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Today in history: September 11

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

Today is Sunday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2005. There are 111 days left in the year. This is Patriot Day.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 11, 2001, in the worst single act of terrorism committed on U.S. soil, nearly 3,000 people died when two hijacked jetliners crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall, a commandeered jetliner smashed into the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania.

On this date:
In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.

In 1936, President Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam’s first hydroelectric generator in Nevada.

In 1944, President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in Canada at the second Quebec Conference.

In 1971, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.

In 1972, the troubled Munich Summer Olympics ended.

In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup.

In 1974, an Eastern Airlines DC9 crashed during a landing attempt in Charlotte, N.C., killing 71 of the people on board.

In 1985, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds cracked career hit number 4,192 off Eric Show of the San Diego Padres, eclipsing the record held by Ty Cobb.

In 1985, a U.S. satellite glided through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet in the first-ever on-the-spot sampling of a comet.

Ten years ago: The prosecution in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles reluctantly began its rebuttal case, as ordered by Judge Lance Ito, after the defense refused to rest.

Five years ago: A report released by the Federal Trade Commission said the movie, video game and music industries aggressively marketed to underage youths violent products that carried adult ratings, a finding rejected by entertainment producers.

One year ago: Parents and grandparents of those lost on Sept. 11 stood at the World Trade Center site and marked the third anniversary of the attacks. Specialist Armin Cruz became the first Military Intelligence soldier convicted in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal as he admitted abusing inmates and received a lighter sentence in return for his testimony against others. Svetlana Kuznetsova overwhelmed Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5 in the first all-Russian U.S. Open final. Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake” won the Golden Lion for best picture at the close of the Venice Film Festival. Lyricist Fred Ebb died in New York City; he was believed to be 76.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Betsy Drake is 82. Actor Earl Holliman is 77. Movie director Brian De Palma is 65. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 62. Singer-musician Leo Kottke is 60. Rock singer-musician Tommy Shaw (Styx) is 52. Actor Reed Birney is 51. Musician Jon Moss (Culture Club) is 48. Actor Scott Patterson is 47. Rock musician Mick Talbot (The Style Council) is 47. Actress Kristy McNichol is 43. Actress Virginia Madsen is 42. Actress Roxann Dawson is 41. Musician-composer Moby is 40. Financial reporter Maria Bartiromo is 38. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 38. Rock musician Bart Van Der Zeeluw is 37. Actress Laura Wright is 35. Rock musician Jeremy Popoff (Lit) is 34. Singer Brad Fischetti (LFO) is 30. Rapper Mr. Black is 28. Rock musician Jon Buckland (Coldplay) is 28. Rapper Ludacris is 28. Actor Ryan Slattery is 27. Actor Tyler Hoechlin is 18.

Thought for Today: “I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet and author (1772-1834).