On this day: September 18

Published On: Sep 17 2012 06:16:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2014 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.

OTD September 18 - anthrax letters
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2001: The first mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey, in the 2001 anthrax attacks takes place. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two Democratic U.S. senators, killing five people and infecting 17 others. Federal prosecutors in August 2008 named scientist Bruce Edwards Ivins, who had committed suicide a month earlier, the sole culprit in the crime.

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