SEPTEMBER 7 IN HISTORY
Saturday is Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2013. There are 115 days left in the year.
1533: England's Queen Elizabeth I was born in Greenwich.
1812: The Battle of Borodino took place as French troops clashed with Russian forces outside Moscow. (The battle, ultimately won by Russia, was commemorated by composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky with his "1812 Overture.")
1825: The Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House.
1892: James J. Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan to win the world heavyweight crown in New Orleans in a fight conducted under the Marquess of Queensberry rules.
1907: The British liner RMS Lusitania set out from Liverpool, England, on its maiden voyage, arriving six days later in New York.
1940: Nazi Germany began its eight-month blitz of Britain during World War II with the first air attack on London.
1943: A fire at the Gulf Hotel, a rooming house in Houston, claimed 55 lives.
1963: The National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.
1964: The controversial "Daisy" commercial, an ad for President Lyndon B. Johnson's election campaign featuring a girl plucking flower petals followed by a nuclear explosion, aired on NBC-TV.
1968: Feminists protested outside the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. (The pageant crown went to Miss Illinois Judith Ford.)
1977: The Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington by President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos.
1986: Desmond Tutu was installed as the first black to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.
1996: Rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and mortally wounded on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.
2003: In a speech to the nation on Iraq, President George W. Bush said he was asking Congress for $87 billion to fight terrorism and cautioned Americans that the struggle would "take time and require sacrifice." Yasser Arafat tapped the Palestinian parliament speaker, Ahmed Qureia to take over as prime minister following the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas. In the men's singles final at the U.S. Open, Andy Roddick beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3. Britain-Ireland rallied to win the Walker Cup for an unprecedented third straight time. Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon died in Los Angeles at age 56.
2008: Troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed in government conservatorship. Hurricane Ike roared across low-lying islands in the Atlantic as a Category 4 storm. Serena Williams outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 to win her third U.S. Open championship and ninth Grand Slam title. Astroland, New York City's world famous amusement park at Coney Island, closed after 46 years. Britney Spears won three MTV Video Music Awards, including video of the year for "Piece of Me."
2012: The Labor Department reported that employers had added just 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 in July. Twin earthquakes and a spate of aftershocks struck southwestern China, toppling thousands of houses and killing at least 64 people. Dorothy McGuire Williamson, 84, who teamed with sisters Christine and Phyllis as the popular McGuire Sisters, died in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Jazz musician Sonny Rollins (83), singer Alfa Anderson (Chic) (67), singer Gloria Gaynor (64), rock singer Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) (62), actress Julie Kavner (62), musician Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (60), actor Corbin Bernsen (59), model-actress Angie Everhart (44), actor Tom Everett Scott (43), actress Shannon Elizabeth (40), actress Evan Rachel Wood (26).