Today in History
Today in History: Saturday, September  20, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Sept. 20, 1962, James Meredith, a black man, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Gov. Ross R. Barnett.
 
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1519Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain on a voyage to find a western passage to the Spice Islands in Indonesia.
1870Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy.
1873Panic swept the New York Stock Exchange in the wake of railroad bond defaults and bank failures.
1881Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding James A. Garfield, who had been assassinated.
1973In their so-called "battle of the sexes" on the tennis court, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 at the Houston Astrodome.
1977The first wave of Southeast Asian "boat people" arrived in San Francisco under a U.S. resettlement program.
1984A suicide car bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy annex in north Beirut, killing a dozen people.
1998After playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons, Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees.
2005Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal died at age 96.
2011Repeal of the U.S. military's 18-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" compromise took effect, allowing gay and lesbian service members to serve openly.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress Sophia Loren turns 80 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Gogi GrantSinger90
Anne MearaActress, comedian85
Guy LaFleurHockey Hall of Famer63
Kristen JohnstonActress ("3rd Rock From the Sun")47
Gunnar NelsonRock singer (Nelson)47
Matthew NelsonRock singer (Nelson)47
Actor Gary Cole turns 58 years old today.
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