On this day: September 14

Published On: Sep 14 2012 12:43:33 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 14 2015 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.

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1984: Actress and singer Janet Gaynor, the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, dies at age 77 in Palm Springs, California. A traffic accident two years earlier was largely to blame for her death, which came from complications following several operations for injuries suffered in the crash. She was 22 years old when she won the first Best Actress Oscar in 1929 for her roles in three films: "7th Heaven," "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" and "Street Angel." She later received another Oscar nomination for her performance in 1937's "A Star Is Born," but largely retired after marrying in 1939.


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