Today is Saturday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2013. There are 115 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On September 7, 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.
On this date:
In 1892, James J. Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan to win the world heavyweight crown in New Orleans in a fight conducted under the Marquess of Queensberry rules.
In 1907, the British liner RMS Lusitania set out from Liverpool, England, on its maiden voyage, arriving six days later in New York.
In 1940, Nazi Germany began its eight-month blitz of Britain during World War II with the first air attack on London.
In 1964, the controversial "Daisy" commercial, an ad for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s election campaign featuring a girl plucking flower petals followed by a nuclear explosion, aired on NBC-TV.
In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington by President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos.
In 1986, Desmond Tutu was installed as the first black to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.
Ten years ago: In a speech to the nation on Iraq, President George W. Bush said he was asking Congress for $87 billion to fight terrorism and cautioned Americans that the struggle would "take time and require sacrifice."
Five years ago: Astroland, New York City’s world famous amusement park at Coney Island, closed after 46 years.
One year ago: The Labor Department reported that employers had added just 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 in July.
Today’s Birthdays: Jazz musician Sonny Rollins is 83. Actor Bruce Gray is 77. Singer Gloria Gaynor is 64. Pianist Michael Feinstein is 57. Actress Diane Farr is 44. Actor Oliver Hudson is 37. Actress Evan Rachel Wood is 26.
Thought for Today: "People do not live in the present always, at one with it. They live at all kinds of and manners of distance from it, as difficult to measure as the course of planets. Fears and traumas make their journeys slanted, peripheral, uneven, evasive." -- Anais Nin, American writer (1903-1977).