Today in history: Sept. 18 Sep 18, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1793: U.S. Capitol On Sept. 18, 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1959: Nikita Khrushchev In 1959, during his U.S. tour, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visited Wall Street, the Empire State Building and the grave of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Khrushchev called on all countries to disarm. STR 1961: Dag Hammarskjold In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM'-ahr-shoold) was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia. AP 1964: "The Addams Family" In 1964, the situation comedy "The Addams Family," inspired by the Charles Addams cartoons, premiered on ABC-TV. R. Howard 1970: Jimi Hendrix In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27. STF 1975: Patty Hearst In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Anonymous 1994: Vitas Gerulaitis In 1994, tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis (VEE'-tuhs gehr-uh-LY'-tihs), 40, was found dead in the guest cottage of a friend's home in Southampton, New York, of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. J. Kirk Condyles 2001: Anthrax letters In 2001, letters postmarked Trenton, N.J., that later tested positive for anthrax were sent to the New York Post and NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw. MADGE STAGER 2001: George W. Bush In 2001, a week after the Sept. 11 attack, President George W. Bush said he hoped to "rally the world" in the battle against terrorism and predicted that all "people who love freedom" would join. DOUG MILLS 2007: O.J. Simpson In 2007, O.J. Simpson was charged with seven felonies, including kidnapping, in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in a Las Vegas casino-hotel room. (Simpson, sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison, was released on parole in October 2017.) Jae C. Hong 2009: "Guiding Light" Ten years ago: The final episode of "Guiding Light" aired on CBS, ending a 72-year run on radio and television. Matt Sayles 2009: Mideast Iran Ten years ago: Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in defiance of Iran's Islamic leadership, clashing with police and confronting state-run anti-Israel rallies. Vahid Salemi 2014: Barack Obama & Petro Poroshenko Five years ago: In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new president of the embattled former Soviet republic, Petro Poroshenko, to the White House. Evan Vucci 2014: Congress Syria Five years ago: Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic Group militants. Carolyn Kaster 2014: Home Depot Five years ago: Home Depot said a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada had affected 56 million debit and credit cards. Mark Humphrey 2014: Scotland referendum Five years ago: Voters in Scotland rejected independence, opting to remain part of the United Kingdom in a historic referendum. Teresa Crawford 2014: St. Andrews Golf Club Five years ago: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, Scotland, ended years of male-only exclusivity as its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. Matt Dunham 2018: China Tariffs One year ago: China announced tax increases on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, a day after the U.S. announcement of new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made goods. Stephen B. Morton 2018: Hurricane Florence One year ago: The death toll from Hurricane Florence rose to at least 37 in three states; the victims include two female detainees being taken to a mental health facility in a van that was overtaken by water in South Carolina. Sean Rayford 2018: Russia Syria One year ago: Russia said a Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board; the Russians blamed Israel, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in Syria. 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