Today in History
Today is Sunday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2013. There are 100 days left in the year.
On this date:
In 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 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 exploded 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 2001, President George W. Bush consulted at length with Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) as the United States mustered a military assault on terrorism in the wake of Sept. 11.
In entertainment history -
In 1965, singer Roger Daltry of The Who nearly got thrown out of the band for punching drummer Keith Moon on the opening date of their Scandinavian tour in Copenhagen.
In 1982, the sitcom "Family Ties" premiered on NBC.
In 1983, the Everly Brothers performed together for the first time in ten years.
In 1985, the first Farm Aid was held in Champaign, Ill.., featuring John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.
In 1989, songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York City at 101. Berlin wrote many classics, including "God Bless America" and "White Christmas."
In 1996, actress Dorothy Lamour died at her home outside Los Angeles. She was 81.
In 1999, actor George C. Scott died at 71 of an aortic aneurysm at his home outside Los Angeles.
In 2003, actor Gordon Jump (WKRP in Cincinnati) died at 71.
In 2012, singer Andy Williams died at 84 after a fight with bladder cancer at his home in Branson, Mo.
Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda is 86. NBA Commissioner David Stern is 71. Musician King Sunny Ade (ah-DAY') is 67. Actor Paul Le Mat is 67. Capt. Mark Phillips is 65. Rock singer David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) is 62. Actress Shari Belafonte is 59. Singer Debby Boone is 57. Country singer June Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 57. Singer Nick Cave is 56. Rock singer Johnette Napolitano is 56. Actress Lynn Herring is 56. Classical crossover singer Andrea Bocelli is 55. Actress Catherine Oxenberg is 52. Actor Scott Baio is 52. Actress Bonnie Hunt is 52.