Today in his­tory

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Today is Sun­day, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2019. There are 121 days left in the year.

On this date in his­tory

On Septem­ber 1, 1939, World War II be­gan as Nazi Ger­many in­vaded Poland.

1715 — Fol­low­ing a reign of 72 years, King Louis XIV of France died four days be­fore his 77th birth­day.

1807 — For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Aaron Burr was found not guilty of trea­son. (Burr was then tried on a mis­de­meanor charge, but was again ac­quit­ted.)

1923 — The Ja­panese cities of Tokyo and Yoko­hama were dev­as­tated by an earth­quake that claimed some 140,000 lives.

1942 — U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Martin I. Welsh, rul­ing from Sacramento, Calif., on a law­suit brought by the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union on be­half of Fred Kore­matsu, up­held the wartime de­ten­tion of Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans as well as Ja­panese na­tion­als.

1945 — Amer­i­cans re­ceived word of Ja­pan’s for­mal sur­ren­der that ended World War II. (Be­cause of the time dif­fer­ence, it was Sept. 2 in Tokyo Bay, where the cer­e­mony took place.)

1961 — The Soviet Union ended a mora­to­rium on atomic test­ing with an above-ground nuclear ex­plo­sion in cen­tral Asia. A TWA Lockheed Con­stel­la­tion crashed shortly af­ter take­off from Chicago’s Mid­way Air­port, killing all 78 peo­ple on board.

1969 — A coup in Libya brought Moam­mar Gad­hafi to power.

1972 — Amer­i­can Bobby Fischer won the in­ter­na­tional chess crown in Reyk­javik, Ice­land, as Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union re­signed be­fore the re­sump­tion of Game 21.

1983 — Two hun­dred sixty-nine peo­ple were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boe­ing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter af­ter the air­liner en­tered Soviet airspace.

1985 — A U.S.-French ex­pe­di­tion lo­cated the wreck­age of the Ti­tanic on the floor of the At­lantic Ocean roughly 400 miles off New­found­land.

2004 — More than 1,000 peo­ple were taken hostage by heav­ily armed Chechen mil­i­tants at a school in Bes­lan in south­ern Rus­sia; more than 330 peo­ple, more than half of them chil­dren, were killed in the three-day or­deal.

2005 — New Or­leans Mayor Ray Na­gin is­sued a “des­per­ate SOS” as his city de­scended into an­ar­chy amid the flood­ing left by Hurricane Ka­t­rina.

Ten years ago — Ver­mont’s law al­low­ing same­sex mar­riage went into ef­fect. Poland held cer­e­monies mark­ing the 70th anniversar­y of the start of World War II. Death claimed award-win­ning con­duc­tor Erich Kun­zel at age 74 and Wy­cliffe John­son, a ma­jor fig­ure in Ja­maican mu­sic, at age 47.

Five years ago — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, ad­dress­ing a union crowd in Mil­wau­kee, re­newed his push for Congress to raise the min­i­mum wage in a buoy­ant ac­count­ing of the econ­omy’s “revving” per­for­mance. The U.N.’s top hu­man rights body over­whelm­ingly ap­proved the Iraqi gov­ern­ment’s re­quest for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged crimes against civil­ians com­mit­ted by the Is­lamic State group in its ram­page across north­east­ern Syria and parts of Iraq.

One year ago — At a nearly three-hour me­mo­rial ser­vice for the late Ari­zona Repub­li­can Sen. John Mc­Cain in Wash­ing­ton, Mc­Cain’s daugh­ter and two for­mer pres­i­dents led a pub­lic re­buke of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s di­vi­sive pol­i­tics and called for a re­turn to ci­vil­ity among the nation’s lead­ers.

Today’s birth­days

Ac­tor Ge­orge Ma­haris is 91. Con­duc­tor Seiji Ozawa is 84. At­tor­ney and law pro­fes­sor Alan Der­showitz is 81. Co­me­dian-ac­tress Lily Tom­lin is 80. Ac­tor Don Stroud is 76. Con­duc­tor Leonard Slatkin is 75. Singer Archie Bell is 75. Singer Barry Gibb is 73. Rock mu­si­cian Greg Er­rico is 71. Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw is 69. Singer Glo­ria Este­fan is 62. For­mer White House Press Sec­re­tary Dee Dee My­ers is 58. Jazz mu­si­cian Boney James is 58. Singer-mu­si­cian Grant Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buf­falo) is 56. Coun­try singer-song­writer Char­lie Ro­bi­son is 55. Re­tired NBA All-Star Tim Har­d­away is 53. Rap DJ Spigg Nice (Lost Boyz) is 49. Ac­tor Ri­cardo An­to­nio Chavira is 48. Ac­tor Maury Ster­ling is 48. Rock singer JD For­tune is 46. Ac­tor Scott Speed­man is 44. Coun­try singer An­galeena Presley (Pis­tol An­nies) is 43. Ac­tor Boyd Hol­brook is 38. Ac­tress Zoe Lis­ter-Jones is 37. Rock mu­si­cian Joe Trohman is 35. Ac­tress Ais­ling Lof­tus is 29. Thought for today “There is lit­tle that can with­stand a man who can con­quer him­self.” — King Louis XIV (1638-1715).

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