Today In History
Today is Monday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2018. There are 119 days left in the year. This is Labor Day.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On 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.” The same day, a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the British liner SS Athenia some 250 miles off the Irish coast, killing more than 100 out of the 1,400 or so people on board.
On this date:
In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson and his crew aboard the Half Moon entered present-day New York Harbor and began sailing up the river that now bears his name. (They reached present-day Albany before turning back.)
In 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.
In 1943, Allied forces invaded Italy during World War II, the same day Italian officials signed a secret armistice with the Allies.
In 1951, the television soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” made its debut on CBS.
In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu (nwen van too) was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.
In 1970, legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, 57, died in Washington, D.C.
In 1976, America’s Viking 2 lander touched down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the red planet’s surface.
In 1978, Pope John Paul I was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1989, a Cubana de Aviacion jetliner crashed after takeoff in Havana, killing all 126 aboard and 45 people on the ground.
In 1995, the online auction site eBay was founded in San Jose, California, by Pierre Omidyar under the name “AuctionWeb.”
In 1999, a French judge closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist, and concluding the accident was caused by an inebriated driver.
In 2003, Paul Hill, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed in Florida by injection, becoming the first person put to death in the United States for anti-abortion violence.
Ten years ago: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s choice of running mate, roused delegates at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., as she belittled Democrat Barack Obama and praised the GOP nominee. Thousands of New Orleans residents who had fled Hurricane Gustav forced the city to reluctantly open its doors, while President George W. Bush returned to the scene to show that the government had turned a corner since its bungled response to Katrina. Baseball’s first use of instant replay backed an onfield call of a home run for Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning of a New York Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (The Yankees won the game, 8-4.)
Five years ago: Ariel Castro, who’d held three women captive in his Cleveland home for nearly a decade before one escaped and alerted authorities, was found hanged in his prison cell, a suicide. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang for his second visit to North Korea.
One year ago: North Korea carried out its sixth and strongest nuclear test, detonating what it said was a hydrogen bomb. Walter Becker, co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, died at the age of 67.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Pauline Collins is 78. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine is 76. Actress Valerie Perrine is 75. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 70. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 63. Actor Steve Schirripa is 61. Actor Holt McCallany is 54. Rock singer-musician Todd Lewis is 53. Actor Costas Mandylor is 53. Actor Charlie Sheen is 53. Singer Jennifer Paige is 45. Dance-rock musician Redfoo is 43.
Actress Ashley Jones is 42. Actress Nichole Hiltz is 40. Actor Joel Johnstone is 40. Actor Nick Wechsler is 40. Rock musician Tomo Milicevic (30 Seconds to Mars) is 39. Bluegrass musician Darren Nicholson (Balsam Range) is 35. Actress Christine Woods is 35. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 34. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White is 32. Hip-hop singer August Alsina is 26.
Thought for Today: “It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.” — Gertrude Stein, American author (1874-1946).
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.