Today is Sept. 14.
The FBI discovered, on this date In 2001, that several of the hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks had taken flying lessons in Florida. A manhunt was beginning, meanwhile, to track down any potential terrorists in this country.
President William McKinley, on this date in 1901, died of his wounds, eight days after being shot in Buffalo, N.Y. Upon his death, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office and assumed the presidency. (At age 42, Roosevelt was the youngest U.S president to be sworn into office. John F. Kennedy, at 43, was the youngest elected president.) McKinley's convicted assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was executed Oct. 29, 1901.
British troops entered New York City on this day in 1776 after defeating the Americans at the Battle of Long Island. Gen. George Washington led the retreat of the Continental Army.
On this date in 1847, the U.S. Army occupied Mexico City.
The Soviet probe Lunik-2 became the first Earth-launched space vehicle to land on the moon on this date in 1959. The late 1950s and early '60s were a bad time for the American space program, with the Soviets beating us at every turn.
As the strike by major league baseball players entered its second month, acting commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig, on this date in 1994, announced the cancellation of the remainder of the season, the playoffs and the World Series.
The first American quintuplets -- four boys and a girl -- to survive were born on this date in 1963 in Aberdeen, S.D., to Maryann and Andrew Fischer.
And the town of Salem, Mass., was founded on this day in 1628. They didn't burn any witches there until much later.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.