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Today in History

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 4, the 248th day of 2012. There are 118 days left in the year.
Today's highlight:
On Sept. 4, 1962, The Beatles, with their new drummer, Ringo Starr, recorded "Love Me Do" at EMI Studios in London. (The more familiar version with substitute drummer Andy White and Starr playing the tambourine was recorded a week later.)
On this date:
In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Gov. Felipe de Neve.
In 1886, a group of Apache Indians led by Geronimo surrendered to Gen. Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
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 1951, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.
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 2002, President George W. Bush promised to seek Congress' approval for "whatever is necessary" to oust Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
Associated Press

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