September 14


Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner.


President McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.


Modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France.


Congress passed the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history.


The Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the Moon when it crashed onto the lunar surface.


Princess Grace of Monaco died from injuries sustained in a car crash the previous day.


Acting commissioner Bud Selig announced the cancellation of the 1994 baseball season on the 34th day of a strike by players.

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