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Today In History

Today In History

Today is Saturday, September 1, the 245th day of 2012. There 121 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1494 - France's King Charles VIII invades Italy to claim throne of Naples.
1674 - William of Orange takes Grave, Belgium, but is unable to invade France.
1706 - British successfully defend Charleston, South Carolina, against French and Spanish.
1879 - Britain signs peace treaty with Zulus in South Africa.
1905 - The provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta enter into the confederation of Canada.
1923 - The Great Kanto Earthquake shakes the Tokyo metropolitan area, killing more than 142,000 people.
1939 - Germany invades Poland, starting World War II.
1942 - A federal judge in Sacramento, California, upholds the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans and nationals.
1945 - Japan surrenders aboard U.S. battleship Missouri at end of World War II.
1958 - A British soldier is killed in Cyprus by Greek Cypriot rebels fighting against a British plan for partnership between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
1961 - United Nations breaks off relations with the Katanga government in Congo, as heavy fighting in Elizabethville and Jadotville result from a U.N. attempt to arrest members of the government.
1962 - Singapore votes to join Federation of Malaysia.
1968 - Relief officials in Iran say more than 8,000 people are known to have perished in series of earthquakes.
1969 - A Libyan Arab Republic is proclaimed as the army stages a coup, deposing the monarchy and bringing Moammar Gadhafi into power.
1971 - Gulf state of Qatar declares independence from Britain.
1972 - American Bobby Fischer wins the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland, defeating Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union.
1979 - U.S. space probe Pioneer 11 becomes the first man-made object to reach Saturn, passing through the ring plane within 21,000 kilometers (13,000 miles) of Saturn's atmosphere.
1983 - A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 is shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner enters Soviet air space, killing 269 people.
1990 - Two Germanys sign a treaty that provides the blueprint for merging the countries.
1992 - France joins United States and British allies in enforcing the no-fly zone in southern Iraq.
1993 - Bosnia's government rejects a plan to end 17 months of ethnic warfare and peace talks collapse.
1994 - San Francisco Superior Court jury awards a former secretary at Baker & McKenzie, the world's largest law firm, a record US$7.1 million in punitive damages in a sexual-harassment case against the firm.
1995 - French navy commandos arrest two Greenpeace divers at the South Pacific atoll where France is to conduct an underground nuclear test.
1996 - Helmer Herrera Buitrago, a reputed leader of Colombia's Cali drug cartel, surrenders to authorities. He is the last of seven men believed to have been leaders of the cartel.
1998 - Vietnam's best-known dissident, Doan Viet Hoat, is freed as part of an amnesty for 5,219 inmates to mark Vietnam's National Day. He is immediately sent into exile in Thailand.
2001 - Forty-four people are killed in one of Tokyo's worst fires, when an explosion and blaze rip through a crowded gambling parlor and bar in the capital's most popular late-night entertainment area.
2003 - A three-member Israeli government commission issues a landmark report that found widespread official discrimination against the country's Arab citizens.
2005 - A Hong Kong jury convicts an American housewife of murdering her wealthy investment banker husband by drugging him with a milkshake laced with sedatives and beating him to death in the couple's luxury apartment.
2006 - An Iranian passenger plane in the northeastern city of Mashhad skids off the runway and rakes its wing along the ground, sparking a fire that kills 29 of the 148 people.
2007 - More than two dozen Colombian prisoners arrested three years ago in an alleged plot against President Hugo Chavez are freed in a goodwill gesture Chavez hopes will help facilitate a prisoner exchange in Colombia.
2008 - American forces hand over security responsibility to the Iraqis in a province that the U.S. once feared was lost _ a sign of the stunning reversal of fortunes since local Sunnis turned against al-Qaida in Iraq.
2009 - Libya stages a lavish spectacle, parading white-robed horsemen and gold-turbaned dancers as jets streaked overhead to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Moammar Gadhafi to power in the oil-rich nation.
2010 _ President Barack Obama convenes the first direct Israeli-Palestinian talks in two years, challenging Mideast leaders to seize a fleeting opportunity to settle their differences and deliver peace to a region haunted by decades of hostility.
2011 _ World leaders line up behind Libya's new de facto administration and a U.N.-led effort to stabilize the country after decades under Moammar Gadhafi's rule.
Today's Birthdays:
Engelbert Humperdinck, German composer (1854-1921); Edgar Rice Burroughs, U.S. novelist (1875-1950); A(bhay) C(haranaravinda) Bhaktivedanta, Indian founder of Hare Krishna movement (1896-1977); Rocky Marciano, U.S. boxer (1923-1969); Seiji Ozawa, Japanese-American conductor (1935--); Lily Tomlin, U.S. actress/comedian (1939--); Gloria Estefan, Cuban-American singer (1957--).
Thought for Today:
With history being made all the time, every day now seems to be the first anniversary of something awful _ Anonymous.


Updated : 2021-03-06 17:02 GMT+08:00