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This Day in History -11th September


1777 American troops led by George Washington were defeated by the British at the Battle of Brandywine Creek, in the American War of Independence.

1836 Register Office marriages were introduced in Britain.

1841 The London to Brighton commuter express train began regular service, taking just 105 minutes.

1879 268 miners died in an explosion at the Prince of Wales Colliery, at Abercarn, South Wales.

1885 D.H. Lawrence, controversial English author of Sons and Lovers, Women in Love and Lady Chatterley's Lover, was born.

1895 The prestigious FA Cup trophy was stolen from football outfitters William Shillock of Birmingham. 68 years later an 83 year old man confessed he'd melted it down to make counterfeit halfcrown coins.

1950 Barry Sheene, British racing motor cyclist was born.

1962 The Beatles completed the recording of their first single 'Love Me Do' at the Abbey Road Studios in north London.

1968 The housing charity, Shelter, said up to three million people in Britain were living in damp, overcrowded slum conditions.

1987 Four men were arrested on charges of plotting to steal a dolphin worth £25,000 from the Marineland Oceanarium in Morecambe, Lancashire.

2001 The '911' terrorist attacks in New York. In the aftermath, Prime Minister Tony Blair deployed British troops in the invasion of Iraq (March 2003), supporting the US President George Bush and his 'War on Terror'. On This Day hijackers crashed two airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and thousands of those working in the buildings. Both towers collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. A third airliner was crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth plane was redirected towards Washington, D.C., targeting either the Capitol Building or the White House, but it crashed in a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to retake control of the airliner. There were no survivors from any of the flights.

2014 The Society of Biology stated that warm temperatures had prompted flying ants to leave their nests early, Subsequently, seagulls had become more agressive, after getting 'drunk' by the formic acid in the ants’ bodies.