Today is Wednesday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2009. There are 99 days left in the year.
On Sept. 23, 1952, Sen. Richard Nixon, R-Calif., facing calls to withdraw as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s running mate, went on television to defend himself against allegations of improper campaign fundraising. The address came to be known as the “Checkers” speech because of Nixon’s on-air reference to a dog given to his family as a gift.
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In 1780, British spy John Andre was captured along with papers revealing Benedict Arnold’s plot to surrender West Point to the British.
In 1957, nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.