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September 14th, 2007, 05:08 AM
Published: September 14, 2007
Filed at 12:01 a.m. ET

Today is Friday, Sept. 14, .

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write his poem ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' after witnessing how Fort McHenry in Maryland had endured British bombardment during the War of 1812.

On this date:

In 1901, President McKinley died in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/r/theodore_roosevelt/index.html?inline=nyt-per) succeeded him.

In 1948, a groundbreaking ceremony took place in New York at the site of the United Nations' (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/u/united_nations/index.html?inline=nyt-org) world headquarters.

In 1975, Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.

Five years ago: President Bush said the United States was willing to take on Iraq alone if the United Nations failed to ''show some backbone'' by confronting Saddam Hussein (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/h/saddam_hussein/index.html?inline=nyt-per).

One year ago: An outbreak of E. coli illnesses in 26 states was traced to bagged spinach.

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September 15th, 2007, 07:15 AM
Published: September 15, 2007
Filed at 12:02 a.m. ET

Today is Saturday, Sept. 15

On Sept. 15, 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.

On this date:

In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge two weeks after he was found innocent of treason.

In 1857, William Howard Taft -- who would serve as president of the United States and as U.S. chief justice -- was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1942, during World War II, the USS Wasp was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; the U.S. Navy ended up sinking the badly damaged aircraft carrier.

In 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrived in the U.S. to begin a 13-day visit.