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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

On Sept. 21, 1991, Armenia became the 12th Soviet republic to declare independence.

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A protester draped in an Armenian flag rallies outside the Azerbaijani Consulate General offices in protest over the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Los Angeles on November 1, 2020. On September 21 1991, Armenia became the 12th Soviet republic to declare independence. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/e822eae88bb2a04deaa58cc34aaa9046/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A protester draped in an Armenian flag rallies outside the Azerbaijani Consulate General offices in protest over the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Los Angeles on November 1, 2020. On September 21 1991, Armenia became the 12th Soviet republic to declare independence. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2022 with 101 to follow.

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

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include Louis Joliet, French-Canadian explorer of the Mississippi River, in 1645; U.S. first lady Margaret Taylor in 1788; British author/historian H.G. Wells in 1866; animator Chuck Jones in 1912; actor Larry Hagman in 1931; singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen in 1934; radio talk show host Diane Rehm in 1936 (age 86); journalist Bill Kurtis in 1940 (age 82); television producer Jerry Bruckheimer in 1943 (age 79); comedian Fannie Flagg in 1944 (age 78); author Stephen King in 1947 (age 75); guitarist Don Felder in 1947 (age 75); comedian Bill Murray in 1950 (age 72); champion race car driver Arie Luyendyk in 1953 (age 69); former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 1954; Ethan Coen, one of the filmmaking Coen brothers, in 1957 (age 65); actor Dave Coulier in 1959 (age 63); actor Nancy Travis in 1961 (age 61); actor Rob Morrow in 1962 (age 60); singer Faith Hill in 1967 (age 55); actor Ricki Lake in 1968 (age 54); celebrity chef Anne Burrell in 1969 (age 53); actor Billy Porter in 1969 (age 53); actor Luke Wilson in 1971 (age 51); actor/TV host Alfonso Ribeiro in 1971 (age 51); singer Liam Gallagher in 1972 (age 50); television personality Nicole Richie in 1981 (age 41); actor Joseph Mazzello in 1983 (age 39); actor Scott Evans in 1983 (age 39); singer Jason Derulo in 1989 (age 33); actor Christian Serratos in 1990 (age 32).

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On this date in history:

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In 1780, American Gen. Benedict Arnold gave plans to the British for the surrender of West Point, New York. Arnold's name was forever after associated with the word "traitor."

In 1792, the Legislative Assembly of revolutionary France voted to abolish the monarchy and establish the First Republic, stripping King Louis XVI of most of his power.

In 1893, the first successful American-made, gasoline-operated motorcar appeared on the streets of Springfield, Mass. It was designed and built by Charles and Frank Duryea.

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In 1938, an estimated 600 people were killed by a hurricane that battered the coast of New England.

In 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor received a unanimous vote in the Senate to become the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1991, Armenia became the 12th Soviet republic to declare independence.

In 1998, Hurricane Georges began a deadly rampage through the Caribbean, killing more than 600 people. About a week later, the storm made landfall near Biloxi, Miss., with reported gusts up to 172 mph.

In 1999, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan, killing at least 2,300 people, injuring thousands and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

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In 2001, a telecast by top movie stars and musicians raised more than $500 million for survivors of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

In 2003, the spacecraft Galileo approached the fringes of Jupiter's atmosphere and then was directed to destroy itself in a high-speed plunge.

In 2008, Thabo Mbecki, South Africa's president since 1999, stepped down after losing a power struggle with rival Jacob Zuma.

In 2011, American hikers Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, imprisoned on espionage charges in Iran for more than two years after wandering across the border, were released.

In 2013, Islamist terrorists ambushed a crowded, upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, took hostages and clashed with police. The death toll in the four-day siege was at least 67, with more than 170 people injured. The al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

In 2014, an estimated 300,000 people participated in a "People's Climate Change" march in New York City. Organizers said it was the largest climate-change march in history. Tens of thousands marched in other cities.

In 2021, the 76th U.N. General Assembly opened in New York, with President Joe Biden making his first address at the diplomat summit.

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A thought for the day: "You may have tangible wealth untold/Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold/Richer than I you can never be/I had a mother who read to me." -- American writer Strickland Gillilan

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