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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

A U.S. president shot, Britain's farewell to a princess ... on this date in history.

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Flowers surround a portrait of Princess Diana at a makeshift memorial outside of the British Consulate in New York City Sept. 1, 1997, the day after she was killed in a car crash in France. Diana's funeral on Sept. 6 was televised live around the world. UPI ep/Ezio Petersen
Flowers surround a portrait of Princess Diana at a makeshift memorial outside of the British Consulate in New York City Sept. 1, 1997, the day after she was killed in a car crash in France. Diana's funeral on Sept. 6 was televised live around the world. UPI ep/Ezio Petersen | License Photo

Today is Saturday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2014 with 116 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolutionary War, in 1757; pioneer social worker and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jane Addams in 1860; financier-diplomat Joseph P. Kennedy in 1888; theatrical producer Billy Rose in 1899; comedienne Jo Anne Worley in 1937 (age 77); singer-songwriter David Allen Coe in 1939 (age 75); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Rogers Waters (Pink Floyd) in 1943 (age 71); actors Swoosie Kurtz in 1944 (age 70) and Jane Curtin in 1947 (age 67); business executive Carly Fiorina in 1954 (age 60); comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Michael Winslow, both in 1958 (age 56); singer Macy Gray in 1967 (age 47); actors Rosie Perez in 1964 (age 50) and Justin Whalin in 1974 (age 40); rapper Foxy Brown in 1978 (age 36); and British socialite Pippa Middleton in 1983 (age 31).

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On this date in history:

In 1522, one of Ferdinand Magellan's five ships -- the Vittoria -- arrived at Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain, completing the first circumnavigation of the world.

In 1620, 149 Pilgrims set sail from England aboard the Mayflower, bound for the New World.

In 1901, U.S. President William McKinley was shot by an anarchist at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. (McKinley died eight days later.)

In 1909, word was received that U.S. Navy Adm. Robert Peary had reached the North Pole five months earlier, on April 6, 1909.

In 1966, South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, an architect of his nation's apartheid policies, was stabbed to death by a deranged messenger during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town.

In 1995, the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee unanimously recommended that Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., be expelled from the Senate on charges of sexual misconduct and influence peddling. (He resigned two days later.)

In 1995, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., played his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking the record set in 1939 by Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees.

In 1997, Britain bid an emotional farewell to Princess Diana -- killed in a car accident a week earlier -- in a funeral at London's Westminster Abbey that was broadcast worldwide.

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In 2003, an unemployed electrician was charged in the bombing of an open market in Omagh, Northern Ireland, that killed 29 people and injured 220.

In 2004, former U.S. President Bill Clinton underwent a 4-hour quadruple heart bypass operation at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

In 2007, Luciano Pavarotti, one of opera's foremost tenors, died of cancer at his home in Modena, Italy. He was 71.

In 2008, Asif Ali Zardari, husband of slain politician Benazir Bhutto, was elected president of Pakistan by a wide margin. Bhutto, a two-time prime minister who had returned from self-imposed exile a short time earlier, was assassinated two weeks before the 2007 presidential election in which she was a leading candidate.

In 2010, officials said they feared as many as 270 people died in two weekend riverboat accidents in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 2012, a jury in Joliet, Ill., found Drew Peterson, a former police sergeant, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. (Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison.)

In 2013, on the last day of a G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama called a recent chemical weapons attack in Syria a "challenge to the world." U.S. officials said they believed Syrian government forces used the poisonous gas. Russian President Vladimir Putin, also at the summit, said Syrian rebels were responsible.

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A thought for the day: "We are bound together by the most powerful of all ties -- our fervent love for freedom and independence, which knows no homeland but the human heart." -- Gerald R. Ford.

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