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This Day in History: September 25


1690 – Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, is published for the first and only time.

1775 – American Revolutionary War: Ethan Allen surrenders to British forces after attempting to capture Montreal during the Battle of Longue-Pointe. Benedict Arnold and his expeditionary company set off from Fort Western, bound for Quebec City.

1789 – The United States Congress passes twelve amendments to the United States Constitution: The Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment, and the ten that are known as the Bill of Rights.

1804 – The Teton Sioux (a subdivision of the Lakota) demand one of the boats from the Lewis and Clark Expedition as a toll for allowing the expedition to move further upriver.

1846 – U.S. forces led by Zachary Taylor capture the Mexican city of Monterrey.

1890 – The United States Congress establishes Sequoia National Park.

1911 – Ground is broken for Fenway Park in Boston

1912 – Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is founded in New York City.

1926 – The international Convention to Suppress the Slave Trade and Slavery is first signed.

1929 – Jimmy Doolittle performs the first blind flight from Mitchel Field proving that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible.

1942 – World War II: Swiss Police Instruction: This instruction denied entry into Switzerland to Jewish refugees.

1944 – World War II: Surviving elements of the British 1st Airborne Division withdraw from Arnhem in the Netherlands, thus ending the Battle of Arnhem and Operation Market Garden.

1956 – TAT-1, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable system, is inaugurated.

1957 – Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is integrated by the use of United States Army troops.

1974 – The first ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery (Tommy John surgery) performed, on baseball player Tommy John.

1977 – About 4,200 people take part in the first running of the Chicago Marathon.

1978 – PSA Flight 182, a Boeing 727, collides in mid-air with a Cessna 172 and crashes in San Diego, killing 144 people.

1992 – NASA launches the Mars Observer, a $511 million probe to Mars, in the first U.S. mission to the planet in 17 years. Eleven months later, the probe would fail.

2009 – U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in a joint TV appearance for a G-20 summit, accuse Iran of building a secret nuclear enrichment facility.


1897 – William Faulkner, American author, poet, and screenwriter, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962)

1915 – Ethel Rosenberg, American spy (d. 1953)

1929 – Barbara Walters, American journalist, producer, and author

1936 – Ken Forsse, American toy creator and author, created Teddy Ruxpin (d. 2014)

1951 – Mark Hamill, American actor, singer, and producer

1952 – Christopher Reeve, American actor, producer, and activist (d. 2004)

1961 – Heather Locklear, American actress and producer

1968 – Will Smith, American actor, producer, and rapper (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince)


1928 – Richard F. Outcault, American cartoonist, created The Yellow Kid and Buster Brown (b. 1863)

1929 – Miller Huggins, American baseball player and manager (b. 1879)

1933 – Ring Lardner, American journalist and author (b. 1885)

1960 – Emily Post, American author and educator (b. 1873)

1971 – Hugo Black, American captain, jurist, and politician (b. 1886)

1988 – Billy Carter, American farmer and businessman (b. 1937)

2012 – Andy Williams, American singer and actor (The Williams Brothers) (b. 1927)