Today in History
Today is Tuesday, September 16, the 260th day of 2008. There are 106 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
* 1744 - Prussia's King Frederick II takes Prague but, deserted by the French, he is driven back into Saxony.
* 1857 -The song Jingle Bells is copyrighted by Jane Pierpont of Boston.
* 1945 -Japan surrenders Hong Kong at end of World War II.
* 1953 -The Robe, the first movie filmed in the widescreen process CinemaScope, has its world premiere at the Roxy Theatre in New York.
* 1956 -TCN 9, Australia's first commercial TV station, opens in Sydney.
* 1963 -Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore form Federation of Malaysia.
* 1967 -UN Secretary-General U Thant calls on United States to halt bombing of North Vietnam.
* 1975 -Papua New Guinea gains full independence from Australia.
* 1977 -Death in Paris of Maria Callas, the American-born prima donna famed for her lyric soprano and fiery temperament. She was 53.
* 2000 -At the Sydney Olympics Ian Thorpe wins two gold medals and claims two world records - in the 400m freestyle and the 100m freestyle relay; Michael Klim sets a world record in his leg of the relay: Australia's first medal of the Games - a silver - won by triathlete Michellie Jones; Opening ceremony confirmed as Australian TV's most watched event, with 10. …