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Today in History
Today in History: Sunday, September  21, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Sept. 21, 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
On this date in:
1897The New York Sun ran an editorial answering a question from an 8-year-old girl that included the line, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."
1931Britain went off the gold standard.
1937"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien was published.
1938A hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives.
1948Milton Berle debuted as permanent host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC.
1957"Perry Mason," starring Raymond Burr, premiered on CBS.
1964Malta gained independence from Britain.
1970"NFL Monday Night Football" debuted on ABC.
1982National Football League players began a 57-day strike.
1983Interior Secretary James G. Watt described a special advisory panel as consisting of "a black ... a woman, two Jews and a cripple." Watt later apologized and resigned.
1996The board of Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
1998President Bill Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony in the Monica Lewinsky scandal was publicly broadcast, showing him answering one question from prosecutors by saying, "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is."
1998Olympic gold medal track star Florence Griffith Joyner, 38, died in her sleep after suffering an epilectic seizure.
2001Congress approved $15 billion to help an airline industry reeling from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
2004The album "American Idiot" by Green Day was released.
2008"Mad Men" became the first basic-cable show to win a top series Emmy award.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Country singer Faith Hill turns 47 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Fannie FlaggAuthor, comedian73
Leonard CohenPoet, songwriter80
James WoolseyFormer CIA director73
Jerry BruckheimerProducer ("CSI")71
Stephen KingAuthor67
Bill MurrayActor64
Ethan CoenWriter, producer57
Nancy TravisActress53
Rob MorrowActor ("Numb3rs," "Northern Exposure")52
Cheryl HinesActress ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")49
Mike RichterHockey player48
Ricki LakeActress, talk show host46
Luke WilsonActor43
Nicole RichieTV personality ("The Simple Life")33
Maggie GraceActress ("Lost")31
Actress Autumn Reeser turns 34 years old today.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles