record 1:45 2/5 for 1¼ miles 
1973
OPEC supports price hikes and designates six Gulf countries to negotiate collectively with companies over prices; other members to negotiate individually 
1974
Market Square Arena in Indianapolis opens 
1974
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic 
1974
Air Vietnam flight 727 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board. 
1975
Mike Vail extends hitting streak ton rookie-record 23 straight game 
1975
The French département of Corse (the entire island of Corsica) is divided into two: Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. 
1976
Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who ...," premieres in NYC 
1976
Soyuz 22 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit for 8 days 
1977
"Man of La Mancha" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 124 performances 
1977
Orioles forfeit to Blue Jays when mgr Earl Weaver pulls team off field in 5th citing hazardous condition (small tarpaulin on bullpen mound) 
1977
Pres Carter meets with 15 record company execs 
1977
Rock Music Award 
1977
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1978
Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans 
1978
Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
1978
Yanks beat Boston 4-0, Guidry wins # 22, Yanks lead 2½ games 
1979
Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros) 
1979
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1980
Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary" 
1981
US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court 
1981
Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/marxism 
1981
The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, DC. 
1981
Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations. 
1982
1st issue of "USA Today" published by Gannett Co Inc 
1982
Israeli forces began pouring into west Beirut 
1982
Pope John Paul II receives PLO leader Yasser Arafat 
1983
Cops beat to death Michael Stewart for graffiting NYC subway 
1983
Israel premier Begin resigns 
1984
Morocco Showcase opens 
1984
Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985 
1984
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1985
26th Ryder Cup: Europe beat US, 16½-11½ at The Belfry, England 
1985
Joanne Carner wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic 
1985
Olof Palme forms Sweden minority government 
1985
Senate judiciary committee begins Robert Bork confirmation hearings 
1985
Willie Nelson's Farm Aid concert 
1985
Yanks trade Jim Deshaies to Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro 
1986
1st broadcast of "LA Law" on NBC-TV 
1986
Bomb attack in Paris, 1 dead 
1987
Italy sends a naval contingent to the Persian Gulf 
1988
"Les Miserables," opens at Raimund Theatre, Vienna 
1988
Lillehammer, Norway upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics 
1988
Museum of Moving Image in London opens 
1988
Test Cricket debut of Ian Healy, vs Pakistan at Karachi 
1989
The U.S. Congress recognizes Terry Anderson's continued captivity in Beirut. 
1990
Chicago White Sox Bobby Thigpen is 1st to record 50 saves 
1990
Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation 
1990
Florida lottery goes over $100,000,000 
1990
France announce it will send 4,000 troops to Persian Gulf 
1991
"Party Machine with Nia Peeples" final show 
1991
19th du Maurier Golf Classic: Nancy Scranton 
1991
SD State freshman Marshall Faulk sets NCAA rushing record of 386 yds 
1991
US women's gymnastics team win 1st World Championships medal (silver) 
1992
Ted Weiss, despite dying on 14th, wins congressional NYC seat 
1993
Liechtenstein prince Hans-Adam II disbands parliament 
1994
"Sound of Motown," premieres in Rotterdam 
1994
Dennis Richardson sworn in as head of St Maarten 
1994
Moslem fundamentalists kidnap & behead 16 citizens in Algeria 
1995
Cards shortstop Ozzie Smith sets record of 1,554 double plays 
1996
2nd Presidents Golf Cup: US beats Intl team 16½-15½ at Robert Jones Va 
1996
Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final 
1996
Karrie Webb wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic 
1996
Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34 
1997
Edison Intl purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M 
1997
Oprah Winfrey announces she will continue her show through 2000 
1998
With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business. 
2000
Opening ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia 
2004
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office. 
2011
In Canada, the St. Thomas Assembly plant is closed permanently after decades of providing employing to the region of St. Thomas, Ontario and resulting in the loss of roughly 1,400 well-paid jobs 
2012
Japan announces that it will phase out nuclear energy by the 2030s 
2013
21 people are killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad and Shia provinces, Iraq 
2013
27 people are killed after a coal mine collapses in Afghanistan 
2013
Japan switches off its last working nuclear reactor 
2013
Edi Rama is elected Prime Minister of Albania 
2014
Ewa Kopacz becomes Prime Minister of Poland 
2016
US, Israel sign $38 billion military aid package 
2016
Bayer confirms $66bn Monsanto takeover 
2016
European Commission plans free wi-fi in public spaces 
2016
US lifts decades-long trade sanctions against Myanmar 
2016
Hackers leak US Olympic athletes' private medical information 
2016
Colin Powell calls Trump 'national disgrace' in email leak 
2017
N.Korea fires another missile over Japan, deepening regional tensions 
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