Thursday, Sept. 13, is the 257th day of 2012. There are 109 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Barbara Bain is 81. TV producer Fred Silverman is 75. Actor Richard Kiel is 73. Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas is 71. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 68. TV personality Tavis Smiley is 48. Singer Fiona Apple is 35. Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is 32.
In 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the temporary national capital.
In 1803, Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia.
In 1948, Maine Republican Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the Senate; she became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
In 1970, the first New York City Marathon
was held; winner Gary Muhrcke finished the 26.2-mile run in 2:31:38.
In 1971, a four-day inmates’ rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed the lives of 32 inmates and 11 employees.
In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur died at a Las Vegas hospital six days after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting; he was 25.
In 1997, funeral services were held in Calcutta for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.
In 2007, the NFL fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 for spying on the New York Jets during a game.