Today in History: The Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb in 1949 | Lifestyles


Today it’s Wednesday September 22 the 265th day of 2021. There are 100 days left in the year. Fall arrives at 3:20 p.m. EDT.

On September 22, 2014, the United States and five Arab countries launched airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, sending waves of Tomahawk cruise planes and missiles against an array of targets.

In 1761, the King of England George III and his wife Charlotte were crowned at Westminster Abbey.

In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Captain Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863.

In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous “long count” fight in Chicago.

In 1949, the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb.

In 1950, Omar N. Bradley was promoted to the rank of Five-Star General, joining an elite group that included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall and Henry H. “Hap” Arnold.

In 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued rules prohibiting racial discrimination on interstate buses.

In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but failed.

In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq degenerated into full-scale war.

In 1993, 47 people were killed when an Amtrak passenger train fell from a bridge and crashed into Big Bayou Canot near Mobile, Alabama. (A tug pilot lost in fog pushed a barge into the railroad bridge, bending the 38-inch rails a few minutes before the train arrived.)

In 1995, an AWACS plane carrying US and Canadian military crashed while taking off from Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, Alaska, killing all 24 people on board.

In 2017, Senator John McCain declared his opposition to the GOP’s ultimate effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” the second time in three months McCain had become the destroyer of his party’s signature pledge to voters.

Ten years ago: US diplomats led a walkout at the United Nations General Assembly as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE’-neh-zhahd) fiercely attacked the United States and major Western European countries in as “arrogant powers” ​​ruled by greed and hungry for military adventurism. Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Germany for his first state visit to his native country.

Five years ago: Prosecutors charged a white Oklahoma police officer with first degree manslaughter less than a week after killing an unarmed black man on a city street, claiming in court documents that the officer “had reacted unreasonably “. (Betty Shelby was acquitted in May 2017 of manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.)

One year ago: Deaths from the coronavirus in the United States topped 200,000, by far the highest number of confirmed deaths from the virus in the world at that time, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.

Today’s birthdays: Dancer / choreographer / singer Toni Basil is 78 years old. Actor Paul Le Mat is 76 years old. The musician King Sunny Adé (ah-DAY ‘) is 75 years old. Captain Mark Phillips is 73 years old. Rock singer David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) is 70 years old. Actress Shari Belafonte is 67 years old. Actress Teyonah Parris is 34 years old. Actress Juliette Goglia is 26 years old. Actress Dalya Knapp is 11 years old.

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