Highlights of this day in history: Nathan Hale hanged in the American Revolution; Iraq invades Iran; President Gerald Ford faces a second assassination attempt in weeks; 'Fiddler on the Roof' hits Broadway; Songwriter Irving Berlin dies. (Sept. 22)
CAMILLE BOHANNON: September 22, 1776-- in New York, the British hang Nathan Hale as a spy during the American Revolution. Hale's last words are said to have been, I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
1980-- Iraq's Saddam Hussein invades neighboring Iran, the year after Tehran's Islamic revolution. It's the start of a war that kills hundreds of thousands on both sides over the next eight years.
--the second attempt on President Gerald Ford's life in less than three weeks. Sara Jane Moore tries to shoot Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but misses. Moore, a political radical, turned FBI informant, receives life in prison.
[MUSIC - ZERO MOSTEL, "IF I WERE A RICH MAN"]
If I were a rich man, ya ba, dibba, dibba, dibba, dibba, dibba, dum.
In New York, the musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," starring Zero Mostel opens on Broadway.
[MUSIC - IRVING BERLIN, "GOD BLESS AMERICA"]
God bless America.
Also in the Big Apple, songwriter Irving Berlin dies. He was 101 years old. Among his songs, "God Bless America," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "White Christmas." "Today in History," September 22, Camille Bohannon, the Associated Press.