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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1776: Nathan Hale, who went behind enemy lines to report on British troop movements for American rebels, is arrested in New York City. He would be hanged the next day by British forces. He is best remembered for his purported last words: "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."


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