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Tuesday, September 26th 2017

Today is the 269th day of 2017.  There are 96 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1777 British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.
1789 Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State; John Jay the first chief justice of the United States; Samuel Osgood the first Postmaster-General; and Edmund Jennings Randolph the first Attorney General.
1914 The Federal Trade Commission was established.
1950 United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans.
1957 The musical ''West Side Story'' opened on Broadway.
1960 The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago.
1980 The Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor, ending the freedom flotilla of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.
1981 The twin-engine Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, Wash.
1986 William H. Rehnquist was sworn in as the 16th chief justice of the United States, while Antonin Scalia joined the Supreme Court as its 103rd member.
1990 The Motion Picture Association of America announced it had created a new rating, NC-17, designed to bar moviegoers under age 17 from certain films without the commercial stigma of the old X rating.
1991 Four men and four women began a two-year stay inside a sealed-off structure known as Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Ariz.
1995 The prosecution began its closing argument in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.
1996 Richard Allen Davis, the killer of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, was sentenced to death in San Jose, Calif.
2000 Slobodan Milosevic conceded that his challenger, Vojislav Kostunica, had finished first in Yugoslavia's presidential election and declared a runoff- a move that prompted mass protests leading to Milosevic's ouster.

Born on this day

1898 Composer George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Died on this day

1998 Grammy-winning jazz singer Betty Carter died in New York at age 69.
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