Today in History

  • Mon Sep 24th, 2012 9:59pm
  • Life

Today is Sunday, Sept. 23, the 267th day of 2012. There are 99 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 23, 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing live on television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising. (The address became known as the “Checkers” speech because of Nixon’s on-air reference to the family pet, a dog named “Checkers.”)

On this date:

In 1779, during the Revolutionary War, the American warship Bon Homme Richard, commanded by John Paul Jones, defeated the HMS Serapis in battle.

In 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest.

In 1932, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded.

In 1939, Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London at age 83.

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman announced there was evidence the Soviet Union had recently conducted a nuclear test explosion. (The test had been carried out on Aug. 29, 1949.)

In 1957, nine black students who’d entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Mickey Rooney is 92. Singer Julio Iglesias is 69. Actress-singer Mary Kay Place is 65. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 63. Rock musician Leon Taylor (The Ventures) is 57. Actress Rosalind Chao is 55. Actor Jason Alexander is 53. Actress Elizabeth Pena is 53. Country musician Don Herron (BR549) is 50. Actor Erik Todd Dellums is 48. Actress LisaRaye is 46. Singer Ani DiFranco is 42. Rock singer Sarah Bettens (K’s Choice) is 40. Recording executive Jermaine Dupri is 40. Actor Kip Pardue is 36. Actor Anthony Mackie is 34. Pop singer Erik-Michael Estrada (“Making the Band”) is 33. Actress Aubrey Dollar is 32. Tennis player Melanie Oudin is 21.

Thought for Today

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” — George Orwell (Eric Blair), British author (1903-1950).

Associated Press