THIS DATE IN HISTORY: SEPT. 14In 1814,...

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: SEPT. 14

In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote his famous poem "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry.

In 1847, U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott took control of Mexico City.

In 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.

In 1927, modern-dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of her sports car.

In 1959, the Soviet space probe Luna Two became the first man-made object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.

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