World Gone By 9/15

Today is Saturday, Sept. 15, the 259th day of 2012. There are 107 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 15, 1887, the city of Philadelphia launched a three-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States.

On this date:

• In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

• In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.

• In 1862, Confederate forces captured Harpers Ferry during the Civil War.

• In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship.

• In 1940, during the World War II Battle of Britain, the tide turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses against the Luftwaffe.

• In 1942, during World War II, the aircraft carrier USS Wasp was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; the U.S. Navy ended up sinking the badly damaged aircraft carrier.

• In 1950, during the Korean conflict, United Nations forces landed at Incheon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul (sohl).

• In 1954, as raucous fans looked on, Marilyn Monroe filmed the famous billowing-skirt scene for “The Seven Year Itch” over a Lexington Ave. subway grate in Manhattan (however, little, if any, of the footage ended up in the movie; the scene was later reshot on a Hollywood set).

• In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)

• In 1972, a federal grand jury in Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in.

• In 1982, the first edition of USA Today was published.

Five years ago:

• In his Saturday radio address, President George W. Bush said while “formidable challenges” remained in Iraq, the United States would start shifting more troops into support roles.

• Several thousand protesters marched from the White House to the Capitol to demand an end to the Iraq war.

One year ago:

• President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a young and humble Marine who had defied orders and barreled straight into a ferocious “killing zone” in Afghanistan to save 36 lives at extraordinary risk to himself.

• A single rogue trader at Swiss banking giant UBS allegedly cost the storied institution an estimated $2 billion.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Forrest Compton is 87. Comedian Norm Crosby is 85. Actor Henry Darrow is 79. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 74. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 66. Movie director Oliver Stone is 66. Rock musician Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) is 60. Rock musician Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 52. Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino is 51. Actor Danny Nucci is 44. Actor Josh Charles is 41. Singer Ivette (EE’-veht) Sosa (Eden’s Crush) is 36. Actor Tom Hardy is 35. Pop-rock musician Zach Filkins (OneRepublic) is 34. Actor Dave Annable is 33. Actress Amy Davidson is 33. Britain’s Prince Harry is 28. TV personality Heidi Montag is 26.