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Today in history: September 8

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

Today is Thursday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2005. There are 114 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 8, 1930, the comic strip “Blondie,” created by Chic Young, was first published. Also on this day, Scotch cellophane tape made its debut as a sample of the tape, invented by Richard Drew of 3M, was shipped to a Chicago firm which specialized in wrapping bakery goods in cellophane.

On this date:
In 1664, the Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.

In 1900, Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.

In 1921, Margaret Gorman of Washington D.C. was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J.

In 1934, 134 people lost their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast.

In 1935, Senator Huey P. Long, “The Kingfish” of Louisiana politics, was shot and mortally wounded; he died two days later.

In 1945, Bess Myerson of New York was crowned “Miss America” in Atlantic City, New Jersey, becoming the first Jewish contestant to win the title.

In 1951, a peace treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco.

In 1974, President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Nixon.

In 1975, Boston’s public schools began their court-ordered citywide busing program amid scattered incidents of violence.

In 1994, a U.S. Air Boeing 737 crashed into a ravine as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people on board.

Ten years ago: Bosnia’s warring sides reached a compromise in Geneva, agreeing to divide the nation into two states: one for the rebel Serbs and another for the Muslims and Croats.

Five years ago: World leaders ended the United Nations Millennium Summit with a pledge to solve humankind’s problems, including poverty, war, AIDS, pollution and human rights abuses. The head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs apologized for the federal agency’s “legacy of racism and inhumanity” that included massacres, forced relocations of tribes and attempts to wipe out Indian cultures.

One year ago: CBS’ “60 Minutes Wednesday” aired a report questioning President Bush’s National Guard service; however, CBS News ended up apologizing for a “mistake in judgment” after memos featured in the report were challenged as forgeries. The Genesis space capsule, which had orbited the sun for three years, crashed to Earth when its parachutes failed to deploy. Richard G. Butler, founder of the Aryan Nations, was found dead in his bed in Hayden, Idaho; he was 86.

Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Sid Caesar is 83. Ventriloquist Willie Tyler is 65. Actor Alan Feinstein is 64. Author Ann Beattie is 58. Musician Will Lee (“Late Show with David Letterman”) is 53. Actress Heather Thomas is 48. Pop musician David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals) is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gordon (Levert) is 41. Actor Martin Freeman is 34. Actor Henry Thomas is 34. Actor David Arquette is 34. Actor Larenz Tate is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Pink is 26. Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 24.

Thought for Today: “Censorship is the height of vanity.” — Martha Graham, American modern dance pioneer (1893-1991).