Today in History - September 14th

  • 1814 –  Francis Scott Key writes "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812
  • 1901 – President William B. McKinley dies in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, 42, is sworn in, becoming the youngest president in U.S. history
  • 1940 – Congress passes the Selective Training and Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history
  • 1948 – Ground is broken in New York City for the United Nations' world headquarters
  • 2001 – The FBI releases the names of the 19 hijackers who took part in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; President George W. Bush tours the ruins of the World Trade Center and addresses rescue workers over a bullhorn
  • 2005 – Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
  • 2005 – A federal judge in San Francisco declares the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional

Famous and Historical Birthdays - Say Happy Birthday to . . .

  • Faith Ford (Actress)
  • Dan Cortese (Actor)
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Actress)
  • Ayo (Singer)
  • Amy Winehouse (Singer)