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Today is Tuesday, September 15, the 259th day of 2020. There are 107 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history

On September 15, 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb exploded during Sunday services at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (Three members of the Ku Klux Klansmen were ultimately sentenced for their role in the explosion.)

To this date

In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

In 1890, English mystery writer Agatha christie was born in Torquay.

In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship.

In 1940, during the Battle of Britain in World War II, the tide changed when the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses on the Luftwaffe.

In 1942, during World War II, the aircraft carrier USS Wasp was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; the US Navy eventually sank the severely damaged ship.

In 1959, Nikita Khrushchev became the first Soviet head of state to visit the United States upon arriving at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington.

In 1972, a federal grand jury in Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in.

In 1981, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve the Supreme Court’s appointment of Sandra Day OConnor.

In 1982, the first edition of USA Today was published.

In 1985, Nike started selling its Air Jordan 1 sneakers.

In 2001, the president George W. Bush ordered US troops to prepare for war and prepared Americans for a long and difficult assault on terrorists to avenge the 9/11 attack. Besieged Afghans left Kabul running, fearing a US military strike against the Taliban leadership harboring Osama bin Laden.

In 2008, on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 504.48, or 4.42%, to 10,917.51, as oil closed below $ 100 a barrel for the first time in six months amid turmoil in the financial industry as Lehman Brothers Holdings filed for bankruptcy protection and Merrill Lynch & Co. was sold to Bank of America.

Ten years ago

Mortar attack by Palestinian militants and airstrikes by Israel provided grim backdrop as Israeli prime minister Benjamin netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas have completed their last round of still divided peace talks on important issues.

Five years ago

Hungary sealed off its border with Serbia with huge coils of barbed wire and began detaining migrants who tried to use the country as a gateway to Western Europe, harsh new measures that left behind thousands of frustrated asylum seekers piled up on the Serbian side of the border.

Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister after his fellow Conservatives in the Liberal Party voted to replace Tony Abbott as head of the country.

One year ago

Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription pain reliever OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, New York, days after reaching a tentative deal with many states and local governments that had sued the company for the opioid toll.

Ric Ocasek, The 75-year-old frontman of rock band The Cars has died in New York City of heart disease aggravated by emphysema.

Veteran Broadway Actress Phyllis Newman, who was the first woman to host The Tonight Show, has died in New York City at the age of 86.

Today’s birthdays

Actor Norm crosby is 93.

Actor Henry darrow is 87.

Baseball Hall of Fame Gaylord perry is 82.

Actor Carmen Maura is 75.

Writer-director Ron Shelton is 75.

Actor Tommy lee jones is 74.

Movie director Oliver stone is 74.

Rock musician Kelly keagy (Night Ranger) is 68 years old.

Rock musician Mitch dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 60 years old.

Football Hall of Fame Dan Marino is 59.

Actor Josh Charles is 49.

Actor Tom hardy is 43.

Actor Marisa Ramirez is 43.

Pop-rock musician Zach Filkins (OneRepublic) is 42 years old.

Actor Amy davidson is 41.

Britains Prince harry is 36.

Tv personality Monday Heidi is 34.

Actor Kate mansi is 33.

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