Today is Sunday, Sept. 19, the 263rd day of 2004. There are 103 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 19, 1777, during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga.

On this date:

In 1796, President Washington's farewell address was published.

In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin.

In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh infant.

In 1945, Nazi propagandist William Joyce, known as "Lord Haw-Haw," was sentenced to death by a British court.

In 1955, President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy.

In 1957, the United States conducted its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.

In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev reacted angrily during a visit to Los Angeles upon being told that, for security reasons, he wouldn't be allowed to visit Disneyland.

In 1960, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, angrily checked out of the Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management.

In 1984, Britain and China completed a draft agreement on transferring Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule by 1997.

In 1985, the Mexico City area was struck by the first of two devastating quakes that claimed some 6,000 lives.

Ten years ago: U.S. troops peacefully entered Haiti to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Five years ago: German voters handed Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's governing Social Democrats a humiliating defeat in elections in the eastern state of Saxony, giving it just 11 percent of the votes.

One year ago: Former Hurricane Isabel raced from Virginia to Canada, delivering far less rain than expected but leaving millions without power. Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's defense minister, Sultan Hashim Ahmad, surrendered to U.S. forces.

Today's Birthdays: Author Roger Angell is 84. Rhythm and blues musician Billy Ward is 83. Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown is 77. Actress Rosemary Harris is 74. Actor Adam West is 74. Actor David McCallum is 71. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams is 64. Singer Bill Medley is 64. Singer Sylvia Tyson (Ian and Sylvia) is 64. Golfer Jane Blalock is 59. Singer David Bromberg is 59. Actor Randolph Mantooth is 59. Singer Freda Payne is 59. Rock singer-musician Lol Creme (10cc) is 57. Actor Jeremy Irons is 56. Actress Twiggy Lawson is 55. T.V. personality Joan Lunden is 54. Singer-producer Daniel Lanois is 53. Actor Scott Colomby is 52. Musician-producer Nile Rodgers is 52. Singer-actor Rex Smith is 49. Actor Kevin Hooks is 46. Actress Carolyn McCormick is 45. Country singer Jeff Bates is 41. Country singer Trisha Yearwood is 40. Actress-comedian Cheri Oteri is 39. News anchor Soledad O'Brien is 38. Rhythm and blues singer Espraronza Griffin is 35. Actress Sanaa Lathan is 33. Rock singer A. Jay Popoff (Lit) is 31. Comedian Jimmy Fallon is 30. Rapper Eamon is 21. Actor Kevin Zegers is 20.

Thought for Today: "There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all." - Dame Rebecca West, Irish-born novelist (1892-1983).


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