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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Today in History: September 25

1066: King Harold II defeats the Vikings at Stamford Bridge, ending Danish authority in England.

1513: Vasco Núñez de Balboa becomes the first European to sight the Pacific Ocean.  He claims the whole thing for the King of Spain.

1789: The U.S. Congress proposes 12 amendments to the recently adopted Constitution.  Ten of them will be ratified.

1862: William Morris “Billy” Hughes, Australia’s seventh Prime Minister, is born at London, England.  He’ll study law and qualify as a barrister at age 41 while working as a labor organizer for Sydney dockworkers.

1912: With money obtained from the will of Joseph Pulitzer, who has grown considerably more respectable after he's six feet under, Columbia University founds its School of Journalism.

1981: Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Sandra Day O’Connor is sworn in as the first female Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

1988: William Alton “Billy” Carter, the only U.S. Presidential sibling to have a beer named for him, dies at Plains, Georgia.  His claim for “Billy Beer”: “It’s the best beer I’ve ever tasted, and I’ve tasted a lot.”

2004: Billionaire corporate raider Marvin Davis dies at Beverly Hills, California.

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