Today is Saturday, Sept. 4, the 248th day of 2004. There are 118 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 4, 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers.

On this date:

In 1888, George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film camera, and registered his trademark, Kodak.

In 1893, English author Beatrix Potter first told the story of Peter Rabbit in the form of a "picture letter" to Noel Moore, the son of Potter's former governess.

In 1917, the American expeditionary force in France suffered its first fatalities in World War I.

In 1944, during World War II, British troops entered Antwerp, Belgium.

In 1951, President Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.

In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.

In 1957, Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel.

In 1967, Michigan Gov. George Romney told a TV interview he'd undergone a "brainwashing" by U.S. officials during a 1965 visit to Vietnam - a comment that apparently damaged Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing 111 people.

In 1984, Canada's Progressive Conservatives, led by Brian Mulroney, won a landslide victory in general elections over the Liberal Party of Prime Minister John N. Turner.

Ten years ago: On the eve of a U.N.-sponsored conference on population being held in Cairo, Egypt, Vice President Al Gore told NBC the United States was seeking a blueprint on world population growth that rejected abortion as a family planning tool and an international right.

Five years ago: Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a breakthrough land-for-security agreement during a ceremony in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Martin Frankel, a Connecticut money manager accused of cheating insurance companies in five states out of more than $200 million, was arrested in Germany. Anti-independence militias in East Timor went on a rampage, hours after the United Nations announced that residents had overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia.

One year ago: Miguel Estrada, whose nomination became a flash point for Democratic opposition to President Bush's judicial choices, withdrew from consideration for an appeals court seat after Republicans failed in seven attempts to break a Senate filibuster. Verizon Communications and two unions, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, reached a tentative, five-year contract agreement after four months of talks.

Today's Birthdays: ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey is 86. Actor-comedian Howard Morris is 85. Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 73. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 62. Actress Jennifer Salt is 60. Golfer Tom Watson is 55. Rhythm and blues musician Ronald LaPread (The Commodores) is 54. Actress Judith Ivey is 53. Rock musician Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) is 53. Actress Khandi Alexander is 47. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 44. Rock musician Kim Thayil is 44. Actor Noah Taylor is 35. Actress Ione Skye is 33. Rhythm and blues singer Richard Wingo (Jagged Edge) is 29. Actor Wes Bentley is 26. Singer Dan Miller ("Making the Band") is 24. Singer Beyonce Knowles is 23.

Thought for Today: "We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising." - Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, American writer (1900-1948).


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