Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Today in History....September 5

On this day in …

* 1774, the First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia

* 1793, the Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counter-revolutionary activities

* 1914, the first Battle of the Marne, resulting in a French-British victory over Germany, began during World War I

* 1939, the United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II

* 1945, Japanese-American Iva Toguri D'Aquino, suspected of being wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was arrested in Yokohama.
(D'Aquino was later convicted of treason and served six years in prison; she was pardoned in 1977 by President Gerald Ford.)

* 1972, practitioners of that "religion of peace" attacked the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympic games; 11 Israelis were murdered

* 1975, President Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif.

* 1977, the U.S. launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft two weeks after launching its twin, Voyager 2

* 1997, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II broke the royal reticence over Princess Diana's death, delivering a televised address in which she called her former daughter-in-law "a remarkable person." ALSO:
Twelve Israeli soldiers were killed during a commando raid into Lebanon

* 2002, Afghan President Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt in Kandahar, hours after an explosives-packed car tore through a Kabul market

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