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*1856Born this day in 1856, architect Louis Sullivan—identified with early skyscraper design and considered the spiritual father of modern American architecture—remade the image of the architect as a creative personality. 
1999Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially took over the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for. 
1994In Alaska, two teenagers were exiled by an American Indian Tribal panel. The teenagers were sent to an uninhabited island for one year for beating and robbing a pizza deliveryman.  
1994Russia and China announced that they would no longer be targeting nuclear missiles or using force against each other.  
1991A fire broke out in the Imperial Food Products Inc. chicken processing plant in Hamlet, NC. The fire killed 25 people.  
1989A Cubana de Aviacion jetliner crashed in Havana killing 126 people on the plane and 26 people on the ground.  
1989The U.S. began shipping military aircraft and weapons, worth $65 million, to Columbia in its fight against drug lords.  
1986Peat Marwick International and Klynveld Main Goerdeler of the Netherlands agreed to merge and form the world’s largest accounting firm.  
1984Bruce Sutter of the St. Louis Cardinals set a National League record by earning his 38th save of the season.  
1981David Brinkley left NBC News after 38 years to join with ABC.  
1976Viking 2's Mars landing. After a nearly yearlong journey, NASA's robotic spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars this day in 1976 and began relaying information about the planet's atmosphere and soil as well as color photographs of the rocky surface. 
1970Vince Lombardi died of cancer at the age of 57.  
1967In Sweden motorist stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side.  
1967Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.  
1967The TV game show "What's My Line?" broadcast its final episode. The show aired over 17 years on CBS.  
1966The television series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" ended after 14 years.  
1954"The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.  
1951"Search for Tomorrow" debuted on CBS-TV.  
1945Betty Hutton and Ted Briskin were married in Chicago's Drake Hotel.  
1943Italy was invaded by the Allied forces during World War II.  
1939British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.  
1935Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour. He reached 304.331 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.  
1895The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0.  
1894Labor Day was celebrated as a legal holiday in the United States for the first time. 
1838Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave.  
1833The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., "The New York Sun," was launched by Benjamin H. Day.  
1783The Treaty of Paris (part of the Peace of Paris) was signed between Britain and the United States, ending the American Revolutionary War. 
1658Oliver Cromwell died.  
1658English soldier and statesman Oliver Cromwell died in London. 
1609English navigator Henry Hudson, in a quest for a passage to India on behalf of the Dutch East India Company, sailed into the harbour of present-day New York City and up the river that now bears his name. 
1189England's King Richard I was crowned in Westminster.  
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Famous Birthdays
1965 - Charlie Sheen
1943 - Valerie Perrine
1935 - Eileen Brennan
1914 - Kitty Carlisle Hart
1913 - Alan Ladd

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