Today in History
Today is Wednesday, September 7, the 250th day of 2022. There are 115 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On September 7, 1940, Nazi Germany began its eight-month blitz against Britain in World War II with the first airstrike on London.
To this date :
In 1901, the Peking Peace ended the Boxer Rebellion in China.
In 1943, a fire at the Gulf Hotel, a rooming house in Houston, killed 55 people.
In 1968, feminists demonstrated outside the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, NJ (the pageant crown went to Miss Illinois Judith Ford.)
In 1977, the Panama Canal Treaties, calling for the United States to eventually cede control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington by President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos (toh-REE’-hohs ).
In 1986 Desmond Tutu was installed as the first black clergyman to lead the Anglican Church in Southern Africa.
In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was fatally shot on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.
In 2005, police and soldiers went house to house in New Orleans to try to entice the last holdouts to leave the city destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
In 2007, Osama bin Laden appeared in a video for the first time in three years, telling Americans they should convert to Islam if they wanted the war in Iraq to end.
In 2008, struggling mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed in government custody.
In 2015, Hillary Clinton, interviewed by The Associated Press while campaigning in Iowa, said she didn’t need to apologize for using a private email account and server in State Department, because “what I did was authorized”.
In 2019, President Donald Trump said he had canceled a secret weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghan leaders, days before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, after a bombing in Kabul that had kills 12, including an American soldier.
In 2020, the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in India made the Asian giant the second most affected country in the world behind the United States.
Ten years ago: the Labor Department reported that employers added just 96,000 jobs in August 2012, compared to 141,000 in July; The sad discovery prompted Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to say, “We’re going in the wrong direction,” while President Barack Obama, freshly nominated for a second term, said, “We know this is not not good enough. Dorothy McGuire Williamson, 84, who teamed up with sisters Christine and Phyllis as the popular McGuire sisters, has died in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Five years ago: More than half a million people were ordered out of South Florida as Hurricane Irma approached, while Georgia’s governor ordered nearly 540,000 coastal residents to move inland. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico hit the country’s southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing at least 90 people. (A deadlier earthquake would hit central Mexico nearly two weeks later.) Donald Trump Jr. told a Senate panel he was not colluding with Russia to harm the US campaign. Hillary Clinton. Equifax, one of the three major American credit bureaus, announced that hackers had gained access to the credit information of 143 million Americans.
A year ago: More than 400,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana remained without power nine days after Hurricane Ida hit; more than half of gas stations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge were out of fuel. Louisiana health officials revoked the licenses of nursing homes that had evacuated residents to a warehouse where seven of the residents died in squalid conditions. The Taliban have announced an all-male caretaker government for Afghanistan, made up of veterans of their 1990s hardline rule. The widow of the late Robert F. Kennedy says his killer, Sirhan Sirhan, should not be freed from prison ; the statement further troubled a family division over whether Sirhan should be granted parole for the 1968 murder. (In January 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom rejected a recommendation from a panel of two commissioners parole that Sirhan should be released.)
Today’s birthdays: Jazz musician Sonny Rollins turns 92. Singer Gloria Gaynor is 79 years old. Singer Alfa Anderson (Chic) is 76 years old. Actress Susan Blakely is 74 years old. Rock musician Dennis Thompson (MC5) is 74 years old. Actor Julie Kavner is 72 years old. Rock singer Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) is 71. Rock musician Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 69. Actor Corbin Bernsen is 68 years old. Actor Michael Emerson is 68 years old. Pianist Michael Feinstein is 66 years old. Singer/songwriter Diane Warren is 66 years old. Singer Margot Chapman is 65. Actor J. Smith-Cameron is 65 years old. Actor W. Earl Brown is 59 years old. Actor Toby Jones is 56 years old. Actor-comedian Leslie Jones (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 55. 53. Actress Diane Farr is 53 years old. Actress Monique Gabriela Curnen is 52 years old. Actor Tom Everett Scott is 52 years old. Rock musician Chad Sexton (311) is 52 years old. Actor Shannon Elizabeth is 49 years old. Actor Oliver Hudson is 46 years old. Actor Devon Sawa (SAH’ -wuh) is 44 years old. Actor JD Pardo is 43 years old. Actor Benjamin Hollingsworth (TV: “Code Black”) is 38 years old. Actor Alyssa Diaz (TV: “Ray Donov un”; “Zoo”) is 37 years old. Singer-musician Wes Willis (Rush of Fools) is 36 years old. Actor Evan Rachel Wood is 35 years old. Actor Jonathan Majors is 33 years old. Actor Ian Chen (TV: “Fresh Off the Boat”) is 16 years old.