Today is Thursday, September 23, the 266th day of 2021. There are 99 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s story:
On September 23, 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and JW Milam, of the murder of black teenager Emmett Till. (The two later admitted to the crime in an interview with Look magazine.)
To this date :
In 1779, during the War of Independence, the American warship Bon Homme Richard, commanded by John Paul Jones, defeated HMS Serapis off Yorkshire, England; however, the badly damaged Bon Homme Richard sank two days later.
In 1806, the Lewis and Clark Expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after leaving for the Pacific Northwest.
In 1846, Neptune was identified as a planet by the German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle (GAH’-luh).
In 1932, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded.
In 1949, President Harry S. Truman announced that there was evidence that the Soviet Union had recently carried out a nuclear explosion test. (The test was carried out on August 29, 1949.)
In 1952, Senator Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., Saved his vice presidential nomination by appearing on Los Angeles television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising in what became the speech “Checkers”.
In 1957, nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white crowd outside.
In 1987, Senator Joseph Biden, D-Del., Withdrew from the Democratic presidential race over questions about his use of borrowed quotes and the portrayal of his academic record.
In 1999, the Mars Climate Orbiter apparently burned down as it attempted to orbit the Red Planet.
In 2001, President George W. Bush returned the American flag to all Camp David personnel, symbolically ending a period of national mourning following the September 11 attacks.
In 2002, Governor Gray Davis signed a law making California the first state to offer workers paid family leave.
In 2018, marking a comeback after four back surgeries, Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship in Atlanta, the 80th PGA Tour victory of his career and his first in more than five years.
Ten years ago: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas presented his people’s quest for independence to the United Nations, seeking recognition of Palestine by the world body and avoiding negotiations that had failed for nearly two decades. Pope Benedict XVI, visiting his native Germany, met victims of sexual abuse committed by priests and expressed “deep compassion and deep regret,” according to the Vatican. After 41 years, the soap opera “All My Children” aired its last episode on ABC-TV.
Five years ago: Senator Ted Cruz announced on Facebook that he would vote for Donald Trump, a dramatic about-face months after the fiery Texas Tory called the Republican candidate a “pathological liar” and “totally amoral”. President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government, arguing it undermines national security. (The House and Senate voted to override the veto.)
A year ago: A Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for the shooting death of a black woman, Breonna Taylor, in a failed police raid; prosecutors said officers were justified in using force to protect themselves after facing gunfire. (Charges of gratuitous endangerment have been filed against fired officer Bret Hankison for shooting at a nearby house.) In Louisville and cities across the country, protesters took to the streets angry at the murders of blacks by the police; two officers in Louisville were shot and wounded during the protests. Police in Portland, Oregon, said protesters threw firebombs at officers in what police called the most violent protests Portland has seen in months of unrest. President Donald Trump has refused to engage in a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election, telling reporters: “We’re going to have to see what happens.” The parent company of rice brand Uncle Ben’s changed the name to Ben’s Original and ditched a logo criticized as a racial stereotype. Professional Football Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers has died aged 77.
Today’s birthdays: singer Julio Iglesias is 78 years old. Actor Paul Petersen (TV: “The Donna Reed Show”) is 76 years old. Actor / singer Mary Kay Place is 74 years old. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 72 years old. Director / playwright George C. Wolfe is 67 Rock musician Leon Taylor (The Ventures) is 66. Actor Rosalind Chao is 64 years old. Golfer Larry Mize is 63 years old. Actor Jason Alexander is 62 years old. Actor Chi McBride is 60 years old. Actor Erik Todd Dellums is 57 years old. Actor LisaRaye is 55 years old. (AH’-nee) DiFranco is 51 years old. Rock singer Sam Bettens (K’s Choice) is 49 years old. Recording director Jermaine Dupri is 49 years old. Actor Kip Pardue is 45 years old. Actor Anthony Mackie is 43 years old. Pop singer Erik-Michael Estrada (TV: “Making the Band”) is 42 years old. Actor Aubrey Dollar is 41 years old. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon is 40 years old. Actor David Lim is 38 years old. Actor Cush Jumbo is 36 years old. Actor Skylar Astin is 34 years old. Former tennis player Melanie Oudin (oo-DAN ‘) is 30.