On this day: September 21

Published On: Sep 20 2012 06:09:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 21 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

"The Hobbit" is published for the first time, Jimmy Hendrix becomes Jimi, Sandra Day O'Connor is confirmed as the first female Supreme Court justice, and a track superstar dies, all on this day.

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1996: The board of the all-male Virginia Military Institute votes 8-7 to admit women. The school, which officially enrolled its first female cadets in August 1997, was the last U.S. military college to admit women.

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