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This day in history

Today is Friday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2018. There are 108 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Harry Sinden, former coach and general manager of the Boston Bruins, is 86. Actress Zoe Caldwell is 85. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is 78. Singer-actress Joey Heatherton is 74. Actor Sam Neill is 71. Sha Na Na singer Jon ‘‘Bowzer’’ Bauman is 71. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is 53. Drive-By Truckers singer-guitarist Mike Cooley is 52. Writer-director Tyler Perry is 49.

In 1716, the first lighthouse in America, on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor, was lit.

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In 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem ‘‘Defence of Fort McHenry’’ (later ‘‘The Star-Spangled Banner”) after witnessing the American flag flying over the Maryland fort following a night of British naval bombardment during the War of 1812.

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

In 1927, modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of the sports car she was riding in.

In 1954, the Soviet Union detonated a 40-kiloton atomic test weapon.

In 1972, the family drama series ‘‘The Waltons’’ premiered on CBS.

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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; Lebanon’s president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb.

In 1994, on the 34th day of a strike by players, acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced the 1994 season was over.

In 2001, Americans packed churches and clogged public squares on a day of remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

In 2013, a diplomatic breakthrough on securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, negotiated by the United States and Russia, averted the threat of US military action.

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Last year, CIA Director Mike Pompeo canceled a planned appearance at Harvard University over the school’s decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. The university eventually revoked its invitation.