This day in history.
In 1938,a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming some 700 lives. In photo, damage to the First Unitarian Church on Main Street in Worcester is surveyed.
Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo crashed into Charleston, South Carolina (the storm was blamed for 56 deaths in the Caribbean and 29 in the United States). Twenty-one students in Alton, Texas, died when their school bus, hit by a soft-drink delivery truck, careened into a water-filled pit.
On this date:
In 1893, one of America's first horseless carriages was taken for a short test drive in Springfield by Frank Duryea, who had designed the vehicle with his brother, Charles.
In 1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial, written anonymously by Francis P. Church, which declared, ''Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.''
In 1948, Milton Berle made his debut as permanent host of ''The Texaco Star Theater'' on NBC-TV.
In 1957, Norway's King Haakon VII died in Oslo at age 85. The legal mystery-drama ''Perry Mason,'' starring Raymond Burr, premiered on CBS-TV.
In 1970, ''NFL Monday Night Football'' made its debut on ABC-TV as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-21.
In 1987, NFL players called a strike, mainly over the issue of free agency. (The 24-day walkout prompted football owners to hire replacement players.)
In 1991, an 18-hour hostage drama ended in Sandy, Utah, as Richard L. Worthington, who'd seized control of a hospital maternity ward and killed a nurse, finally freed his nine captives, including a baby born during the siege.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, defending his decision to invade Iraq, urged the U.N. General Assembly to stand united with the country's struggling government.
Five years ago: Record flooding hit the Atlanta area, leaving neighborhoods, schools and even sections of roller coasters submerged in several feet of water.
One year ago: Islamic militants attacked an upscale shopping center in Nairobi, killing at least 67 people in the deadliest terrorist attack in Kenya in 15 years.