Today is Sunday, Sept. 26, the 270th day of 2004. There are 96 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 26, 1960, the first televised debate between presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon took place in Chicago.

On this date:

In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first secretary of state.

In 1898, American composer George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In 1914, the Federal Trade Commission was established.

In 1950, United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans.

In 1952, philosopher George Santayana died in Rome at age 88.

In 1955, following word that President Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack, the New York Stock Exchange saw its worst price decline since 1929.

In 1957, the musical "West Side Story" opened on Broadway.

In 1986, William H. Rehnquist was sworn in as the 16th chief justice of the United States, while Antonin Scalia joined the Supreme Court as its 103rd member.

In 1991, four men and four women began a two-year stay inside a sealed-off structure in Oracle, Ariz., called "Biosphere Two." They emerged from the Biosphere on this date in 1993.

Ten years ago: Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, President Clinton announced he had lifted most U.S. sanctions against Haiti, and urged other nations to follow suit. Jury selection began in Los Angeles for the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell declared health care reform dead for the session.

Five years ago: America won its first Ryder Cup since 1993 after trailing the European team 10-6 going into the final round. To the anger of the Europeans, U.S. players, along with caddies, officials and wives, stormed the green to congratulate Justin Leonard for a 45-foot putt that all but won the tournament for the Americans.

One year ago: President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a two-day summit at Camp David. The government issued a recall for Segway scooters, citing instances in which riders fell off when the batteries ran low. A magnitude eight quake rocked Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, injuring more than 750 people. British rock singer Robert Palmer died in Paris at age 54.

Today's Birthdays: Fitness expert Jack LaLanne is 90. Actor Philip Bosco is 74. Country singer David Frizzell is 63. Actor Kent McCord is 62. Television host Anne Robinson is 60. Singer Bryan Ferry is 59. Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman is 58. Singer Lynn Anderson is 57. Singer Olivia Newton-John is 56. Actress Mary Beth Hurt is 56. Actor James Keane is 52. Rock singer-musician Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos) is 50. Country singer Carlene Carter is 49. Actress Linda Hamilton is 48. Country singer Doug Supernaw is 44. Recording executive Andre Harrell is 44. Actress Melissa Sue Anderson is 42. Actor Patrick Bristow is 42. Rock musician Al Pitrelli (Megadeth) is 42. Singer Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl) is 42. Weather reporter Jillian Barberie is 38. Actor Jim Caviezel is 36. Singer Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) is 32. Jazz musician Nicholas Payton is 31. Actor Mark Famiglietti is 25. Singer-actress Christina Milian is 23. Tennis player Serena Williams is 23.

Thought for Today: "The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what the man or woman is able to do." - Booker T. Washington, American educator and author (1856-1915).


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