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On this day: September 14

Published On: Sep 14 2012 12:43:33 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 14 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

America gets its first lighthouse, the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" are written, President McKinley dies, and a hurricane closes Disney World for the first time, all on this day.

OTD September 14 - Boston Lighthouse
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United States Lighthouse Society

1716: Boston Light, the first lighthouse in America, is first lit just before sunset. Located on Little Brewster Island to mark the entrance to Boston Harbor, the lighthouse has guided ships since then. Boston Light was blown up by the British in 1776, but rebuilt in 1783 under Massachusetts Gov. John Hancock. Today, the lighthouse is the last remaining manned station in the U.S.

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