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Today in History: Thursday, September  18, 2014
AP Highlight in History: 
On Sept. 18, 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.
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On this date in:
1759 The French surrendered Quebec to the British.
1793 President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
1810 Chile declared its independence from Spain.
1850 Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveowners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states.
1851 The first edition of The New York Times was published.
1905 Actress Greta Garbo was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1927 The Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) debuted with a network of 16 radio stations.
1947 The National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy and newly formed Air Force into a national military establishment, went into effect.
1970 Rock musician Jimi Hendrix died of a drug overdose at age 27.
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1975 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
1997 Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse agreed to merge to create the world's biggest accounting firm.
2009 Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in defiance of Iran's Islamic leadership, clashing with police and confronting state-run anti-Israel rallies.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live") turns 39 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Robert Bennett Former U.S. senator R-Utah 81
Robert Blake Actor ("Baretta") 81
Jimmie Rodgers Singer 81
Fred Willard Actor 81
Frankie Avalon Singer 74
Anna Deavere Smith Actress 64
Rick Pitino College basketball coach 62
Ryne Sandberg Baseball Hall of Famer 55
Holly Robinson Peete Actress 50
Aisha Tyler Actress 44
Jada Pinkett Smith Actress 43
James Marsden Actor 41
Alison Lohman Actress 35