UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

On Sept. 9, 1999, more than 100 people died in the bombing of a Moscow apartment building. The blast was blamed on militants from the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021
Relatives of more than 100 people who were killed in the September 13, 1999, bombing in an eight-story apartment building, cry at the site of explosion in Moscow on September 13, 2000. File Photo by Maxim Marmur/UPI | License Photo

Today is Thursday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2021 with 113 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include the Cardinal-duc de Richelieu, French statesman/Roman Catholic cardinal, in 1585; British Capt. William Bligh, of the HMS Bounty, in 1754; Russian author Leo Tolstoy in 1828; baseball Hall of Fame member Frank Chance in 1876; Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders in 1890; rhythm and blues singer Otis Redding in 1941; football Hall of Fame member Joe Theismann in 1949 (age 72); actor Tom Wopat in 1951 (age 70); English rock musician Dave Stewart in 1952 (age 69); actor Angela Cartwright in 1952 (age 69); actor Hugh Grant in 1960 (age 61); actor Constance Marie in 1965 (age 56); actor Charles Esten in 1965 (age 56); actor Adam Sandler in 1966 (age 55); actor Rachel Hunter in 1969 (age 52); actor Henry Thomas in 1971 (age 50); actor Eric Stonestreet in 1971 (age 50); actor Goran Visnjic in 1972 (age 49); singer Michael Buble in 1975 (age 46); actor Michelle Williams in 1980 (age 41); actor Timothy Granaderos in 1986 (age 35); singer Hunter Hayes in 1991 (age 30); actor Kelsey Chow in 1991 (age 30).


On this date in history:

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In 1543, Mary Stuart is crowned Mary Queen of Scots at 9 months old.

In 1776, the second Continental Congress officially changed the new American nation's name from "United Colonies" to "United States."

In 1850, California became the 31st state.

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In 1893, first lady Frances Folsom Cleveland gives birth to a daughter in the White House. Esther Cleveland was the first child of a president to be born in the White House.

In 1908, Orville Wright completed the first hourlong airplane flight during a series of tests in Fort Myer, Va.

In 1919, Boston police went on strike, prompting riots. Law enforcement sought better wages and working conditions, and the strike highlighted the growing influence of trade unions in the United States.

In 1956, rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley appeared on national television for the first time -- on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1971, more than 1,000 convicts took over the state prison at Attica, N.Y., and held hostages. Four days later, 28 convicts and nine hostages were killed as state police reclaimed the prison. The overall death toll was later set at 43.


In 1976, Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong died at age 82.

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan denounced apartheid as "systematic, institutionalized racial discrimination" and imposed a series of economic sanctions against South Africa.

In 1990, Liberian President Samuel Doe was killed by rebels after visiting the headquarters of West African peacekeeping forces in Monrovia.

In 1993, in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the PLO recognized the right of the state of Israel to exist in peace and security. In turn, Rabin declared the PLO the representative of the Palestinian people.

In 1999, more than 100 people died in the bombing of a Moscow apartment building. The blast was blamed on militants from the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

In 2003, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston agreed to pay $85 million in lawsuits by more than 500 people who said they sexually abused by priests.

In 2009, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's address on healthcare reform to a joint session of Congress. Wilson's outburst brought sharp criticism from colleagues and he apologized to Obama for "inappropriate and regrettable" behavior and letting "my emotions get the best of me."


In 2010, a federal judge in California ruled that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy preventing homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. armed services was unconstitutional.

In 2015, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II became England's longest-serving monarch, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, more than a century earlier.

In 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, leaving millions in the state without power. The Category 5 storm was blamed for more than 130 deaths throughout the Caribbean and the United States.

In 2018, John Legend became the first black man to earn EGOT status -- winning at the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys. He completed his EGOT with a win at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards as producer on NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. The show also earned Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice EGOTs.

In 2018, Les Moonves, the CEO and chairman of CBS, stepped down amid sexual assault and harassment allegations.

In 2019, scientists announced the discovery of the earliest direct evidence of milk consumption in the 6,000-year-old teeth of British farmers.

A thought for the day: "The soul is healed by being with children." -- Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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