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 Sunday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2018.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Sept. 23, 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.)

On this date:

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

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

In 1889, Nintendo was founded in Kyoto, Japan, as a playing card company.

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 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 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 1962, “The Jetsons,” an animated cartoon series about a Space Age family, premiered as the ABC television network’s first program in color.

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 1999, the Mars Climate Orbiter apparently burned up as it attempted to go into orbit around the Red Planet.

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.

Ten years ago: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE’-neh-zhahd) accused what he called “a few bullying powers” of trying to thwart his country’s peaceful nuclear program and declared in a speech before the U.N. General Assembly that “the American empire” was nearing collapse. A 22-year-old gunman opened fire at his trade school in Finland, killing 10 people before fatally shooting himself.

Five years ago: Facing possible firing, Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal, retired. An Egyptian court ordered the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood and the confiscation of its assets. After 20 consecutive years of losing, the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched at least a National League wild card when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and Washington lost to St. Louis 4-3. (The Pirates’ year came to an end as they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in a division series that went the full five games.)

One year ago: President Donald Trump tweeted that NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was no longer invited to the White House because Curry had said he didn’t want to make such a visit with his championship team; NBA star LeBron James responded with a tweet calling Trump a “bum” and saying, “Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico to help communities still without fresh water, fuel, electricity or phone service in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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