Today In Histroy; September 15

September 15 is the 258th day of the year. There are 107 days remaining until the end of the year.



 Today's Highlight In History; 1978 – Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title 3 times at the Superdome in New Orleans.



Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942., is an American former professional boxer, considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history] He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.
Ali left the ring with a record of 56 wins, five losses and 37 knockouts.


 

1616 – The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy.

1789 – The United States Department of State is established (formerly known as the "Department of Foreign Affairs").


1830 – The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opens.

1831 – The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.

1851 – Saint Joseph's University is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1862 – American Civil War: Confederate forces capture Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

1963 – 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, United States

1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

1974 – Air Vietnam Flight 706 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.

1978 – Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title 3 times at the Superdome in New Orleans.

1981 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

1981 – Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.

1987 – United States Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze sign a treaty to establish centers to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

2007 – Colin McRae dies when the helicopter he was piloting crashes near his Lanarkshire home.

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