updated 9/19/2005 12:00:57 AM ET 2005-09-19T04:00:57

Today is Monday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2005. There are 103 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 19, 1777, during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga.

On this date:
In 1796, President Washington’s farewell address was published.

In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin.

In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr.

In 1945, Nazi propagandist William Joyce, known as “Lord Haw-Haw,” was sentenced to death by a British court.

In 1955, President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy.

In 1957, the United States conducted its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.

In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev reacted angrily during a visit to Los Angeles upon being told that, for security reasons, he wouldn’t be allowed to visit Disneyland.

In 1960, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, angrily checked out of the Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management.

In 1970, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted on CBS TV.

In 1985, the Mexico City area was struck by the first of two devastating quakes that claimed some 6,000 lives.

Ten years ago: The New York Times and The Washington Post published the Unabomber’s manifesto. The Senate passed a welfare overhaul bill. The U.S. ambassador and the commander of American forces in Japan apologized for the rape of an Okinawan schoolgirl committed by three U.S. servicemen.

Five years ago: The Senate approved permanent normal trade status for China. The Romanian women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; Russia won the silver, China took the bronze, and the U.S. placed fourth.

One year ago: Hu Jintao became the undisputed leader of China with the departure of former President Jiang Zemin from his top military post. Militants decapitated three hostages believed to be Iraqi Kurds in a videotape that surfaced hours after Iraq’s prime minister said that January elections would be held on schedule. The United States suffered its biggest Ryder Cup loss in 77 years as it lost to the Europeans, 18½ to 9½. “The Sopranos” won best drama series at the Emmy Awards while “Arrested Development” won best comedy series.

Today’s Birthdays: Author Roger Angell is 85. Rhythm-and-blues musician Billy Ward is 84. Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown is 78. Actress Rosemary Harris is 75. Actor Adam West is 75. Actor David McCallum is 72. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams is 65. Singer Bill Medley is 65. Singer Sylvia Tyson (Ian and Sylvia) is 65. Golfer Jane Blalock is 60. Singer David Bromberg is 60. Actor Randolph Mantooth is 60. Singer Freda Payne is 60. Rock singer-musician Lol Creme (10cc) is 58. Actor Jeremy Irons is 57. Actress Twiggy Lawson is 56. TV personality Joan Lunden is 55. Singer-producer Daniel Lanois is 54. Actor Scott Colomby is 53. Musician-producer Nile Rodgers is 53. Singer-actor Rex Smith is 50. Actor Kevin Hooks is 47. Actress Carolyn McCormick is 46. Country singer Jeff Bates is 42. Country singer Trisha Yearwood is 41. Actress-comedian Cheri Oteri is 40. News anchor Soledad O’Brien is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Espraronza Griffin is 36. Actress Sanaa Lathan is 34. Rock singer A. Jay Popoff (Lit) is 32. Comedian Jimmy Fallon is 31. TV personality Carter Oosterhouse is 29. Rock musician Ryan Dusick (Maroon 5) is 28. Rapper Eamon is 22. Actor Kevin Zegers is 21.

Thought for Today: “If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul.” — Logan Pearsall Smith, Anglo-American author (1865-1946).

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