TODAY IN HISTORY
The Great Fire of London broke out.
During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupied Atlanta.
Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.
Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.
In what some regard as the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at UCLA passed test data through a 15-foot cable.
A Swissair MD-11jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard.
A National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina.
Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo., is 90. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 73. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors is
69. Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is
61. Actor Keanu Reeves is 57. Actor-comedian Katt Williams is 48. Rock musician Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) is 44. Electronic music DJ/ producer Zedd is 32.