Today is Monday, Sept. 2, the 245th day of 2013. There are 120 days left in the year. This is Labor Day.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.
On this date:
In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupied Atlanta.
In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
In 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho died on this date in 1969.)
In 1963, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.
In 1986, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter for her role in the 1982 drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi. (Smith served 18 months.)
In 1993, the United States and Russia formally ended decades of competition in space by agreeing to a joint venture to build a space station.
Ten years ago: A federal appeals court in San Francisco threw out more than 100 death sentences in Arizona, Montana and Idaho because the inmates had been sent to death row by judges instead of juries.
Five years ago: Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was left paralyzed in a shooting outside an apartment building in Jacksonville, Fla.; a suspect, Tyrone Hartsfield, was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
One year ago: Campaigning his way toward the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama slapped a "Romney doesn’t care" label on his rival’s health-care views and said Republicans wanted to repeal new protections for millions without offering a plan of their own.
Today’s Birthdays: Dancer-actress Marge Champion is 94. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 65. Actor Keanu Reeves is 49. Actress Tiffany Hines is 36. Rock musician Spencer Smith (Panic! at the Disco) is 26.
Thought for Today: "Life is a tragic mystery. We are pierced and driven by laws we only half understand, we find that the lesson we learn again and again is that of accepting heroic helplessness." -- Florida Scott-Maxwell, American writer and psychologist (1884-1979).