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Today in history: September 18

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Sunday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2005. There are 104 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on Sept. 18, 1905, actress Greta Garbo was born in Stockholm, Sweden, while actor Eddie “Rochester” Anderson was born in Oakland, Calif.

On this date:
In 1793, President Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

In 1810, Chile declared its independence from Spain.

In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveowners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states.

In 1851, the first edition of The New York Times was published.

In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.

In 1947, the National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy and newly formed Air Force into a National Military Establishment, went into effect.

In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.

In 1965, the situation comedies “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Get Smart” premiered on NBC.

In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Ten years ago: President Clinton began a five-day re-election campaign fund-raising tour that got off to a rocky start after a deal to convert the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to civilian use collapsed at the last minute.

Five years ago: The first working day of a transit strike that had begun over the weekend forced nearly half a million Southern California commuters to scrounge for rides or get behind the wheel themselves. Workers began rebuilding a railway line between the capitals of North and South Korea.

One year ago: A divided U.N. Security Council approved a resolution threatening oil sanctions against Sudan unless the government reined in Arab militias blamed for a killing rampage in Darfur. Hollywood divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 76. Pioneer adult filmmaker Russ Meyer died in Los Angeles at age 82. Miss Alabama Deidre Downs was crowned Miss America. Pop singer Britney Spears married her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise ceremony.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Jack Warden is 85. Actor Robert Blake is 72. Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 72. Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, is 72. Actor Fred Willard is 66. Singer Frankie Avalon is 65. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 56. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 55. Actor James Gandolfini is 44. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 43. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 38. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 34. Actor James Marsden is 32. Actress Alison Lohman is 26. Actors Brandon Porter and Taylor Porter are 12. Actor C.J. Sanders (“Ray”) is 9.

Thought for Today: “Your joys and sorrows. You can never tell them. You cheapen the inside of yourself if you do tell them.” — Greta Garbo, Swedish-born actress (1905-1990).