The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)
TODAY IN HISTORY
Sept. 3, 1939
Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland; in a radio address, Britain’s King George VI said, “With God’s help, we shall prevail.”
ON THIS DATE
America’s Viking 2 lander touched down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the red planet’s surface.
The online auction site eBay was founded in San Jose, Calif., by Pierre Omidyar under the name “AuctionWeb.”
Defense Secretary Robert Gates toured U.S. bases and war zones in Afghanistan, saying he saw and heard evidence that the American counterinsurgency strategy was taking hold in critical Kandahar province.