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September 14, 2009

This Day in History, Sept. 15:

1789: The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs changed its name to the Department of State. 1821: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador gained independence. 1835: Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle reached the Galapagos Islands. 1917: Alexander Kerensky proclaimed Russia a republic. 1935: The Nuremberg Laws deprived Jews of their citizenship and made the Swastika the official emblem of Nazi Germany. 1963: A church bombing in Birmingham, AL, killed four young black girls. 2004: The National Hockey League lockout began. The 2004-2005 season would ultimately be canceled. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist James Fenimore Cooper, 1789; U.S. President William Howard Taft, 1857; Writer Agatha Christie, 1890; Actor Jackie Cooper, 1922; Comedian Norm Crosby, 1927; Actor Tommy Lee Jones, 1946; Movie director Oliver Stone, 1946; Quarterback Dan Marino, 1961; DJ Kay Gee of Naughty by Nature, 1969; Actor Josh Charles ("Sports Night"), 1971; Guitarist Zach Filkins of OneRepublic, 1978; Actress Amy Davidson ("8 Simple Rules"), 1979; TV personality Heidi Montag ("The Hills"), 1986.-- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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