Today is Monday, Sept. 6, the 250th day of 2004. There are 116 days left in the year. Today is Labor Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. McKinley, a Republican, died eight days later; he was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.

On this date:

In 1837, the Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio went co-educational.

In 1909, American explorer Robert Peary sent word that he had reached the North Pole five months earlier.

In 1939, South Africa declared war on Germany.

In 1941, Jews over age 6 in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear yellow Stars of David.

In 1948, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was coronated.

In 1952, Canadian television broadcasting began in Montreal.

In 1966, South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was stabbed to death by a deranged page during a parliamentary session in Cape Town.

In 1970, Palestinian guerrillas seized control of three jetliners which were later blown up on the ground in Jordan after the passengers and crews were evacuated.

In 1978, James Wickwire of Seattle and Louis Reichardt of San Francisco became the first Americans to reach the summit of Pakistan's K-2, the world's second-highest mountain.

In 1997, Britain bade farewell to Princess Diana with a funeral service at Westminster Abbey. Weeping masses gathered in Calcutta, India, to pay homage to Mother Teresa, who had died the day before at age 87.

Ten years ago: Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds and Gerry Adams, the head of the IRA's political ally, Sinn Fein, made a joint commitment to peace after their first face-to-face meeting.

Five years ago: In Detroit, striking teachers and the school board agreed on a tentative agreement aimed at ending a weeklong walkout. (The teachers ratified the contract two days later.)

One year ago: Mahmoud Abbas resigned as Palestinian prime minister. In the U.S. Open, Justine Henin-Hardenne won the all-Belgian women's singles final, beating fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters, 7-5, 6-1.

Today's Birthdays: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 67. Country singer David Allen Coe is 65. Country singer Mel McDaniel is 62. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 60. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 57. Rhythm and blues musician Claydes Smith (Kool & The Gang) is 56. Country singer-songwriter Buddy Miller is 52. Country musician Joe Smyth (Sawyer Brown) is 47. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 46. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow is 44. Rock musician Perry Bamonte (The Cure) is 44. Actor Steven Eckholdt is 43. Pop musician Pal Waaktaar (a-ha) is 43. Rock musician Kevin Miller (Fuel) is 42. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 41. Actress Rosie Perez is 40. Singer CeCe Peniston is 35. Rhythm and blues singer Darryl Anthony (Az Yet) is 35. Rock singer Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) is 33. Actor Justin Whalin is 30. Rock singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 30. Rapper Foxy Brown is 25.

Thought for Today: "Laziness is often mistaken for patience." - French proverb.


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