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On September eighth, 1900,
Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that
killed about 6,000 people.
On this date:
In 1664, the Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to
the British, who renamed it New York.
In 1920, New
York-to-San Francisco air mail service was
In 1930, the comic
strip "Blondie" first appeared.
In 1935, Senator
Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish" of
Louisiana politics, was shot and mortally
wounded; he died two days later.
In 1939, President
Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a "limited
national emergency" in response to the
outbreak of war in Europe.
In 1951, a peace
treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations
in San Francisco.
In 1960, NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.,
was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The Center is named for General George C.
Marshall, Army Chief of Staff during World War
II, and a Nobel Prize winner for his post-World
War II "Marshall Plan."
In 1974, President
Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former
In 1975, Boston's
public schools began their court-ordered citywide
busing program amid scattered incidents of
In 1994, a US-Air
Boeing 737 crashed into a ravine as it was
approaching Pittsburgh International Airport,
killing all 132 people on board.
In 1998, Mark
McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals broke major
league baseball's record for home runs in a
single season, hitting number 62 off Chicago Cubs
pitcher Steve Trachsel and eclipsing the
37-year-old record held by Roger Maris.
Ten years ago:
President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev arrived in Helsinki, Finland, for a
one-day summit sparked by the Persian Gulf
crisis. Gabriela Sabatini won the US Open women's
championship and her first grand slam title as
she defeated Steffi Graf. Marjorie Judith Vincent
of Illinois was crowned Miss America.
Five 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.
One year ago:
Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley officially
kicked off his campaign for the Democratic
presidential nomination with a rally in his
hometown of Crystal City, Missouri. Economist
Herbert Stein, who served as chairman of the
Council of Economic Advisers in the Nixon
administration, died in Washington DC at age 83.
T.H. Huxley, English biologist and author