UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

On Sept. 7, 1977, President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos signed a treaty to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama.
By United Press International  |  Sept. 7, 2017 at 3:00 AM
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 7, the 250th of 2017 with 115 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Venus and Mars. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include England's Queen Elizabeth I in 1533; American painter Anna "Grandma" Moses in 1860; financier J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. in 1867; football Hall of Fame member Paul Brown in 1908; film director Elia Kazan in 1909; U.S. golfer and co-founder of LPGA Louise Suggs in 1923; U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, in 1924; fashion designer Laura Ashley in 1925; paranormal investigator Ed Warren (inspiration for Amityville Horror) in 1926; jazz saxophonist Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins in 1930 (age 87); philanthropist John Paul Getty Jr. in 1932; rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly in 1936; actor John Phillip Law in 1937; Italian director Dario Argento in 1940 (age 77); pop singer Gloria Gaynor in 1949 (age 68); actor Julie Kavner in 1950 (age 67); political commentator Peggy Noonan in 1950 (age 67); singer Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders) in 1951 (age 66); actor Corbin Bernsen in 1954 (age 63); actor Michael Emerson in 1954 (age 63); singer/pianist Michael Feinstein in 1956 (age 61); rapper Eazy E in 1963; actor Toby Jones in 1966 (age 51); comedian Leslie Jones in 1967 (age 50); actor Shannon Elizabeth in 1973 (age 44); actor Devon Sawa in 1978 (age 39); actor Evan Rachel Wood in 1987 (age 30); basketball player Kevin Love in 1988 (age 29); actor Dean-Charles Chapman in 1997 (age 20).


On this date in history:

In 1822, Brazil declared independence from Portugal.

In 1892, James Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round of a prizefight at New Orleans, the first major fight under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.

In 1901, the Boxer Rebellion in China ended with the Boxer Protocol, a peace agreement between China and other world powers.

In 1926, Hollywood studios closed for the day in honor of the funeral of Rudolph Valentino, the silent movie superstar who had died after ulcer surgery.

In 1940, Nazi Germany launched the London blitz, bombings that Adolf Hitler believed would soften Britain for invasion. The invasion never materialized.

In 1943, a fire swept through the Gulf Hotel in Houston, killing 55 men, many of whom were homeless.

In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio. The inaugural inductees included George Halas and Harold "Red" Grange.

In 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos signed a treaty agreeing to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama at the end of the 20th century.

In 1986, Desmond Tutu was installed as the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, becoming first black titular head of South Africa's fourth-largest Christian church.

In 1992, 12 people were killed when a twin-engine plane carrying skydivers crashed in a soybean field in Hinckley, Ill.

In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was hospitalized after being shot four times in Las Vegas. Shakur died six days later.

In 2006, longtime British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced he would resign within one year.

In 2007, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego agreed to pay almost $200 million to 144 people who said they were sexually abused by members of the clergy.

In 2009, the British government convicted three men of plotting to blow up seven trans-Atlantic flights, smuggling explosives aboard in soft drink bottles, a plan that led to tighter airline regulations on carry-on bottles of liquid.

In 2011, a plane crash near the Russian city of Yaroslavl killed 44 people, including almost the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team. Several of the victims had ties to North America's National Hockey League. A member of the aircraft's crew was the only survivor.

In 2013, Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympics.

In 2014, American tennis star Serena Williams won the U.S. Open for the third straight year, defeating Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3.


A thought for the day: "When you are honest and open with young people, they let you in." -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson

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