On this day: September 18

POSTED: 5:16 PM Sep 17 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Sep 18 2014

America takes out its first loan, The New York Times and the United States Air Force are born, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies, and "The Guiding Light" ends after 72 years, all on this day.

OTD September 18 - Dennis Johnson
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1954: Basketball Hall of Fame guard Dennis Johnson, who won three NBA titles, is born in San Pedro, California. Johnson led the Seattle SuperSonics to their only NBA championship in 1979, winning the NBA Finals MVP Award, and won two more with the Boston Celtics in 1984 and 1986. He died of a heart attack at age 52 on Feb. 22, 2007.

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