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By United Press International  |  Sept. 5, 2010 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Sunday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2010 with 117 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Mercury, Venus and Mars.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include French King Louis XIV in 1638; outlaw Jesse James in 1847; distiller Jack Daniel in 1850; baseb all Hall of Fame member Napoleon Lajoie in 1874; marketing research engineer A.C. Nielsen in 1897; movie producer Darryl F. Zanuck in 1902; Hungarian-born author Arthur Koestler in 1905; retired Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker in 1927 (age 83); comedian Bob Newhart in 1929 (age 81); singer/actor Carol Lawrence in 1932 (age 78); film director Werner Herzog in 1942 (age 68); singer/songwriters Al Stewart in 1945 (age 65) and Loudon Wainwright III in 1946 (age 64); rock singer Freddy Mercury in 1946; cartoonist Cathy Guisewite in 1950 (age 60); actors William Devane in 1937 (age 73), George Lazenby in 1939 (age 71); Raquel Welch in 1940 (age 70), Dennis Dugan in 1946 (age 64) and Michael Keaton in 1951 (age 59); and rock musician Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, in 1969 (age 41).

On this date in history:

In 1774, the first Continental Congress convened in secret in Philadelphia.

In 1882, 10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade in New York City.

In 1877, Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse was fatally bayoneted by a U.S. soldier after resisting confinement in a guard house at Fort Robinson, Neb. A year earlier, Crazy Horse was among the Sioux leaders who defeated George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory.

In 1935, singing cowboy Gene Autry starred in his first Western feature "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."

In 1972, Palestinian terrorists invaded the Olympic Village outside Munich, West Germany, and killed 11 Israeli athletes and six other people.

In 1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, failed in an attempt to shoot U.S. President Gerald Ford.

In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and U.S. President Jimmy Carter began a Middle East peace conference at Camp David, Md.

In 1991, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega went on trial in Miami on money laundering and drug-trafficking charges. He was eventually convicted.

Also in 1991, six BCCI officials and a Medellin drug cartel leader were charged with laundering cocaine profits through the bank from 1983-89.

In 1995, France conducted an underground nuclear test at the Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific. It was the first of several -- all of which were met by protests worldwide.

In 1996, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef and two others were convicted in New York of planning to blow up jetliners.

In 1997, at least 172 people were slain in Algeria in three incidents believed linked to the country's upcoming election and to the long, though sporadically fought civil war.

Also in 1997, Mother Teresa died at age 87.

And further in 1997, in an unusual television speech, Britain's Queen Elizabeth acknowledged the public expression of grief over Princess Diana's death and expressed her own admiration for her former daughter-in-law.

In 2001, Mexican President Vicente Fox traveled to Washington to ask the Bush administration for a U.S. agreement to legalize the status of millions of Mexicans who entered the United States illegally.

In 2002, an attempted assassination of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai failed when a gunman missed him after opening fire on his car.

In 2003, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, speaking in Iraq, said "impressions" of mounting Iraqi violence were being created by negative news media coverage.

In 2004, two weeks after Hurricane Charley hit Florida, Hurricane Frances barged in north of Palm Beach and cut across the state to the northwest before going into the Gulf of Mexico. The reported death toll was more than 30 and Florida damage from the two storms was placed at more than $10 billion.

In 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush announced he would nominate U.S. Circuit Judge John Roberts to succeed William Rehnquist as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Also in 2005, an Indonesian Boeing 737-200 plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the suburbs of the Sumatran city of Medan killing at least 147 people, including 30 on the ground. Six people in the rear of the plane escaped with minor injuries.

In 2006, conservative candidate Felipe Calderon was declared winner of the Mexican presidency by a razor-thin margin.

Also in 2006, Katie Couric, long-time co-host of the NBC Today Show, became the first solo female anchor on a major U.S. television network when she took over the "CBS Evening News."

In 2007, wealthy, record-setting U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett, 63, vanished on a short flight in western Nevada. He was declared dead 5 months later. Among his many records in the skies and on the water, he was the first person to fly around the world solo in a balloon and first to fly around the globe solo without refueling.

Also in 2007, German security forces arrested three Islamic men reportedly in the act of mixing chemicals for bombing Frankfurt airport and a U.S. military base.

In 2008, the U.S. unemployment rate climbed to 6.1 percent in August, highest point in five years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Some 84,000 people lost jobs in August.

Also in 2008, Tropical Storm Hanna struck the Haitian port city of Gonalves, killing at least 500 people, authorities say.

And, in Angola's first elections in 16 years, the governing Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola won about 82 percent of the legislative vote.

In 2009, Authorities say they discovered illegal marijuana farming in 61 U.S. national forests across 16 states this year.

Also in 2009, at least 15 people died when a tourist boat sank in southwest Macedonia's Lake Ohrid, with about 60 others rescued. Overloading was seen as a possible cause.

A thought for the day: Norman Douglas said, "You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements."

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