Today is Monday, Sept. 13, the 257th day of 2004. There are 109 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 13, 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the temporary national capital.

On this date:

In 1759, during the final French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City.

In 1803, Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia.

In 1894, British novelist J.B. Priestley was born in Bradford, England.

In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek became president of China.

In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.

In 1949, the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed in New York City, with Patty Berg as its first president.

In 1971, a four-day inmates' rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed 43 lives.

In 1989, Fay Vincent was named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti.

In 1993, at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

In 1998, former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace died at age 79.

Ten years ago: President Clinton signed into law a $30 billion crime bill. Some 180 nations adopted a 20-year blueprint for slowing the world's population growth at a U.N.-sponsored conference in Cairo, Egypt.

Five years ago: Israelis and Palestinians opened talks on a final peace accord. A bomb devastated an eight-story apartment building in Moscow, killing at least 118 people.

One year ago: Angry mourners swarmed Fallujah, Iraq, a day after eight Iraqi police were killed in a friendly fire incident involving U.S. troops; the U.S. military apologized for the deaths. The California Democratic Party voted to endorse Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante while continuing to support Gov. Gray Davis in the Oct. 7 recall election. Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon died at age 73. In Las Vegas, Sugar Shane Mosley beat Oscar De La Hoya, winning a close but unanimous decision to take the WBC and WBA 154-pound titles.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Eileen Fulton ("As the World Turns") is 71. TV producer Fred Silverman is 67. Former White House spokesman Larry Speakes is 65. Actor Richard Kiel is 65. Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) is 63. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 60. Singer Peter Cetera is 60. Singer Randy Jones (The Village People) is 52. Record producer Don Was is 52. Actress Jean Smart is 45. Country singer Bobbie Cryner is 43. Rock singer-musician Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) is 43. Rock musician Zak Starkey is 39. Actor Louis Mandylor is 38. Olympic gold medal runner Michael Johnson is 37. Rock musician Steve Perkins (Porno For Pyros; Jane's Addiction) is 37. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic is 33. Country singer Aaron Benward (Blue County) is 31. Country musician Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flats) is 29. Actor Scott Vickaryous is 29. Singer Fiona Apple is 27. Actor Ben Savage is 24. Actor Mitch Holleman ("Reba") is 9.

Thought for Today: "We do not attach ourselves lastingly to anything that has not cost us care, labor or longing." - Honore de Balzac, French dramatist (1799-1850).

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