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Today in history Today is Thursday, September 2, the 245th day of 2021. There are 120 days left in…

Today in history

Today is Thursday, September 2, the 245th day of 2021. There are 120 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On September 2, 1969, in what some consider the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, transmitted test data through a 15-foot cable.

On this date:

In 1666 the great fire in London broke out.

In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was established.

In 1864, during the Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman’s forces occupied Atlanta.

In 1944, during World War II, Marine pilot Lt. (jg) George Herbert Walker Bush shot down by Japanese forces as he carried out a bombing raid on the Bonin Islands. (Bush was rescued by the crew of the USS Finback submarine; however, his two crew members died.)

In 1945, Japan formally surrendered at ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, where World War II ended.

In 1960, Wilma Rudolph of the United States won the first of her three gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Rome when she finished the 100-meter dash in 11 seconds.

In 1963, Alabama Governor George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by surrounding the building with state troops. “CBS Evening News” with Walter Cronkite was extended from 15 to 30 minutes and became network TV’s first half-hour nightly news broadcast.

In 1998, a Swissair MD-11 jet crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people on board.

In 2005, a National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina.

In 2008, Republicans attacked Barack Obama as the most liberal, least experienced White House nominee in history at their rally in St. Louis. Paul, Minnesota, and enthusiastically hailed their own husband, John McCain, as ready to lead the nation.

In 2018, Senator John McCain was laid to rest on a grassy hill at the US Naval Academy after a horse-drawn box carrying the senator’s coffin led a procession of mourners from the academy’s chapel to the cemetery.

In 2019, a fire swept a boat with recreational divers moored near an island off the coast of Southern California; the captain and four other crew members were able to escape the flames, but 34 people trapped underneath died.

Ten years ago: In a dramatic turn, President Barack Obama scrubbed a proposed clean air regulation aimed at reducing smog, causing bitterly protesting companies and congressional Republicans who complained about the rule to kill jobs in America’s ailing economy.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama traveled to China on his last official trip to Asia. Tropical Storm Hermione hit Florida as a Category 1 hurricane, drying up buildings on the beach and knocking down trees on homes. Samsung Electronics recalled all its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after finding batteries in some of the flagship gadgets exploded or broke into flames.

A year ago: Daniel Prude’s family released a video and records showing Prude died of suffocation after a group of police officers in Rochester, New York, put a hood over their heads and pressed his face into the sidewalk for two minutes . (Prude, a black man, died after being taken off life support in March, seven days after meeting with police.) The German government said Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with the same type of Soviet-era nerve agent as British authorities identified in a 2018 attack on a former Russian spy; experts say the results strongly pointed to Russian state involvement in the poisoning of Navalny, who was recovering in a German hospital.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Senator Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo., Is 90. Former U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth is 84. Singer Jimmy Clanton is 83. R&B singer Sam Gooden (The Impressions) is 82. R & B singer Rosalind Ashford (Martha & the Vandellas) is 78. Singer Joe Simon is 78. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 73. Basketball Hall of Famer Nate Archibald is 73. Actor Mark Harmon is 70. Former Senator Jim DeMint, RS .C., Is 70. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors is 69. Actor Linda Purl is 66. Rock musician Jerry Augustyniak (10,000 Maniacs) is 63. Country musician Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) is 62. Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is 61. Actress Keanu Reeves is 57. International Boxing Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis is 56. Actress Salma Hayek is 55. Actress Tuc Watkins is 55. Actress Kristen Cloke is 53. Actress Cynthia Watros is 53. R&B singer K-Ci is 52. Actor-comedian Katt Williams e r 48. Actor Nicholas Pinnock is 48. Actor Michael Lombardi is 47. Actor Tiffany Hines is 44. Rock musician Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) is 44. Actor Jonathan Kite is 42. Actor Joshua Henry is 42. Actor Allison Miller is 36. Rock musician Spencer Smith is 34. Electronic music DJ / producer Zedd is 32.

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