* On Sept. 22, 1598, famed playwright Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter after a duel. His ability to read and write saved him, and he claimed “benefit of clergy,” which allowed him to be sentenced by the lenient ecclesiastical courts.
* On Sept. 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States approves 12 (of an original 17) amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Only 10, known as the Bill of Rights, were initially ratified by the states.
* On Sept. 21, 1866, H.G. Wells, pioneer of science fiction, is born in Bromley, England. Wells worked as a draper’s apprentice and bookkeeper before becoming a freelance writer. In 1895, he published “The Time Machine,” about a man who journeys to the future.
* On Sept. 24, 1890, faced with the eminent destruction of their church and way of life, Mormon leaders reluctantly issue the “Mormon Manifesto” in which they command all Latter-day Saints to uphold the anti-polygamy laws of the nation.
* On Sept. 23, 1933, American Standard Oil geologists land in Saudi Arabia and begin their search for oil. The next year the Arabian American Oil Company (a joint venture with the Saudi government) exported its first tanker-load of petroleum. In 1980 the Saudis won control of the company. 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.