Thursday, September 22, 2011

On this day in history...

1692 - The last people hanged for witchcraft in the American colonies.

1776 - Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during the American Revolution.  His last words were reported to be "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country". 

1789 - The office of United States Postmaster General is established.

1823 - Joseph Smith, Jr. states he found the golden plates on this date after being directed by God through the Angel Moroni to the place where they were buried.

1862 - A preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation is released.

1893 - The first American-made automobile, built by the Duryea Brothers, is displayed.

1919 - The steel strike of 1919, led by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, begins in Pennsylvania before spreading across the Untied States.

1941 - On Jewish New Year Day, the German SS murder 6,000 Jews in Vinnytsya, Ukraine.  Those are the survivors of the previous killings that took place a few days earlier in which about 24,000 Jews were executed.

1944 -  World War II:  the Red Army enters Tallinn.

1975 -  Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate President Gerald Ford but is foiled by Oliver Sipple.

1980 -  Iraq invades Iran.

1993 -  A barge strikes a railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama, causing the deadliest train wreck in Amtrak history,  47 passengers are killed.    

1995 -  An E-3B AWACS crashes outside Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska after multiple bird strikes to two of the four engines soon after takeoff; all 24 on board are killed.

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