On this day: September 21

Published On: Sep 20 2012 06:09:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 21 2015 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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1993: Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspends parliament and scraps the then-functioning constitution, although he didn't have the constitutional power to do so, thus triggering the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993. In response, the parliament would declare his decision null and void, impeach Yeltsin and proclaim vice president Aleksandr Rutskoy to be acting president. The crisis continued until Yeltsin managed to push through his new constitution in December 1993, creating a strong presidency and giving the president sweeping powers to issue decrees.


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