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On September fifth, 1997, Mother
died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.
On this date:
In 1774, the first Continental Congress assembled
In 1836, Sam
Houston was elected president of the Republic of
In 1882, the
nation's first Labor Day parade was held in New
In 1905, the
Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese
War, was signed in New Hampshire.
In 1914, the First
Battle of the Marne began during World War One.
In 1939, the
United States proclaimed its neutrality in World
In 1957, "On
the Road," by "beat" author Jack
Kerouac, was first published.
In 1972, Arab
guerrillas attacked the Israeli delegation at the
Munich Olympic games; eleven Israelis, five
guerrillas and a police officer were killed in
In 1975, President
Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette
"Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles
Manson, in Sacramento, California.
In 1997, conductor
Sir Georg Solti died in France at age 84.
Ten years ago:
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein urged Arabs to
rise up in a Holy War against the West and former
allies who had turned against him. In Moscow,
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with
Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz.
Five years ago:
France ended its three-year moratorium on nuclear
tests, setting off an underground blast on a
South Pacific atoll. O.J. Simpson jurors heard
testimony that police detective Mark Fuhrman had
uttered a racist slur, and advocated the killing
One year ago:
Hundreds of Islamic insurgents launched a new
offensive in southern Russia, hours after a bomb
smashed a building housing Russian military
families; the blast was the first of four
apartment building explosions blamed by Russian
officials on Chechen rebels that killed a total
of about 300 people. The Houston Comets won their
third straight WNBA championship, beating the New
York Liberty, 59-to-47. "Candid Camera"
creator Allen Funt died in Pebble Beach,
California, at age 84.
"Ideas are one
thing, and what happens is another."
John Cage, American composer and author