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This Day in History: Sept. 11

In 1948, WBAL-TV broadcasted for the first time from its studio on North Charles Street, becoming the second TV station in Maryland. WMAR-TV was the first, having launched in October of 1947. (Baltimore Sun photo, 1979)

1888: The “Blizzard of ’88” struck the northeastern United States, resulting in about 400 deaths.

1917: British forces captured Baghdad in World War I.

1959: The Lorraine Hansberry drama “A Raisin in the Sun” opened at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theater.

1997: Rock star Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

2002: Two columns of light soared skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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