Today in History: Sept. 23

circa 1970:  Neptune, fourth largest of the planets in our solar system. The atmosphere consists mostly of hydrogen and helium, but the presence of three per cent methane lends the planet its striking blue hue.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
In 1846, Neptune was identified as a planet by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle. Circa 1970: Neptune, fourth largest of the planets in our solar system. The atmosphere consists mostly of hydrogen and helium, but the presence of 3 percent methane lends the planet its striking blue hue. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Hulton Archive)
On September 23, 1952, in what became known as the "Checkers" speech, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing live on television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising. (AP Photo)
In 1952, in what became known as the “Checkers” speech, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing live on television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
In 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of murdering black teenager Emmett Till. The two men later admitted to the crime in an interview with Look magazine. Bryant and Milam are seen here inside the courtroom. (AP Photo)
In 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of murdering black teenager Emmett Till. The two men later admitted to the crime in an interview with Look magazine. Bryant and Milam are seen here inside the courtroom. (AP Photo) (AP/Anonymous)
** FILE ** In this Sept. 25, 1957, file photo, troops of the 101st Airborne Division escort  nine black students into Little Rock Central High School. The city is marking the 50th anniversary of Central High School's integration in September 2007 with a series of events culminating in a ceremony featuring former president Bill Clinton and the Little Rock Nine. (AP Photo, File)
In 1957, nine black students who’d entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside. (AP Photo, File) (AP/Anonymous)
The concept of a flying car has been popular for decades, since The Jetsons. (Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images)
In 1962, “The Jetsons,” an animated cartoon series about a Space Age family, premiered as the ABC television network’s first program in color.  (Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images) (Getty Images/Warner Bros.)
FILE - In this May 7, 2014, file photo, shoppers walk under the logo of Nintendo and Super Mario characters at an electronics store in Tokyo. Nintendo Co. is reporting solid sales and profit for the fiscal fourth quarter, powered by brisk demand for its Switch machines. The Japanese maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games reported Thursday, April 26, 2018,  that its January-March profit totaled 4.4 billion yen ($40 million), reversing a 394 million yen loss it racked up the previous year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
In 1889, Nintendo was founded in Kyoto, Japan, as a playing card company. FILE – In this May 7, 2014, file photo, shoppers walk under the logo of Nintendo and Super Mario characters at an electronics store in Tokyo. Nintendo Co. is reporting solid sales and profit for the fiscal fourth quarter, powered by brisk demand for its Switch machines. The Japanese maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games reported Thursday, April 26, 2018, that its January-March profit totaled 4.4 billion yen ($40 million), reversing a 394 million yen loss it racked up the previous year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) (AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)
This is an undated photo of a portrait of explorers Meriwether Lewis, left, and William Clark.  (AP Photo)
In 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest. This is an undated photo of a portrait of explorers Meriwether Lewis, left, and William Clark. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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circa 1970:  Neptune, fourth largest of the planets in our solar system. The atmosphere consists mostly of hydrogen and helium, but the presence of three per cent methane lends the planet its striking blue hue.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
On September 23, 1952, in what became known as the "Checkers" speech, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing live on television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising. (AP Photo)
In 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of murdering black teenager Emmett Till. The two men later admitted to the crime in an interview with Look magazine. Bryant and Milam are seen here inside the courtroom. (AP Photo)
** FILE ** In this Sept. 25, 1957, file photo, troops of the 101st Airborne Division escort  nine black students into Little Rock Central High School. The city is marking the 50th anniversary of Central High School's integration in September 2007 with a series of events culminating in a ceremony featuring former president Bill Clinton and the Little Rock Nine. (AP Photo, File)
The concept of a flying car has been popular for decades, since The Jetsons. (Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images)
FILE - In this May 7, 2014, file photo, shoppers walk under the logo of Nintendo and Super Mario characters at an electronics store in Tokyo. Nintendo Co. is reporting solid sales and profit for the fiscal fourth quarter, powered by brisk demand for its Switch machines. The Japanese maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games reported Thursday, April 26, 2018,  that its January-March profit totaled 4.4 billion yen ($40 million), reversing a 394 million yen loss it racked up the previous year. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
This is an undated photo of a portrait of explorers Meriwether Lewis, left, and William Clark.  (AP Photo)

Today is Monday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2019. There are 99 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 23, 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest.

On this date:

In 63 B.C., Caesar Augustus, the first Roman emperor, was born.

In 1780, British spy John Andre was captured along with papers revealing Benedict Arnold’s plot to surrender West Point to the British.

In 1846, Neptune was identified as a planet by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle (GAH’-luh).

In 1926, Gene Tunney scored a ten-round decision over Jack Dempsey to win the world heavyweight boxing title in Philadelphia.

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman announced there was evidence the Soviet Union had recently conducted a nuclear test explosion. (The test had been carried out on Aug. 29, 1949.)

In 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing on television from Los Angeles to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising in what became known as the “Checkers” speech.

In 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of murdering black teenager Emmett Till. (The two men later admitted to the crime in an interview with Look magazine.)

In 1957, nine black students who’d entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.

In 1987, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., withdrew from the Democratic presidential race following questions about his use of borrowed quotations and the portrayal of his academic record.

In 2001, President George W. Bush returned the American flag to full staff at Camp David, symbolically ending a period of national mourning following the 9/11 attacks.

In 2002, Gov. Gray Davis signed a law making California the first state to offer workers paid family leave.

In 2005, Hurricane Rita, down to Category 3, steamed toward refinery towns along the Texas-Louisiana coast, creating havoc even before it arrived; levee breaks caused new flooding in New Orleans, and 23 people were killed when a bus carrying nursing-home evacuees caught fire in Texas.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly, where he challenged world leaders to shoulder more of the globe’s critical burdens, warning they could no longer castigate the U.S. as a go-it-alone bully while still demanding it cure all ills.

Five years ago: In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders at the United Nations to follow the United States’ lead on the issue. The U.S. struck the al-Qaida-linked Khorasan group with Tomahawk missiles and other ordnance near Aleppo in northwestern Syria based on fears it was planning terrorist attacks on the U.S. and Europe. A man wearing his work uniform opened fire inside a UPS sorting facility in Birmingham, Alabama, a day after he was fired from the company, killing two supervisors before committing suicide.

One year ago: As negotiators reached agreement on a hearing at which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, would testify, there was a second allegation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh; the second accuser said it took place during Kavanaugh’s first year at Yale University. More than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas, rivers continued to rise, with thousands of coastal residents being warned that they may need to leave their homes. Capping a comeback from four back surgeries, Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship in Atlanta, the 80th victory of his PGA Tour career and his first in more than five years.

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