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9/2/2014
Famous Birthdays
Reference:
 Encyclopaedia Britannica

*1952American tennis star Jimmy Connors, born this day in 1952, captured the U.S. Open title five times and in 1974 won three grand slam events (U.S., Australian, and Wimbledon) but was barred from competing in the French Open. 
*1928American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Horace Silver was born. 
1998229 people were killed when a Swissair jetliner crashed into the Atlantic near Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. The pilot had reported smoke in the cockpit a few minutes before the crash. 
1998In Canada, pilots for Canada's largest airline launch their first strike in Air Canada's history.  
1996Muslim rebels and the Philippine government signed a pact formally ending 26-years of insurgency that had killed more than 120,000 people.  
1992The U.S. and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station.  
1991The U.S. formally recognized the independence of Lithuania, Lativa and Estonia.  
1986Cathy Evelyn Smith was sentenced to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the overdose death of John Belushi.  
1985It was announced that the Titanic had been found on September 1 by a U.S. and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years.  
1973Billy Martin was fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitchers to throw spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters.  
1969Ho Chi Minh died. He was the president of North Vietnam.  
1969NBC-TV canceled "Star Trek." The show had debuted on September 8, 1966.  
1963"The CBS Evening News" was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.  
1963The integration of Tuskegee High School was prevented by state troopers assigned by Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Wallace had the building surrounded by state troopers.  
1962Ken Hubbs, of the Chicago Cubs, set a major-league baseball fielding record when he played errorless for his 74th consecutive game.  
1961The U.S.S.R. resumed nuclear weapons testing. Test ban treaty negotiations had failed with the U.S. and Britain when the three nations could not agree upon the nature and frequency of on-site inspections.  
1945World War II came to an end as Japanese Foreign Minister Shigemitsu Mamoru and General Umezu Yoshijiro signed Japan's formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri. The war ended six years and one day after it began.  
1945Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam independent from France. 
1938The first railroad car to be equipped with fluorescent lighting was put into operation on the New York Central railroad.  
1935A hurricane hit the Florida Keys killing 423 people.  
1930The "Question Mark" made the first non-stop flight from Europe to the U.S. The plane was flown by Captain Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte.  
1901Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice President, said "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.  
1898Anglo-Egyptian forces under Major General Sir Horatio Herbert Kitchener (later Lord Kitchener) defeated the Sudanese forces of the Mahdist leader 'Abd Allah in the Battle of Omdurman. 
1897The first issue of "McCall’s" magazine was published. The magazine had been known previously as "Queens Magazine" and "Queen of Fashion."  
1864During the U.S. Civil War Union forces led by Gen. William T. Sherman occupied Atlanta following the retreat of the Confederates.  
1792The September Massacres—mass killings of prisoners in Paris—began. The massacres were instigated by beliefs that political prisoners during the French Revolution were going to rise up in their jails to join a counterrevolutionary plot. 
1789The U.S. Treasury Department was established.  
1775Hannah, the first American war vessel was commissioned by General George Washington.  
1666Great Fire of London. On this day in 1666 the Great Fire of London began accidentally in the house of the king's baker; it burned for four days and destroyed a large part of the city, including Old St. Paul's Cathedral and about 13,000 houses. 
490Phidippides of Athens was sent to seek help against the invading Persian Army. The runner was the inspiration for the 26-mile marathon of the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.  
-31The Roman leader Octavian defeated The alliance of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian, as Augustus Caesar, became The first Roman emperor. 
Asterisks (*) denotes birthday

Famous Birthdays
1977 - Sam RiversRock Musician (Limp Bizkit)
1976 - Erin HersheyActress (General Hospital , Port Charles)
1966 - Selma HayekActress (Dogma & Desperado)
1965 - Lennox LewisFormer Heavyweight Boxing Champion
1964 - Keanu ReevesActor (Point Break, Matrix, Bill & Ted)
1960 - Eric DickersonFootbal Hall of Famer
1955 - Linda PurlActress (Matlock)
1952 - Jimmy ConnorsTennis Hall of Famer
1951 - Mark HarmonActor (NCIS, Freaky Friday)
1948 - Nate ArchibaldBasketball Hall of Famer
1948 - Terry BradshawFootbal Hall of Famer
1948 - Sharon Christa McAuliffeTeacher / Spacefilght Participant
1943 - Rosiland AshfordRythm-and-Blues Singer (Martha & the Vandellas)

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