Today in History (Sept. 5)

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Today is Monday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2022. This is today in history.

World News

  • In 1774, the first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.
  • In 1997, Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.
  • In 2021, A gunman massacred four members of a Florida family, including a baby boy, at their home; prosecutors said Bryan Riley, a 33-year-old former Marine, was under the delusion that the victims were child sex traffickers.

Entertainment

  • In 1960, at the Rome Olympics, American boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) defeated Zbigniew Pietrzykowski (zuh-BIG’-nee-ehf pee-eht-chah-KAHF’-skee) of Poland to win the light-heavyweight gold medal.
  • In 2016, Hugh O’Brian, the actor who shot to fame as Sheriff Wyatt Earp in what was hailed as television’s first adult Western, died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 91.
  • In 1991, the 35th annual Naval Aviation Symposium held by the Tailhook Association opened in Las Vegas.

Politics

  • In 1698, Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
  • In 1864, voters in Louisiana approved a new state constitution abolishing slavery.
  • In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed legislation making aircraft hijackings a federal crime

Birthdays

  • Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 93. Actor-singer Carol Lawrence is 90. Actor Lucille Soong is 87. Former NFL All-Pro quarterback and college football Hall of Famer Billy Kilmer is 83. Actor William Devane is 83. Actor George Lazenby is 83. Actor Raquel Welch is 82. Movie director Werner Herzog is 80. Singer Al Stewart is 77. Actor-director Dennis Dugan is 76. College Football Hall of Famer Jerry LeVias is 76. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 76. Soul/rock musician Mel Collins is 75. “Cathy” cartoonist Cathy Guisewite (GYZ’-wyt) is 72. Actor Michael Keaton is 71. Actor Debbie Turner-Larson (Marta in “The Sound of Music”) is 66. Actor Kristian Alfonso is 59. R&B singer Terry Ellis is 59. Rock musician Brad Wilk is 54. TV personality Dweezil Zappa is 53. Actor Rose McGowan is 49. Actor Carice Van Houten is 46. Rock musician Kyle O’Quin (Portugal. The Man) is 37. Olympic gold medal figure skater Yuna Kim is 32. Actor Skandar Keynes is 31.

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