Today In History


From the WMNI Almanac, here's what happened today in history. 

Today is Friday, September 18th, the 262nd day of the year. There are 105 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1793, President George Washington lays the foundation for the U.S. Capitol.

In 1851, "The New York Times" was published for the first time.

In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting Company debuted with a network of 16 radio stations. The company later became known as CBS.

In 1934, the Soviet Union joins the League of Nations.

In 1947, the National Security Act went into effect. The act unified the Army, Navy and the Air Force.

In 1947, Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff performed the first-ever country music concert at new York's Carnegie Hall.

In 1948, the first woman gets elected into the Senate. Margaret Chase Smith defeated her opponent Adrian Scolten.

In 1951, the film, "A Streetcar Named Desire," opened in Beverly Hills. The picture made Marlon Brando a star.

In 1955, "The Toast of the Town" aired its final broadcast. The following week the series was re-titled "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1964, "The Addams Family" debuted on ABC.

In 1965, "I Dream of Jeannie" debuted on NBC. Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden starred in the popular sitcom.

In 1970, Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Jimi Hendrix died in London after overdosing on sleeping pills. He was 27.

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

In 1983, the rock group, Kiss, appeared without their trademark makeup for the first time during a performance on MTV.

In 1985, David Letterman read "The Top Ten List" for the first time on "Late Night with David Letterman." The list was titled "Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas."

In 2004, pop star Britney Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in a secret ceremony in Studio City, California.

In 2006, Iranian-born American Anousheh Ansari became the first woman space tourist, the first female Muslim and the first native of Iran to go into space.

In 2009, the CBS soap opera "The Guiding Light" aired its final episode after a 72-year run on radio and television.

In 2015, the Obama administration announced they would nominate Eric Fanning as the United States Secretary of the Army. Fanning would go on to become first openly gay secretary of the Army.

In 2017, Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy. Filing for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection allowed the company to deal with nearly $5-billion in debt.
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