Today is Wednesday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2013. There are 111 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 11, 2001, America faced its worst day of terrorism. Nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger jetliners. Two planes smashed into New York’s World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall; one plowed into the Pentagon; and the fourth was crashed into a field in western Pennsylvania.
On this date:
In 1777, during the American Revolution, forces under Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British in the Battle of Brandywine.
In 1936, Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) began operating as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a key in Washington to signal the startup of the first hydroelectric generator.
In 1941, in a speech that drew accusations of anti-Semitism, Charles A. Lindbergh told an America First rally in Des Moines, Iowa, that "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were pushing the United States toward war.
In 1954, the Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was crowned the winner.
In 1962, The Beatles completed their first single for EMI, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," at EMI studios in London.
In 1989, the exodus of East German refugees from Hungary to West Germany began.
Ten years ago: Israel issued an ominous threat to "remove" Yasser Arafat for failing to halt suicide bombings.
Five years ago: Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama put aside politics as they visited ground zero together on the anniversary of 9/11 to honor its victims.
One year ago: A mob armed with guns and grenades launched a fiery nightlong attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Today’s Birthdays: Movie director Brian De Palma is 73. Sports reporter Lesley Visser is 60. Actress Kristy McNichol is 51. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 46. Rapper Ludacris is 36.
Thought for Today: "I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet and author (1772-1834).