This Week in History



Rita Tortorelli was born.

Marci Hoffman was born.

Ryan Norton was born.


1943 - Chiang Kai-Shek became president of China.



Carol Kelleher was born.

Jon Antis was born.

Matthew Courtney was born.


1814 - Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner.

1994 - Major League Baseball Acting Commissioner Bud Selig announced the cancellation of the 1994 baseball season on the 34th day of a strike by players.


September 15

Kathy Donohue Boyle was born.

Mary Edwards was born.

Andy Cholakis was born.

Claire Resnick was born.


1789 - The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs changed its name to the Department of State.

1835 - Charles Darwin and the British naval vessel, HMS Beagle, reached the Galapagos Islands.


September 16

Amanda Agoglia was born.

Beth Murphy Ward was born.

James Grant was born.

1630 - The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.

1974 - President Ford announced conditional amnesty for Vietnam War deserters and draft evaders.


September 17

Jen Poyant was born.


1908 - Lt. Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft crashed.

2004 - Barry Bonds became the third baseball player to hit 700 career home runs, joining Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.


September 18

Leah Shapiro was born.


1851 - The first edition of The New York Daily Times, which later became The New York Times, was published.

1970 - 27-year-old rock star, Jimi Hendrix, died in London.


September 19

Kristin O’Grady-Franchock was born.

Joan Ward George was born.


1881 - President James Garfield died of a gunshot wound inflicted by a disappointed office seeker the previous July 2.

1957 - The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert.