This day in history

Saturday is Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2013. There are 108 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer-actress Joey Heatherton is 69. Actor Sam Neill is 66. Actress Melissa Leo is 53. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is 48. Rapper Nas is 40.

In 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops entered Moscow only to find the city largely abandoned.


In 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write a poem, ‘‘Defence of Fort McHenry,’’ after witnessing how an American flag flying over the Maryland fort withstood a night of British bombardment during the War of 1812; the poem became the words to ‘‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’’

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In 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo of wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.

In 1963, Mary Ann Fischer of Aberdeen, S.D., gave birth to four girls and a boy, the first known surviving quintuplets in the United States.

In 1975, Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first US-born saint.

In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before.


In 1991, the government of South Africa, the African National Congress, and the Inkatha Freedom Party signed a national peace pact.