This Day in History: Sept. 10

On this day, Sept. 10 ...

1991: Nirvana releases the single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Also on this day:

  • 1813: An American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeats the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. (Afterward, Perry sends the message, "We have met the enemy and they are ours.")
  • 1833: President Andrew Jackson shuts down the Second Bank of the U.S. 
  • 1897: A 25-year-old London taxi driver named George Smith becomes the first person ever arrested for drunk driving. 
  • 1912: Tarzan makes his debut as "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs is first published in The All-Story magazine.
  • 1962: The U.S. Supreme Court orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a black student.
  • 1963: Twenty black students enter Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.
  • 1979: Four Puerto Rican nationalists imprisoned for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives and a 1950 attempt on the life of President Harry S. Truman are freed from prison after being granted clemency by President Jimmy Carter.
  • 1987: Pope John Paul II arrives in Miami, where he is welcomed by President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan as he begins a 10-day tour of the United States.
  • 1991: The Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1998: President Clinton meets with members of his Cabinet to apologize, ask forgiveness and promise to improve as a person in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
  • 2000: Coach Bobby Knight is fired by Indiana University for what was called a pattern of unacceptable behavior. 
  • 2006: Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts defeat Eli Manning and the New York Giants 26-21 in the first NFL game to feature two brothers starting at quarterback.
  • 2018: Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Cudjoe Key, Fla.; the hurricane would ultimately result in 134 deaths and over $64 billion in damages.