On this day: September 18

Published On: Sep 17 2012 06:16:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

America takes out its first loan, The New York Times and the United States Air Force are born, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies, and "The Guiding Light" ends after 72 years, all on this day.

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2009: The 72-year run of the soap opera "The Guiding Light" ends with the broadcast of the show's final episode. The show, credited by the "Guinness Book of World Records" as the longest running drama in television history, started with a 15-year run on radio before moving to television in 1952. The show's cast is seen here at the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in August 2009.

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