Today in history – September 18, 2019

1793 – The first cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol building is laid by George Washington.

1850 – Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveowners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states.

1851 – First publication of the New York Daily Times, which later becomes the New York Times.

1870 – Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn.

1919 – The Netherlands gives women the right to vote.

1947 – The National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency are established in the United States under the National Security Act.

1948 – Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first women elected to the U.S. Senate without completing another senator’s term.

1997 – Ted Turner donates $1 billion to the United Nations