This day in history

Today is Monday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2017. There are 104 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 84. Actor Robert Blake is 84. Actor Fred Willard is 84. Singer Frankie Avalon is 77. Actress Beth Grant is 68. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 67. Housing and Urban Development secretary, Ben Carson, is 66. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is 65. ActComedian-actor Jason Sudeikis is 42. “The View’’ co-host Sara Haines is 40.

In A.D. 14, the Roman Senate confirmed Tiberius as the second emperor of the Roman Empire, succeeding the late Augustus.


In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the US Capitol.

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In 1810, Chile made its initial declaration of independence from Spain with the forming of a national junta.

In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made debuted with a network of 16 radio stations.

In 1931, an explosion in the Chinese city of Mukden damaged a section of Japanese-owned railway; Japan, blaming Chinese nationalists, invaded Manchuria the next day.

In 1959, during his US tour, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visited Wall Street, the Empire State Building, and the grave of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; in a speech to the UN General Assembly, Khrushchev called on all countries to disarm.


In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.

In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

In 1981, a museum honoring former President Gerald R. Ford was dedicated in Grand Rapids, Mich.

In 2007, O.J. Simpson was charged with seven felonies, including kidnapping, in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in a Las Vegas casino-hotel room. (Simpson, sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison).


Last year, at the United Nations, the United States, Japan, and South Korea roundly condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test and called for tough new measures to further isolate the communist state. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 9-3 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a game that marked the return of pro football to the nation’s second-largest market.