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Friday, September 21th 2018

Today is the 264th day of 2018.  There are 101 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1792 The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
1897 The New York Sun ran its famous editorial that answered a question from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon: ''Is there a Santa Claus?''
1931 Britain went off the gold standard.
1937 ''The Hobbit,'' by J.R.R. Tolkien, was first published.
1938 A hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives.
1948 Milton Berle made his debut as permanent host of ''The Texaco Star Theater'' on NBC.
1949 The People's Republic of China was proclaimed by its Communist leaders.
1964 Malta gained independence from Britain.
1970 ''NFL Monday Night Football'' debuted on ABC.
1973 The Senate confirmed Henry Kissinger to be Secretary of State.
1977 President Carter's embattled budget director, Bert Lance, resigned after weeks of controversy over past business and banking practices.
1982 National Football League players began a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout.
1983 In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Interior Secretary James G. Watt jokingly described a special advisory panel as consisting of ''a black ... a woman, two Jews and a cripple.'' Although Watt later apologized, he ended up resigning.
1989 Hurricane Hugo, packing winds of up to 135 mph, crashed into Charleston, S.C.
1996 John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, Ga.
1996 The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
1998 President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony was publicly broadcast; in it, Clinton tussled with prosecutors over ''the truth of my relationship'' with Monica Lewinsky.
1998 Olympic gold medal track star Florence Griffith Joyner was found dead at her home in Mission Viejo, Calif.; she was 38.
1999 A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan, killing at least 2,400 people.
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