September 23

1779

John Paul Jones declared "I have not yet begun to fight!" aboard the American warship Bonhomme Richard in the battle against the British man-of-war Serapis.

1806

After a three-year journey to the Pacific Northwest, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis.

1846

German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.

1939

Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London.

1952

Vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon delivered his "Checkers speech" rebutting charges of improper campaign financing.

1973

Former Argentine president Juan Perón returned to power.

2011

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas officially requests a bid for statehood at the UN Security Council.

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