Today is Tuesday, Sept. 7, the 251st day of 2004. There are 115 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Twenty-five years ago, on Sept. 7, 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, ESPN, made its debut.

On this date:

In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House.

In 1901, the Peace of Beijing ended the Boxer Rebellion in China.

In 1936, rock legend Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas.

In 1940, Nazi Germany began its initial blitz on London during World War II.

In 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.

In 1969, Senate Republican leader Everett M. Dirksen died in Washington. D.C.

In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the United States to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington.

In 1977, convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was released from prison after more than four years.

In 1986, Desmond Tutu was installed as the first black to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.

In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and mortally wounded on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.

Ten years ago: After a brief meeting, the United States and Cuba temporarily suspended talks on stemming the Cuban refugee exodus. U.S. Marines assigned to a potential Haiti invasion force began training on a Puerto Rican island amid talk in Washington of a U.S.-led intervention.

Five years ago: Indonesia imposed martial law in East Timor, promising to crack down on rampaging pro-Indonesian militias after the territory's vote for independence. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Athens, Greece, claimed 143 lives. It was announced that Viacom was buying CBS for $36 billion.

One year ago: In a speech to the nation on Iraq, President Bush said he was asking Congress for $87 billion to fight terrorism and cautioned Americans that the struggle would "take time and require sacrifice." Yasser Arafat tapped the Palestinian parliament speaker, Ahmed Qureia, to take over as prime minister following the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas. In the men's singles final at the U.S. Open, Andy Roddick beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3. Britain-Ireland rallied to win the Walker Cup for an unprecedented third straight time. Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon died in Los Angeles at age 56.

Today's Birthdays: Heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey is 96. Pianist Arthur Ferrante is 83. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, is 80. Jazz musician Sonny Rollins is 74. Blues singer Little Milton is 70. Actor John Philip Law is 67. Singer Alfa Anderson (Chic) is 58. Singer Gloria Gaynor is 55. Rock singer Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) is 53. Actress Julie Kavner is 53. Actor Corbin Bernsen is 50. Rock musician Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 50. Pianist Michael Feinstein is 48. Singer Margot Chapman is 47. Rock musician Leroi Moore (The Dave Matthews Band) is 43. Model-actress Angie Everhart is 35. Actor Tom Everett Scott is 34. Rock musician Chad Sexton (311) is 34. Actress Diane Farr is 33. Actress Shannon Elizabeth is 31. Actor Oliver Hudson is 28. Actor Devon Sawa is 26. Actress Evan Rachel Wood is 17.

Thought for Today: "My definition of an educated man is the fellow who knows the right thing to do at the time it has to be done." - Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (1876-1958).

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