Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, September  03, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Sept. 3, 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.
Audio LinkBritish Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
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On this date in:
1189England's King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster.
1658Oliver Cromwell, England's lord protector, died.
1783The Treaty of Paris officially ended America's Revolutionary War.
1929The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 381.17, it's pre-crash high.
1962Poet E.E. Cummings died in North Conway, N.H., at age 67.
1970Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi died at age 57.
1976The unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.
1978Pope John Paul I was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
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2004A three-day hostage siege at a school in Beslan, Russia, ended in bloody chaos after Chechen militants set off bombs and Russian commandos stormed the building; more than 330 people were killed, most of them children.
2005President George W. Bush ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
2005Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died at age 80.
2006Tennis player Andre Agassi announced his retirement.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Olympic snowboarder Shaun White turns 29 years old today.
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Mort WalkerCartoonist ("Beetle Bailey")92
Pauline CollinsActress ("Upstairs, Downstairs")75
Valerie PerrineActress72
Steve JonesRock guitarist (The Sex Pistols)60
Steve SchirripaActor ("The Sopranos")58
Charlie SheenActor ("Two and a Half Men")50
Rock singer-musician Al Jardine (The Beach Boys) turns 73 years old today.
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