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September 23, 2012

Today in History for Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012

-- — Highlight in History

On Sept. 23, 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing live on television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising. (The address became known as the “Checkers” speech because of Nixon’s on-air reference to the family pet, a dog named “Checkers.”)

On this date

In 1962, “The Jetsons,” an animated cartoon series about a Space Age family, premiered as the ABC television network’s first color program.

Ten years ago

A defiant Yasser Arafat dug in at his besieged West Bank compound, rejecting Israel’s demand to hand over the names of all those holed up inside. Gov. Gray Davis signed a law making California the first state to offer workers paid family leave.

Five years ago

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE’-neh-zhahd) left Tehran for New York to address the United Nations; state media quoted him as saying the American people were eager for different opinions about the world, and that he was looking forward to providing them with “correct and clear information.” Cuba published a photo of a standing, smiling Fidel Castro looking heavier but still gaunt as he met with Angola’s president.

One year ago

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas took his people’s quest for independence to the United Nations, seeking the world body’s recognition of Palestine and sidestepping negotiations that had foundered for nearly two decades.

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