Today is Sunday, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2004. There are 110 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 12, 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.

On this date:

In 1880, author and journalist H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore.

In 1938, Adolf Hitler demanded self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.

In 1943, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government.

In 1944, during World War II, U.S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time, near Trier.

In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.

In 1954, "Lassie" made its television debut on CBS.

In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed the issue of his Roman Catholicism, telling a Protestant group in Houston, "I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me."

In 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by Ethiopia's military after ruling for 58 years.

In 1977, South African black student leader Steven Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry.

In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert slammed into Jamaica, killing 45 people and causing damage estimated at up to $1 billion.

Ten years ago: A stolen, single-engine Cessna crashed into the South Lawn of the White House, coming to rest against the executive mansion; the pilot, Frank Corder, was killed.

Five years ago: Under intense international pressure, Indonesia announced it would allow an international peacekeeping force to restore order to the devastated territory of East Timor. Andre Agassi captured his second U.S. Open title, dominating Todd Martin 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2. "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal," both created by writer-producer David E. Kelley, were named best drama series and best comedy series at the 51st Emmy Awards.

One year ago: In the Iraqi city of Fallujah, U.S. forces mistakenly opened fire on vehicles carrying police, killing eight of them. The U.N. Security Council ended 11 years of sanctions against Libya. Typhoon Maemi slammed into South Korea, killing at least 117 people. Music legend Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 71.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Irene Dailey is 84. Actor Dickie Moore ("Our Gang") is 79. Actor Freddie Jones is 77. Country singer George Jones is 73. Actor Ian Holm is 73. Actress Linda Gray is 64. Singer Maria Muldaur is 61. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 53. Singer-musician Gerry Beckley (America) is 52. Rock musician Neil Peart (Rush) is 52. Actor Peter Scolari is 50. Actress Rachel Ward is 47. Rock musician Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) is 39. Actor Darren E. Burrows is 38. Rock singer-musician Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 38. Rock musician Larry LaLonde (Primus) is 36. Rock singer Liam Gallagher (Oasis) is 32. Actor Paul Walker is 31. Actor Benjamin McKenzie is 26. Singer Ruben Studdard ("American Idol") is 26. Singer Jennifer Hudson ("American Idol") is 23. Actress Emmy Rossum is 18.

Thought for Today: "Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American feminist (1815-1902).

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