On This Day in History Sept 18, 2020

1793 – George Washington lays the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol building, home of the U.S. Congress. The building will take nearly a century to fully complete.

1960 – Fidel Castro visits New York as head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations. The visit stirs indignation and admiration from various sectors of American society.

1973 – Future President Jimmy Carter files a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena claiming he had seen a UFO in October 1969.

1975 – Patty Hearst is captured by police and is charged with armed robbery. The 20-year-old heiress of the Hearst fortune had been kidnapped a year earlier by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a small leftist group. She later declared she was joining the SLA of her own free will and she participated in robberies.  She is convicted, but her prison term is commuted by Pres. Jimmy Carter. She receives a full pardon from Pres. Bill Clinton.