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September 19th

1777 American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War.
1881 U.S. President James Garfield died in Elberon, N.J., of gunshot wounds inflicted by a disgruntled office-seeker. Vice President Chester Arthur was sworn in as his successor.
1893 With the signing of the Electoral Bill by Gov. Lord Glasgow, New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant national voting rights to women.
1955 After a decade of rule, Argentine President Juan Domingo Peron was deposed in a military coup.
1985 An earthquake collapsed hundreds of buildings and killed 7,000 people in Mexico City.
1988 U.S. swimmer Greg Louganis took the gold medal in 3-meter springboard diving at the Seoul Olympics after hitting his head on the board during preliminary competition.
1991 The U.N. Security Council authorized Iraq to sell $1.6 billion in oil to buy food and essential supplies.
1994 The first 3,000 U.S. troops entered Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on a mission to ensure democracy, returned to the Caribbean nation.
1995 The Washington Post published the 35,000-word manifesto written by the Unabomber, who had said he wouldn't try to kill again if it was published. The Post and The New York Times shared the costs of publication.
2001 In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Defense Department ordered deployment of combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The following day, the U.S. Army said ground troops were being sent to the region.
2004 Iran refused a plea by the International Atomic Energy Agency to end its enrichment of uranium, usually a first step toward producing fuel for nuclear reactors or bombs. Iran says it had only peaceful purposes in mind.
2005 In New Orleans, residents beginning to return after Hurricane Katrina and the flood were told by Mayor Ray Nagin to stay away as Hurricane Rita headed toward the Texas-Louisiana coast.
2005 North Korea agreed in principle to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in exchange for oil and energy in a deal signed in Beijing. However, the deal fell through.
2006 Thailand Premier Thaksin Shinawatra was overthrown in a bloodless military coup.
2006 In an address before the U.N. General Assembly, the president of Sudan again refused to allow peacekeepers in Sudan's devastated Darfur region where 200,000 are reported to have died in civil strife.
2008 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced a temporary ban on short selling for 799 financial stocks to stabilize stock prices. Short selling is a method of profiting on declining stocks.
2008 North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the country is restoring its nuclear reactor and is no longer concerned whether the United States lists it as a supporter of terrorism.
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