updated 9/6/2007 12:01:50 AM ET 2007-09-06T04:01:50

Today is Thursday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2007. There are 116 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. McKinley died eight days later; he was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. (Czolgosz was executed less than two months later.)

On this date:
In 1757, 250 years ago, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, was born in Auvergne, France.

In 1837, the Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio went co-educational.

In 1909, American explorer Robert Peary sent word that he had reached the North Pole five months earlier.

In 1939, the Union of South Africa declared war on Germany.

In 1941, Jews over the age of 6 in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear yellow Stars of David.

In 1948, former Princess Juliana of the Netherlands was inaugurated as queen, two days after the abdication of her mother, Queen Wilhelmina.

In 1952, Canadian television broadcasting began in Montreal.

In 1966, South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was stabbed to death by a deranged page during a parliamentary session in Cape Town.

In 1970, Palestinian guerrillas seized control of three jetliners which were later blown up on the ground in Jordan after the passengers and crews were evacuated.

In 1987, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore succeeded in separating 7-month-old Benjamin and Patrick Binder, twin brothers from Ulm, West Germany, who had been joined at the head, after 22 hours of surgery.

Ten years ago: Britain bade farewell to Princess Diana with a funeral service at Westminster Abbey. Weeping masses gathered in Calcutta, India, to pay homage to Mother Teresa, who had died the day before at age 87.

Five years ago: Meeting outside Washington, D.C. for only the second time since 1800, Congress convened in New York to pay homage to the victims and heroes of 9-11.

One year ago: President George W. Bush acknowledged previously secret CIA prisons around the world and said 14 high-value terrorism suspects had been transferred from the system to Guantanamo Bay for trials. Japan’s Princess Kiko gave birth to a boy, providing the centuries-old Chrysanthemum Throne with its first male heir in more than 40 years. Anibal Sanchez threw a no-hitter in his 13th career start as the Florida Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0.

Today’s Birthdays: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 70. Country singer David Allan Coe is 68. Country singer Mel McDaniel is 65. Rock singer-musician Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 64. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 63. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 60. Country singer-songwriter Buddy Miller is 55. Country musician Joe Smyth (Sawyer Brown) is 50. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 49. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow is 49. Rock musician Perry Bamonte is 47. Actor Steven Eckholdt is 46. Pop musician Pal Waaktaar (a-ha) is 46. Rock musician Kevin Miller is 45. ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas is 45. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 44. Actress Rosie Perez is 43. Singer CeCe Peniston is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Darryl Anthony (Az Yet) is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Macy Gray is 37. Rock singer Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) is 36. Rock singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 33. Actor Justin Whalin is 33. Actress Naomie Harris is 31. Rapper Noreaga is 30. Rapper Foxy Brown is 28.

Thought for Today: “That’s all a man can hope for during his lifetime — to set an example — and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.” — William McKinley Jr., 25th president of the United States (1843-1901).

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