By The Associated Press
2013-09-07 09:01 AM
Today is Saturday, September 14, the 257th day of 2013. There are 108 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1613 - Turkey invades Hungary.
1752 - Britain adopts Gregorian calendar.
1770 - Freedom of the press is allowed in Denmark.
1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte enters Moscow and Russians set fires throughout the city.
1814 - Francis Scott Key writes America's national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner."
1829 - Treaty of Adrianople ends Russo-Turkish war.
1854 - Allied forces land unopposed on the Russian Crimea.
1864 - Japan agrees to truce following attack by British, French and Dutch fleets in Shimonoseki Straits in reprisal for Japan's closing of ports and expelling of foreigners.
1901 - U.S. President William McKinley dies in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeds him.
1911 - Peter Stolypin, Russian premier, is fatally shot by a revolutionary.
1918 - Austria-Hungary makes peace offer to Allies in World War I.
1923 - Miguel Primo de Rivera assumes dictatorship in Spain.
1927 - Modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan dies in Nice, France, when her scarf becomes entangled in a wheel of the car in which she was riding.
1948 - A groundbreaking ceremony takes place in New York at the site of the United Nations' world headquarters.
1959 - The Soviet space probe Luna 2 becomes the first man-made object to reach the moon.
1960 - Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is founded.
1972 - U.S. Senate approves U.S.-Soviet agreement to freeze a major part of their offensive nuclear arsenals for five years.
1975 - Pope Paul VI declares Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.
1982 - Lebanese Christians massacre hundreds of Palestinians after their leader, President-elect Bashir Gemayel, is killed by a bomb; Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, dies at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before.
1988 - More than 100,000 people march through streets of Yangon, Myanmar, also known as Rangoon, Burma, demanding that President Maung Maung's authoritarian government step aside.
1991 - United Nations weapons inspectors report Iraq would have been capable of building two or three atomic weapons a year by the mid-1990s, had its nuclear production facilities not been destroyed during the Persian Gulf war.
1993 - Israel and Jordan sign an "agenda for peace" in Washington. One day after Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed their interim accord for Palestinian self-rule.
1994 - Tropical storms in north-central Africa kill about 100 people.
1995 - NATO and the United Nations suspends airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs after they agree to pull heavy weapons back from Sarajevo.
1996 - Bosnia holds its first post-war election.
1997 - German and U.S. military planes collide off the coast of Namibia killing 33 people.
1998 - Supporters of former Albanian President Sali Berisha seize government buildings in Tirana and demand the government's resignation.
1999 - The Thai cabinet agrees to invest more than US$500 million to develop a US$1.03 billion natural gas pipeline project with Malaysia.
2000 - Cheng Kejie, a former deputy chairman of China's parliament, is executed for corruption. He was convicted of taking nearly US$5 million in bribes.
2001 - U.S. Congress adopts a joint resolution authorizing the use of force against terrorists.
2002 - The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a Christian fundamentalist rebel group in Uganda, stages a series of attacks where four people are killed and 41 abducted.
2004 - Senior Israeli Cabinet ministers approve cash advances of up to US$100,000 to Jewish settlers who willingly leave their homes in the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements.
2005 - A U.N. summit marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations opens with calls for the world to restore confidence in the United Nations after scandals that have seen its reputation tarnished.
2006 - Germany ordains its first rabbis since World War II -- an event hailed as a milestone in the rebirth of Jewish life in the nation.
2007 - Vladimir Putin rewrites the rules for Russia's closely watched presidential succession and names his new prime minister, Viktor Zubkov.
2008 - A passenger jet traveling from Moscow to the Ural Mountains city of Perm crashes near residential buildings, killing all 88 people aboard.
2009 - In a case that altered airport security worldwide, three British Muslims are imprisoned for at least 30 years each for a plot to kill thousands by blowing up trans-Atlantic airliners with liquid explosives hidden in soda bottles.
2010 - American Sarah Shourd exchanges a cell in Tehran's Evin Prison for a private jet crossing the Persian Gulf, after an apparent diplomatic deal to cover a $500,000 bail and secure a release that seemed in jeopardy from the start.
2011 - American officials blame the bold attack on the U.S. Embassy on a Pakistan-based group allied with the Taliban, acknowledging that the assault brought a propaganda victory for the insurgents even as they played down its military significance.
2012 - Fury over an anti-Islam film spreads across the Muslim world, with deadly clashes near Western embassies in Tunisia and Sudan, an American fast-food restaurant set ablaze in Lebanon and international peacekeepers attacked in Sinai despite an appeal from Egypt's Islamist president.
Maria Luigi Cherubini, Italian composer (1760-1842); Alexander von Humboldt, German astronomer-explorer (1769-1859); Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist (1849-1936); Alice Stone Blackwell, U.S. women's suffragist (1857-1950); Margaret Sanger, U.S. birth control pioneer (1879-1966); Zoe Caldwell, Australian actress (1933--); Sam Neill, Irish actor (1947--); Amy Winehouse, singer/songwriter (1983--2011).
Thought for Today:
Keep your mouth shut, your eyes open -- Japanese proverb.