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Today in History — September 13

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2007. There are 109 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 13, 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the temporary national capital.

On this date:
In 1759, during the final French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City.

In 1803, Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia.

In 1851, American medical pioneer Walter Reed was born in Gloucester County, Va.

In 1857, Milton S. Hershey, founder of the candy empire that bears his name, was born in Dauphin County, Pa.

In 1907, the RMS Lusitania arrived in New York, completing its maiden voyage from England.

In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.

In 1971, a four-day inmates’ rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed 43 lives.

In 1977, conductor Leopold Stokowski died in Hampshire, England, at age 95.

In 1989, Fay Vincent was named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti.

In 1993, at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

Ten years ago: Funeral services were held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.

Five years ago: President Bush said it was “highly doubtful” that Saddam Hussein would comply with demands that he disarm and avoid a confrontation with the world community. And he mocked Democrats and other lawmakers who wanted U.N. action before a congressional vote on confronting Saddam.

One year ago: Gunman Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire in a cafeteria at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada, slaying one student and wounding 19 before killing himself. Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, the witty and flamboyant Democrat who went from homemaker to national political celebrity, died in Austin, Texas, at age 73.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Eileen Fulton (“As the World Turns”) is 74. TV producer Fred Silverman is 70. Former White House spokesman Larry Speakes is 68. Actor Richard Kiel is 68. Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) is 66. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 63. Singer Peter Cetera is 63. Singer Randy Jones (The Village People) is 55. Record producer Don Was is 55. Actress-comedian Geri Jewell is 51. Country singer Bobbie Cryner is 46. Rock singer-musician Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) is 46. Radio-TV personality Tavis Smiley is 43. Rock musician Zak Starkey is 42. Actor Louis Mandylor is 41. Olympic gold medal runner Michael Johnson is 40. Rock musician Steve Perkins is 40. Actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry is 38. Actress Louise Lombard (“CSI”) is 37. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic is 36. Country singer Aaron Benward (Blue County) is 34. Country musician Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flats) is 32. Actor Scott Vickaryous is 32. Singer Fiona Apple is 30. Contemporary Christian musician Hector Cervantes (Casting Crowns) is 27. Actor Ben Savage is 27. Actor Mitch Holleman (“Reba”) is 12.

Thought for Today: “We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” — Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist (1875-1961).