Sept. 11, 1943, was a Saturday during a time when The Star didn’t publish on that day of the week.

Sept. 11, 1993, in The Star: First Presbyterian Church in Anniston is the first in Calhoun County to enroll in a national program called the Stephen Ministry, named for St. Stephen of the Bible. According to First Presbyterian associate minister Monty Clendenin, it’s based on the “priesthood of the believer, a Biblical mandate that we be priests to one another.” The program gives special training to designated lay members of any given congregation, such that these persons can, up to a point, “fill in” for the regular pastor to provide emotional or psychological support that other members might require. Also this date: Alexandria head football coach Larry Ginn could not have asked for a better performance last night from his Valley Cubs. Alexandria blanked visiting Handley 27-0, scoring 20 of its points in the first half. Touchdowns were scored by Brad Owens, Brent Dollar, Nanie Tovar and Mac Campbell. Brandon Smith, a junior, was Alexandria’s quarterback.

A few milestone events elsewhere on this date:

1941 Groundbreaking took place for the Pentagon.

1954 The Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was crowned the winner.

1962 The Beatles completed their first single for EMI, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," at EMI studios in London.

1971 Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.

2001 America faced its worst day of terrorism when nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida operatives hijacked four passenger jetliners and crashed them, or attempted to do so, in strategic locations.

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