Today is Friday, Sept. 3, the 247th day of 2004. There are 119 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris between the United States and Great Britain officially ended the Revolutionary War.

On this date:

In 1189, England's King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster.

In 1658, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died.

In 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

In 1943, the British Eighth Army invaded Italy during World War II, the same day Italy signed a secret armistice with the allies.

In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.

In 1967, motorists in Sweden began driving on the right-hand side of the road, instead of the left.

In 1967, the original version of the television game show "What's My Line?," hosted by John Charles Daly, broadcast its final episode after more than 17 years on CBS.

In 1976, the unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.

In 1978, Pope John Paul I was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1989, a Cubana de Aviacion jetliner crashed after takeoff in Havana, killing all 126 aboard and 26 people on the ground.

Ten years ago: China and Russia proclaimed an end to any lingering hostilities, pledging they would no longer target nuclear missiles or use force against each other.

Five years ago: A French judge closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist, and concluding the accident was caused by an inebriated driver. NASA temporarily grounded its space shuttle fleet after inspections had uncovered damaged wires that could endanger a mission.

One year ago: Paul Hill, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed in Florida by injection, becoming the first person put to death in the United States for anti-abortion violence. President Bush signed legislation to begin free trade with Singapore and Chile.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Helen Wagner ("As the World Turns") is 86. "Beetle Bailey" cartoonist Mort Walker is 81. Country singer Hank Thompson is 79. Actress Anne Jackson is 78. Time magazine contributing editor Hugh Sidey is 77. Country singer Tompall Glaser is 71. Actress Eileen Brennan is 69. Actress Pauline Collins is 64. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine (The Beach Boys) is 62. Actress Valerie Perrine is 61. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 56. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 49. Rock singer-musician Todd Lewis is 39. Actor Costas Mandylor is 39. Actor Charlie Sheen is 39. Singer Jennifer Paige is 31. Actor Nick Wechsler is 26.

Thought for Today: "Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man." - Robert G. Ingersoll, American lawyer and politician (1833-1899).


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