Today is Sunday, Sept. 5, the 249th day of 2004. There are 117 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 5, 1972, Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympic games; 11 Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer were killed in the siege.

On this date:

In 1774, the first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.

In 1793, the Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counter-revolutionary activities.

In 1836, Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas.

In 1905, the Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War, was signed in New Hampshire.

In 1914, the First Battle of the Marne began during World War I.

In 1939, the United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.

In 1945, Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a Japanese-American suspected of being wartime broadcaster Tokyo Rose, was arrested in Yokohama. (D'Aquino served six years in prison; she was pardoned in 1977 by President Ford.)

In 1975, President Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif.

In 1977, the U.S. launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft two weeks after launching its twin, Voyager 2.

In 1997, Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87; conductor Sir Georg Solti died in France at age 84.

Ten years ago: A U.N.-sponsored population conference opened in Egypt, with Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland lashing out at the Vatican and Muslim fundamentalists by defending abortion rights and sex education.

Five years ago: Hundreds of Islamic insurgents launched a new offensive in southern Russia, hours after a bomb smashed a building housing Russian military families; the blast was the first of four apartment building explosions blamed by Russian officials on Chechen rebels that killed a total of about 300 people. The Houston Comets won their third straight WNBA championship, beating the New York Liberty, 59-47. "Candid Camera" creator Allen Funt died in Pebble Beach, Calif., at age 84.

One year ago: Israeli commandos killed a Hamas bombmaker in a firefight and pulverized the West Bank apartment building in which he had been hiding. Hurricane "Fabian" slammed into Bermuda, killing four people. Singer-actress Gisele MacKenzie died in Burbank, Calif., at age 76.

Today's Birthdays: The former president of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack Valenti, is 83. Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul A. Volcker is 77. Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 75. Actor William Devane is 65. Actor George Lazenby is 65. Singer John Stewart is 65. Actress Raquel Welch is 64. Singer Al Stewart is 59. Actor-director Dennis Dugan is 58. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 58. Drummer Buddy Miles is 58. "Cathy" cartoonist Cathy Guisewite is 54. Actor Michael Keaton is 53. Country musician Jamie Oldaker (The Tractors) is 53. Rhythm and blues singer Terry Ellis is 38. Rock musician Brad Wilk is 36. TV personality Dweezil Zappa is 35. Actress Rose McGowan is 30. Actor Andrew Ducote is 18.

Thought for Today: "Ideas are one thing, and what happens is another." - John Cage, American composer and author (1912-1992).


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