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Monday, September 19, 2005

Today in History: September 19

1737: The lawyer who will become the richest man in America and a leader in the War of Independence, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, is born at Annapolis, Maryland.

1824: Levi Wyman, the wandering son in Mills v. Wyman, now fully recovered from his illness, marries wife Lucinda.

1881: James Abram Garfield, the first college president (Hiram College) to become President of the United States, dies of blood poisoning and pneumonia at what is now Long Branch, New Jersey, 80 days after he was shot.

1900: Robert Leroy "Butch Cassidy" Parker, Harry “Sundance Kid” Longabaugh, and other members of the “Wild Bunch” hit the First National Bank of Winnemucca, Nevada, for $32,640, or about $3.5 million based on 2003 wage levels.

1945: William (“Lord Haw Haw”) Joyce, an American citizen who had become a naturalized German citizen in 1940, is sentenced to death by British authorities for “high treason” against the United Kingdom.

1982: Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, uses the first “emoticon” on the Internet. :-)

1985: Under pressure from the Parents Music Resource Center, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee begins investigation into smutty lyrics in pop music.  It’s much too profitable for anything to be done, though.

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