Today is Wednesday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2010. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 8:09 p.m. PDT.
On Sept. 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Capt. Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.
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In 1761, Britain’s King George III and his wife, Charlotte, were crowned in Westminster Abbey.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.
In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey.
In 1964, the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 3,242 performances.
In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Gerald Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but missed. (Moore served 32 years in prison before being paroled on Dec. 31, 2007.)
In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war that lasted nearly eight years.
In 1985, rock and country music artists participated in “FarmAid,” a concert staged in Champaign, Ill. to help the nation’s farmers.
In 1989, songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York City at age 101.
In 2000, President Bill Clinton directed the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the government’s emergency stockpile.
In 2005, Hurricane Rita, a Category 4 storm, closed in on the Texas coast, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing. John Roberts’ nomination as U.S. chief justice cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote of 13-5.
In 2009, President Barack Obama, visiting New York, brought together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for their first three-way meeting. Al-Qaida released a video predicting President Obama’s downfall at the hands of the Muslim world.
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