Today is Monday, Sept. 27, the 271st day of 2004. There are 95 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Forty years ago, on Sept. 27, 1964, the Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President Kennedy.

On this date:

In 1779, John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain.

In 1854, the first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurred when the steamship "Arctic" sank with 300 people aboard.

In 1928, the United States said it was recognizing the Nationalist Chinese government.

In 1939, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II.

In 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, N.J., prior to Miller's entry into the Army.

In 1954, "Tonight!" hosted by Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC.

In 1959, a typhoon battered the main Japanese island of Honshu, killing nearly 5,000 people.

In 1979, Congress gave final approval to forming the Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet agency in U.S. history.

In 1989, Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc. agreed to a $3.4 billion cash buyout by Sony Corp.

In 1995, the government unveiled its redesigned $100 bill, featuring a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

Ten years ago: More than 350 Republican congressional candidates gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to sign the "Contract with America," a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.

Five years ago: Arizona Sen. John McCain officially opened his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, the same day former Vice President Dan Quayle dropped his White House bid. Tiger Stadium closed in grand fashion after 87 years as the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-2.

One year ago: President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran and North Korea to abandon suspected nuclear-weapons programs, but disagreed over how to deal with both countries; Putin also declined at the end of a two-day summit at Camp David to pledge any postwar help for Iraq. Entertainer Donald O'Connor died in Calabasas, Calif., at age 78.

Today's Birthdays: Former Illinois Senator Charles Percy is 85. Actress Jayne Meadows is 84. Movie director Arthur Penn is 82. Actress Sada Thompson is 75. Actress Kathleen Nolan is 71. Actor Claude Jarman Jr. is 70. Author Barbara Howar is 70. Producer Don Cornelius ("Soul Train") is 68. Singer-musician Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is 61. Actress Liz Torres is 57. Actor A Martinez is 56. Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is 54. Rock musician Greg Ham (Men At Work) is 51. Singer Shaun Cassidy is 46. Rock singer Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind) is 40. Actor Patrick Muldoon is 36. Singer Mark Calderon is 34. Actress Amanda Detmer is 33. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is 32. Country musician Patrick Bourque (Emerson Drive) is 27. Rock singer Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down) is 26. Rapper Lil' Wayne is 22. Singer Avril Lavigne is 20.

Thought for Today: "Sanity is a madness put to good uses." - George Santayana, Spanish-American philosopher (1863-1952).

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