Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2009. There are 121 days left in the year.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

On Sept. 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

ON THIS DATE

In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not guilty of treason.

In 1894, the Great Hinckley Fire destroyed Hinckley, Minn., and five other communities, and killed more than 400 people.

In 1905, Alberta and Saskatchewan entered Confederation as the eighth and ninth provinces of Canada.

In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by an earthquake that claimed about 140,000 lives.

In 1969, a coup in Libya brought Moammar Gadhafi to power.

In 1972, American Bobby Fischer won the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland, as Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union quit before the resumption of game 21.

In 1983, 269 people were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner had entered Soviet airspace.

In 1999, 22 of baseball’s 68 permanent umpires found themselves jobless, the fallout from their union’s failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract

In 2004, more than 1,000 people were taken hostage by Chechen militants at a school in Beslan, Russia; more than 330, mostly children, were eventually killed in the three-day ordeal.

In 2008, Sen. John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, revealed that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was pregnant. Jerry Lewis raised a record $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in his annual Labor Day telethon.

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