Today in history
Sep 10 1846
1,000 members of the Illinois State Militia, under the command of one Thomas Brockman, begin what will become a six-day campaign to drive out the Mormon settlement of Nauvoo. The first day consists of a cannon bombardment of the town, and things escalate from there. A treaty signed at the end of the week exchanges a Mormon surrender for the preservation of life and property, but the Illinois side flagrantly violates this agreement by raping and looting the village.
Sep 10 1977
Convicted torture-killer Hamida Djandoubi, an immigrant from Tunisia, becomes the last person executed by France when he is guillotined in Marseilles.
Sep 10 1990
Liberian president Samuel Doe is stripped naked, beaten, and tortured to death. He had been taken hostage in Monrovia the previous day by rebels led by Prince Johnson. They capture the entire process on videotape, which soon becomes West Africa's most-watched snuff film. Most memorable moment: when they cut off one of Doe's ears and Johnson chews it up.
Sep 10 1993
The X-Files premieres on the Fox network. 7.4 million homes tune in for the science fiction/conspiracy/detective show.