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Today in history: September 6

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

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2005. There are 116 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 6, 1901, President 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 Theodore Roosevelt.

On this date:
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, South Africa declared war on Germany.

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

In 1948, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was coronated.

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 1985, all 31 people aboard a Midwest Express Airlines DC-9 were killed when the Atlanta-bound jetliner crashed just after takeoff from Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field.

In 1997, 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.

Ten years ago: Hurricane Luis moved away from the Caribbean after lashing resort islands. Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination as he was called back to the witness stand at the O.J. Simpson trial. The Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously to recommend expulsion of Senator Bob Packwood, accused of sexual and official misconduct. Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record by playing his 2,131st consecutive game.

Five years ago: The Millennium Summit, the largest gathering of world leaders in history, convened at the United Nations. Thousands of pro-Indonesian militiamen and supporters stormed a UN office in West Timor, killing three foreign staffers, including an American. Michael Swango, a former doctor suspected in a string of poisoning deaths, pleaded guilty to killing three patients in a Long Island, N.Y., hospital, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

One year ago: Former President Clinton underwent successful heart bypass surgery during a four-hour procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. In Iraq, seven members of the First Marine Division from Camp Pendleton, Calif., and three U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers were killed by a car bomb near Fallujah. Former hurricane Frances pounded the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm.

Today’s Birthdays: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 68. Country singer David Allen Coe is 66. Country singer Mel McDaniel is 63. Rock singer-musician Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 62. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 61. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 58. Rhythm-and-blues musician Claydes Smith (Kool & The Gang) is 57. Country singer-songwriter Buddy Miller is 53. Country musician Joe Smyth (Sawyer Brown) is 48. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 47. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow is 45. Rock musician Perry Bamonte is 45. Actor Steven Eckholdt is 44. Pop musician Pal Waaktaar (a-ha) is 44. Rock musician Kevin Miller is 43. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 42. Actress Rosie Perez is 41. Singer CeCe Peniston is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Darryl Anthony (Az Yet) is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Macy Gray is 35. Rock singer Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) is 34. Actor Justin Whalin is 31. Rock singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 31. Rapper Foxy Brown is 26.

Thought for Today: “We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.” — Iris Murdoch, Anglo-Irish author and philosopher (1919-1999).