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Sep 18, Anne Hutchinson, the first female religious leader in American colonies, arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony with her family. She preached that faith alone was sufficient for salvation. As her following grew, she was brought to trial and found guilty of heresy against Puritan orthodoxy and banished from Massachusetts. She left with 70 followers to Providence, Rhode Island, Roger Williams’s colony based on religious freedom.

1905 

Sep 18, Greta Garbo (d.1990), actress nominated for Oscars for her roles in “Anna Christie” and “Ninotchka,” was born in Stockholm.

1948

Sep 18, Margaret Chase Smith became the first woman elected to the Senate without completing another senator’s term when she defeated Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten. Smith was also the only woman to be elected to and serve in both houses of Congress.

1980

Sep 18, Katherine A. Porter (b.1890), US author (Ship of Fools) and Pulitzer Prize winner (1966), died.

1993 

Sep 18, Kimberly Clarice Aiken of South Carolina was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

2004 

Sep 18, Miss Alabama Deidre Downs, an aspiring medical student, won the Miss America contest.

 

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