Today is Sunday, Sept. 4, the 248th day of 2016. There are 118 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 4, 1951, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.
On this date:
In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Governor Felipe de Neve.
In 1886, a group of Apache Indians led by Geronimo (also known as Goyathlay, “One Who Yawns”) surrendered to Gen. Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
In 1888, George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film box camera, and registered his trademark: “Kodak.”
In 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces in France suffered their first fatalities during World War I when a German plane attacked a British-run base hospital.
In 1948, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated after nearly six decades of rule for health reasons.
In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus used Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock. Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel.
In 1963, a Swissair Caravelle III carrying 80 people crashed shortly after takeoff from Zurich, killing all on board.
In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing all 111 people on board.
In 1972, U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz won a seventh gold medal at the Munich Olympics in the 400-meter medley relay.
In 1984, Canada’s Progressive Conservatives, led by Brian Mulroney (muhl-ROO’-nee), won a landslide victory in general elections over the Liberal Party of Prime Minister John N. Turner and the New Democrats headed by Ed Broadbent.
In 1998, Internet services company Google filed for incorporation in California.
In 2014, comedian Joan Rivers died at a New York hospital at age 81, a week after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor’s office during a routine medical procedure.
Ten years ago: “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, 44, died after a stingray’s barb pierced his chest. Two U.S. warplanes accidentally strafed allied forces in southern Afghanistan, killing one Canadian soldier. A gunman opened fire on tourists in Amman, Jordan, killing a British man, Christopher Stokes (Nabeel Ahmed Issa al-Jaourah was later convicted and sentenced to death). The Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, took off from Toulouse, France, with a full load of passengers for the first time.
Five years ago: Jerry Lewis was conspicuously absent from the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 46th annual Labor Day weekend telethon, having hosted the previous 45 broadcasts.
One year ago: Hosting Saudi Arabia’s new monarch for the first time, President Barack Obama said the U.S. shared King Salman’s desire for an inclusive, functioning government in Yemen; their talks also addressed the Iran nuclear deal, a source of lingering tension in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Hundreds of migrants, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, boarded buses provided by Hungary’s government after Austria and Germany said they would let them in. Former child actress-turned-author Jean Darling died in Rodermark, Germany, at age 93.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 85. Actor Kenneth Kimmins is 75. Singer Merald “Bubba” Knight (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 74. TV personality and veterinarian Dr. Jan (yahn) Pol (TV: “The Incredible Dr. Pol”) is 74. World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd is 74. Actress Jennifer Salt is 72. World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson is 67. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald LaPread is 66. Actress Judith Ivey is 65. Rock musician Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) is 65. Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs is 63. Actress Khandi Alexander is 59. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans Sr. is 56. Rock musician Kim Thayil is 56. Actor Richard Speight Jr. is 47. Actor Noah Taylor is 47. Actress Ione Skye is 46. Actor-singer James Monroe Iglehart is 42. Pop-rock singer-DJ-musician-producer Mark Ronson is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Richard Wingo (Jagged Edge) is 41. Rock musician Ian Grushka (New Found Glory) is 39. Actor Wes Bentley is 38. Actor Max Greenfield is 37. Singer Dan Miller (O Town) is 36. Singer Beyonce (bee-AHN’-say) Knowles is 35. Country singer-musician Tom Gossin (Gloriana) is 35. Actress-comedian Whitney Cummings is 34. Actor-comedian Kyle Mooney (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 32. Folk-rock musician Neyla Pekarek (The Lumineers) is 30. Pop-rock singer-songwriter James Bay is 26. Actor Carter Jenkins is 25. Actor Trevor Gagnon is 21.
Thought for Today: “Don’t leave inferences to be drawn when evidence can be presented.” — Richard Wright, American author (1908-1960).