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    This Day in History: September 18

    Featured Biography

    Samuel Johnson
    English author
    Lance Armstrong
    American cyclist
    James Gandolfini
    American actor
    Steven Pinker
    Canadian-American psychologist
    Ben Carson
    American neurosurgeon and politician
    Greta Garbo
    Swedish American actress

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    Scotland: independence referendum
    Scottish voters rejected a referendum that would have made Scotland an independent country. Test your knowledge of U.K. geography
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    For the second straight day, Typhoon Nari pounded Taiwan with record rainfalls, causing massive flooding and killing 79 people. Sort fact from fiction in our natural disasters quiz
    Jimi Hendrix
    American rock guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix—who fused American traditions of blues, jazz, rock, and soul with techniques of British avant-garde rock to redefine the electric guitar in his own image—died of an overdose of barbiturates in London. Is 27 an especially deadly age for musicians?
    Comet Ikeya-Seki
    Japanese astronomers Ikeya Kaoru and Seki Tsutomu discovered Comet Ikeya-Seki. Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about space objects
    Roger Lynds/NOAO/AURA/NSF
    Dag Hammarskj?ld
    UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskj?ld died in a plane crash that generated much speculation; a 2017 investigation found that “it appears plausible that an external attack or threat may have been a cause of the crash.”
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    A local communist commander seized power in Madiun, Indonesia, as part of a rebellion effort against the Sukarno government in an incident known as the Madiun Affair. Take our plots and revolutions quiz
    Fred Mayer/Magnum Photos
    Scotty Bowman
    Canadian ice hockey coach Scotty Bowman, who won a record nine Stanley Cups as a head coach in the National Hockey League, was born. Test your knowledge of cold weather games
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    Saudi Arabia
    By royal decree the dual kingdom of the Hejaz and Najd, along with its dependencies, was unified under the name of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. How much do you know about the Middle East?
    Greta Garbo in Camille
    Actress Greta Garbo—who was best known for her portrayals of strong-willed heroines, most of them as compellingly enigmatic as herself—was born in Stockholm. Take our women in classic cinema quiz
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    Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
    British forces under Sir Horatio Herbert Kitchener confronted French forces commanded by Jean-Baptiste Marchand at the disputed fort of Fashoda in the Egyptian Sudan.
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    Booker T. Washington
    Booker T. Washington declared the Atlanta Compromise—a classic statement on race relations—in a speech at the Atlanta (Georgia) Exposition. Read about 10 milestones in U.S. civil rights history
    Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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    Bulgarian nationalists in Eastern Rumelia mounted a coup and declared the province's unification with Bulgaria, leading to the Serbo-Bulgarian War. Take our quiz about the history of warfare
    Jean-Bernard-Léon Foucault, engraving.
    French physicist Jean-Bernard-Léon Foucault, who introduced and helped develop a technique of measuring with extreme accuracy the absolute velocity of light and provided experimental proof that Earth rotates on its axis, was born. Sort fact from fiction in our physics quiz
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