Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2017. There are 109 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actress Barbara Bain is 86. TV producer Fred Silverman is 80. Blood, Sweat, Tears singer David Clayton-Thomas is 76. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 73. Chicago singer Peter Cetera is 73. Actress Jean Smart is 66. Record producer Don Was is 65. TV talk show host Tavis Smiley is 53. Olympic gold medal sprinter Michael Johnson is 50. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic is 46. Singer Fiona Apple is 40. Former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is 37. Actor Ben Savage is 37.
In 1759, in the French and Indian War, the British defeated the French at Quebec City.
In 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the temporary national capital.
In 1814, during the War of 1812, British naval forces began bombarding Fort McHenry in Baltimore but were driven back by US defenders in a battle that lasted to the next day.
In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the US Senate; she became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
In 1959, Elvis Presley first met his future wife, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, while stationed in West Germany with the Army. (They married in 1967 but divorced in 1973.)
In 1962, Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett rejected the US Supreme Court’s order for the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a black student, declaring ‘‘We will not drink from the cup of genocide.’’
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 hostages.
In 2007, the NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 for spying on the New York Jets at a game.
In 2012, New York City’s Board of Health passed a ban on the sale of big sodas and other sugary drinks, limiting the size sold at restaurants, concession stands, and other eateries to 16 ounces.
Last year, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rolled out a plan aimed at making child care more affordable, guaranteeing new mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave.