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Today In History – September 21

September 21 is the 264th day of the year
In the popular 1978 song "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire, today's date is mentioned in the lyric "Do you remember the 21st night of September?" Reference to this date has gained popularity since 1978 with many internet memes!
In the popular 1978 song "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire, today's date is mentioned in the lyric "Do you remember the 21st night of September?" Reference to this date has gained popularity since 1978 with many internet memes!

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September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 101 days remain until the end of the year.

EVENTS

1776 – Part of New York City is burned shortly after being occupied by British forces.

1780 – American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point.

1792 – French Revolution: The National Convention abolishes the monarchy.

1934 – A large typhoon hits western Honshū, Japan, killing more than 3,000 people.

1938 – The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500–700 people.

1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Nazis send over 1,000 Jews of Pidhaitsi to Bełżec extermination camp.

1942 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight.

1964 – The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world's fastest bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.

1972 – Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos begins authoritarian rule by declaring martial law.

1976 – Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C because had been a member of the former Chilean Marxist government.

1981 – Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice.

2003 – The Galileo spacecraft is terminated by sending it into Jupiter's atmosphere.

BIRTHS

1645 – Louis Jolliet, Canadian explorer (d. 1700)

1758 – Christopher Gore, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 8th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1827)

1866 – H. G. Wells, English novelist, historian, and critic (d. 1946)

1912 – Chuck Jones, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1931 – Larry Hagman, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2012)

1935 – Henry Gibson, American actor (d. 2009)

1943 – Jerry Bruckheimer, American film and television producer

1944 – Fannie Flagg, American actress, comedian, and author

1947 – Stephen King, American author and screenwriter

1950 – Bill Murray, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter

1959 – Dave Coulier, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter

1960 – David James Elliott, Canadian-American actor and director

1961 – Nancy Travis, American actress and producer

1962 – Rob Morrow, American actor

1967 – Faith Hill, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1968 – Ricki Lake, American actress, producer, and talk show host

1969 – Billy Porter, American actor and singer

1971 – Luke Wilson, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1981 – Nicole Richie, American actress, fashion designer, and author

DEATHS

1256 – William of Kilkenny, Lord Chancellor of England

1904 – Chief Joseph, American tribal leader (b. 1840)

1947 – Harry Carey, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1878)

1974 – Walter Brennan, American actor (b. 1894)

1974 – Jacqueline Susann, American author and actress (b. 1918)

2007 – Alice Ghostley, American actress (b. 1923)

2007 – Rex Humbard, American evangelist and television host (b. 1919)



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