Friday, September 07, 2007

Today in History....September 7

On this day in …

* 1807, Denmark surrendered to British forces that had bombarded the city of Copenhagen for four days

* 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House

* 1907, the British liner RMS Lusitania set out on its maiden voyage, from Liverpool, England, to New York, arriving six days later. (Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in 1915.)

* 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an "image dissector"

* 1940, the Nazis, ym"sh, began their initial blitz on London during World War II

* 1957, the original version of the animated NBC peacock logo, used to denote programs "brought to you in living color," made its debut at the beginning of "Your Hit Parade"

* 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 Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos

* 1987, Erich Honecker became the first East German head of state to visit West Germany as he arrived for a five-day visit

* 2002, President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, meeting at Camp David, said the world had to act against Saddam Hussein, arguing that the Iraqi leader had defied the United Nations and reneged on promises to destroy weapons of mass destruction

* 2006, British Prime Minister Tony Blair gave in to a fierce revolt in his Labour Party and reluctantly promised to quit within a year.

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