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.
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.
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.
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.
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.