Events, Births and Deaths Happening on this Date
Monday, September 21, 2020
Today is the 265th day of 2020. There are 100 days left in this year.
The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
The New York Sun ran its famous editorial that answered a question from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon: ''Is there a Santa Claus?''
Britain went off the gold standard.
''The Hobbit,'' by J.R.R. Tolkien, was first published.
A hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives.
Milton Berle made his debut as permanent host of ''The Texaco Star Theater'' on NBC.
The People's Republic of China was proclaimed by its Communist leaders.
Malta gained independence from Britain.
''NFL Monday Night Football'' debuted on ABC.
The Senate confirmed Henry Kissinger to be Secretary of State.
President Carter's embattled budget director, Bert Lance, resigned after weeks of controversy over past business and banking practices.
National Football League players began a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout.
In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Interior Secretary James G. Watt jokingly described a special advisory panel as consisting of ''a black ... a woman, two Jews and a cripple.'' Although Watt later apologized, he ended up resigning.
Hurricane Hugo, packing winds of up to 135 mph, crashed into Charleston, S.C.
John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, Ga.
The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony was publicly broadcast; in it, Clinton tussled with prosecutors over ''the truth of my relationship'' with Monica Lewinsky.
Olympic gold medal track star Florence Griffith Joyner was found dead at her home in Mission Viejo, Calif.; she was 38.
A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan, killing at least 2,400 people.