On This Day September 21
1780 – During the American Revolution, U.S. General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in exchange for a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot is foiled and Arnold, a former American hero, becomes synonymous with the term “traitor.”
1989 – U.S. Army General Colin Powell is confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Powell becomes the first African American to achieve the nation’s highest military post.
1950 – Emmy-winning actor-comedian Bill Murray (“Saturday Night Live,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Lost in Translation,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “Hyde Park on Hudson,” “St. Vincent”)