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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, September  19, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Sept. 19, 1982, emoticons were born when Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman proposed using a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis – :–) – to depict a horizontal smiley face.
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On this date in:
1777American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War.
1881President James A. Garfield died of wounds inflicted by an assassin more than two months earlier.
1934Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh baby.
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1955President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the military.
1957The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.
1970"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" debuted on CBS.
1985The Mexico City area was struck by the first of two devastating earthquakes that claimed some 6,000 lives.
1994U.S. troops entered Haiti to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
1995The New York Times and The Washington Post published the Unabomber's manifesto.
2001The Pentagon ordered combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
2002President George W. Bush asked Congress for authority to use military force if necessary to disarm and overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein if he did not abandon weapons of mass destruction.
2004Hu Jintao became the undisputed leader of China with the departure of former President Jiang Zemin from his top military post.
2008Struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration asked Congress for $700 billion to buy up troubled mortgage-related assets from U.S. financial institutions.
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2008AMC's "Mad Men" became the first basic-cable show to win a top series Emmy award.
2010The BP oil well that had spilled hundred of millions of oil into the Gulf of Mexico was sealed with a permanent cement plug.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Rosemary Harris turns 90 years old today.
AP Photo/Charles Sykes
Roger AngellAuthor97
James LiptonTV host ("Inside the Actor's Studio")91
Harold BrownFormer defense secretary90
Adam WestActor ("Batman")89
Bill MedleySinger (The Righteous Brothers)77
Paul WilliamsSinger, actor77
Joe MorganBaseball Hall of Famer, sportscaster74
David BrombergRock singer72
Randolph MantoothActor ("Emergency")72
Jeremy IronsActor69
Twiggy LawsonActress, model68
Joan LundenTV personality67
Daniel LanoisRock singer, producer66
Mario BataliCelebrity chef57
Trisha YearwoodCountry singer53
Cheri OteriActress, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")52
Soledad O'BrienBroadcast journalist51
Alison SweeneyActress41
Danielle PanabakerActress30
Talk show host-comedian Jimmy Fallon turns 43 years old today.
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