#September 18 Today In History

*.1919 – Fritz Pollard becomes the first African American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros.
*. 1922– Hungary is admitted to the League of Nations.
*. 1927– The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air.
*. 1934– The USSR is admitted to the League of Nations.
*. 1940– The British liner SS City of Benares is sunk by German submarine U-48; those killed include 77 child refugees.
*. 1943– World War II: The Jews of Minskare massacred at Sobibór.
*. 1945– General Douglas MacArthur moves his command headquarters to Tokyo.
*. 1947– The United States Air Force becomes an independent branch of the United States armed forces.
*.1947 – The National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency are established in the United States under the National Security Act.
*.1948 – Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate without completing another senator's term, when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten.
*. 1960– Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.
*.1961 – The NAFC and CCCF merge into CONCACAF.
*. 1962– Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations.
*. 1964– Constantine II of Greece marries Danish princess Anne-Marie.
*. 1973– The Bahamas, East Germany and West Germany are admitted to the United Nations.
*. 1974– Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, killing 5,000 people.
*. 1975– Patty Hearst is arrested after a year on the FBI Most Wanted List.
*. 1977– Voyager Itakes first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together.
*. 1982– Christian militia begin killing six-hundred Palestinians in Lebanon.
*. 1988– End of pro-democracy uprisings in Myanmar after a bloody military coupby the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Thousands, mostly monks and civilians (primarily students), are killed by the Tatmadaw.
*. 1990– Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations.
*. 1992– An explosion rocks Giant Mine at the height of a labor dispute, killing nine replacement workers.
*. 1997– United States media magnate Ted Turner donates US$1 billion to the United Nations.
*.1997 – Al-Qaeda carried out a terrorist attack in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
*.2007 – Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some call the Saffron Revolution.
*. 2009– The 72-year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.
*. 2011– 2011 Sikkim earthquakewas felt across north eastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and southern Tibet.
*. 2014– Scotland votes against independence from the United Kingdom

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