By the Associated Press
SEPTEMBER 12 IN HISTORY
Thursday is Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2013. There are 110 days left in the year.
1938: Adolf Hitler demanded the right of self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.
1942: During World War II, a German U-boat off West Africa torpedoed the RMS Laconia, which was carrying Italian prisoners of war, British soldiers and civilians.
1943: During World War II, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government.
1953: Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.
1960: Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling a Southern Baptist group, "I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me."
1962: In a speech at Rice University in Houston, President John F. Kennedy reaffirmed his support for the manned space program, declaring: "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
1977: South African black student leader Steve Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry.
1986: Joseph Cicippio, the acting comptroller at the American University in Beirut, was kidnapped (he was released in December 1991).
1992: The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off, carrying with it Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space; and Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese national to fly on a U.S. spaceship.
2003: In the Iraqi city of Fallujah, U.S. forces mistakenly opened fire on vehicles carrying police, killing eight of them. The U.N. Security Council ended 11 years of sanctions against Libya. Typhoon Maemi slammed into South Korea, killing at least 117 people. Music legend Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 71.
2008: A Metrolink commuter train struck a freight train head-on in Los Angeles, killing 25 people. (Federal investigators said the Metrolink engineer, Robert Sanchez, who was among those who died, had been text-messaging on his cell phone and ran a red light shortly before the crash.) Hurricane Ike began battering the Texas coast. Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker died in Hendersonville, Tenn. at age 81.
2012: The U.S. dispatched an elite group of Marines to Tripoli. Libya, after the mob attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. President Barack Obama strongly condemned the violence, and vowed to bring the killers to justice; Republican challenger Mitt Romney accused the administration of showing weakness in the face of tumultuous events in the Middle East.
Actor Ian Holm (82), actress Linda Gray (73), actor Joe Pantoliano (62), original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood (61), rock musician Neil Peart (Rush) (61), actor Peter Scolari (58), actress Rachel Ward (56), rock musician Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) (48), rock singer Ben Folds (47), comedian Louis C.K. (46), rock musician Larry LaLonde (Primus) (45), singer Ruben Studdard (35), basketball player Yao Ming (33), singer Jennifer Hudson (32), actress Emmy Rossum (27).