This Day in History: Sept. 25

Ground is broken for Fenway Park; Bill Cosby is sentenced to state prison

On this day, Sept. 25 ...

2018: Bill Cosby is sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Also on this day:

  • 1789: The first United States Congress adopts 12 amendments to the Constitution and sends them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments would become the Bill of Rights.)
  • 1911: Ground is broken for Boston's Fenway Park.
  • 1956: The first trans-Atlantic telephone cable officially goes into service with a three-way ceremonial call between New York, Ottawa and London.
In this Sept. 25, 1957, file photo, troops of the 101st Airborne Division escort nine black students into Little Rock Central High School. (AP Photo, File)

In this Sept. 25, 1957, file photo, troops of the 101st Airborne Division escort nine black students into Little Rock Central High School. (AP Photo, File)

  • 1957: Nine Black students who were forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly White crowds are escorted to class by members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.
  • 1962: Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson in round one to win the world heavyweight title at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
  • 1965: The first installment of "In Cold Blood," Truman Capote's account of the 1959 murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kan., appears in The New Yorker. (The work would be published in book form the following year.)
  • 1981: Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court.
  • 1992: NASA's Mars Observer blasts off on a $980 million mission to the red planet (the probe would disappear just before entering Martian orbit in August 1993).
  • 1997: President Bill Clinton pulls open the door of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., as he welcomed nine Blacks who had faced hate-filled mobs 40 years earlier.
  • 2014: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces his resignation. 
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees celebrates after a game-winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 25, 2014, in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees celebrates after a game-winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 25, 2014, in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Elsa/Getty Images)

  • 2014: Derek Jeter caps off his Yankee Stadium farewell with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give New York a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
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