Today is Sunday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2011. There are 118 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 4, 1951, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.
On this date:
In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Governor Felipe de Neve.
In 1886, a group of Apache Indians led by Geronimo (also known as Goyathlay, "One Who Yawns") surrendered to Gen. Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
In 1888, George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film box camera, and registered his trademark: "Kodak."
In 1893, English author Beatrix Potter first told the story of Peter Rabbit in the form of a "picture letter" to Noel Moore, the son of Potter's former governess.
In 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces in France suffered their first fatalities during World War I when a German plane attacked a British-run base hospital.
In 1948, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated after nearly six decades of rule for health reasons.
In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus used Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock. Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel.
In 1969, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report calling birth control pills "safe," despite a slight risk of fatal blood-clotting disorders linked to the pills.
In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing all 111 people on board.
In 1984, Canada's Progressive Conservatives, led by Brian Mulroney (muhl-ROO'-nee), won a landslide victory in general elections over the Liberal Party of Prime Minister John N. Turner and the New Democrats headed by Ed Broadbent.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush opened the door to a future cut in the capital gains tax, but said he first wanted to see the effects of the previous spring's income tax cut. Texas Republican Phil Gramm announced he would leave the U.S. Senate at the end of his third term, following fellow conservatives Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond into retirement.
Five years ago: "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, 44, died after a stingray's barb pierced his chest. Two U.S. warplanes accidentally strafed allied forces in southern Afghanistan, killing one Canadian soldier. A gunman opened fire on tourists in Amman, Jordan, killing a British man (Nabeel Ahmed Issa al-Jaourah was later convicted and sentenced to death). The Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet, took off from Toulouse, France, with a full load of passengers for the first time.
One year ago: Protesters hurled shoes and eggs at Tony Blair in Dublin, Ireland, as he held the first public signing of his memoir as British prime minister amid high security. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Paul Conrad, 86, died in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 80. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 69. World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd is 69. Actress Jennifer Salt is 67. World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson is 62. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald LaPread is 61. Actress Judith Ivey is 60. Rock musician Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) is 60. Actress Khandi Alexander is 54. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 51. Rock musician Kim Thayil is 51. Actor Richard Speight Jr. is 42. Actor Noah Taylor is 42. Actress Ione Skye is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Richard Wingo (Jagged Edge) is 36. Actor Wes Bentley is 33. Singer Dan Miller ("Making the Band") is 31. Singer Beyonce (bee-AHN'-say) Knowles is 30. Actor Carter Jenkins is 20. Actor Trevor Gagnon is 16.
Thought for Today: "Anything you're good at contributes to happiness." _ Bertrand Russell, English mathematician-philosopher (1872-1970).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, Sept. 4)
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