Today in history
Today is Monday, September 6th, the 249th day of the year 2021. There are still 116 days in the year.
Today’s highlights of the story:
On September 6, 2006, President George W. Bush first admitted that the CIA had secret prisons overseas and said that tough interrogation had forced terrorist leaders to uncover conspiracies to attack the United States and its allies.
On this date:
In 1901 President William McKinley was shot and fatally wounded by the anarchist Leon Czolgosz (CHAWL’-gawsh) at the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York. (McKinley died eight days later; Czolgosz was executed on October 29.)
In 1909, American explorer Robert Peary sent a telegram from Indian Harbor, Labrador, stating that he had reached the North Pole five months earlier.
In 1943, 79 people were killed when a Pennsylvania Railroad train bound for New York derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.
The 1972 Summer Olympics resumed in Munich, one day after the fatal hostage-taking that killed 11 Israelis and five Arab kidnappers.
In 1975, 18-year-old tennis star Martina Navratilova from Czechoslovakia applied for political asylum in the United States in New York for the US Open.
In 1991 the Soviet Union recognized the independence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
In 1995, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record by scoring his two-thousand-131. Game played in a row.
In 1997, a public funeral for Princess Diana took place at Westminster Abbey in London, six days after her death in a car accident in Paris. Weeping crowds gathered in Calcutta, India to honor Mother Teresa, who had died the day before at the age of 87.
In 2002, Congress met outside of Washington, DC for the second time since 1800, and Congress met in New York to celebrate the victims and heroes of the 11th century.
In 2007 opera star Luciano Pavarotti died at the age of 71 in Modena, Italy.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, rocked Puerto Rico with heavy rain and strong winds; Authorities said more than 900,000 people were without electricity. (Hurricane Maria, which would destroy the island’s power grid, arrived two weeks later.)
In 2019, Zimbabwean President announced that Robert Mugabe, the country’s former head of state forced to resign after 37 years, had died at the age of 95; he took power after the rule of the white minority ended in 1980.
Ten years ago: A man with a rifle opened fire in an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nevada, killing three uniformed National Guardsmen and a woman over breakfast with her husband; The armed man Eduardo Sencion shot himself and died in the parking lot. Convoys of Moammar Gaddafi loyalists, including his security chief, fled Libya and crossed the Sahara to Niger.
Five years ago: While campaigning, Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump of insulting America’s veterans and enforcing dangerous military plans, while Trump declared “our country is going to hell” because he said Clinton was making politics worse.
A year ago: Rescuers in military helicopters brought 207 people to safety after being caught by explosive wildfire at a popular campsite in California’s Sierra National Forest. Temperatures reached 111 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and a record-breaking 121 degrees in nearby Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley, the highest temperature ever recorded in Los Angeles County. San Francisco set a record for the date with a high of 100 degrees, beating the previous mark by 5 degrees. Top seed Novak Djokovic was dropped from his fourth round game at the US Open after accidentally hitting a linesman with a tennis ball; he hit the ball behind after falling behind in the first set.
Birthdays Today: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 85. Country singer David Allan Coe is 82. Rock singer and musician Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 78. Actor Swoosie Kurtz is 77. Comedian actor Jane Curtin is 74. Rock musician Mick Mashbir is 73 country – Singer and songwriter Buddy Miller is 69. Actor James Martin Kelly is 67. Country musician Joe Smyth (Sawyer Brown) is 64. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 63. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow is 63. Rock musician Perry Bamonte is 61 ” Actor Steven Eckholdt is 60. Rock musician Scott Travis (Judas Priest) is 60. Pop musician Pal Waaktaar (a-ha) is 60. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is 59. Television journalist Elizabeth Vargas is 59. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 58. Actor Betsy Russell is 58. Actor Rosie Perez is 57. R&B singer Macy Gray is 54. Country songwriter Lee Thomas Miller (songs: “The Impossible” “You’re Gonna Miss This”) is 53rd singer CeCe Peniston is 52. Actor Daniele Gaither is 51. Actor Dylan Bruno is 49. Actor Idris Elba is 49. A actress Justina Machado is 49. Actress Anika Noni (ah-NEE’-cow NOH’-nee) Rose is 49. Rock singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 47. Actor Justin Whalin is 47. Actress Naomie Harris is 45. Rapper Noreaga is 44. Actress Natalia Cigliuti is 43. Rapper Foxy Brown is 43. Actor Howard Charles is 38. Actress / singer Deborah Joy Winans is 38. Actress Lauren Lapkus is 36. Rock singer Max George (The Wanted) is 33.
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