Today is Sunday, September 5, the 248th day of 2021. There are 117 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s history:
September 5, 1972, the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli Olympic delegation at the Munich Games, killing 11 Israelis and a policeman. German forces killed five of the gunmen.
In 1939, four days after the start of the war in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation declaring the neutrality of the United States in the conflict.
In 1957, the novel “Sur la route” by Jack Kerouac was published for the first time by Viking Press.
In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford escaped an assault on his life by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, California.
In 1984, Space Shuttle Discovery completed its maiden flight by landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1986, four hijackers who had seized a Pan Am jumbo jet on the ground in Karachi, Pakistan, opened fire when the lights inside the plane went out; A total of 20 people were killed before Pakistani commandos stormed the airliner.
In 1991, the 35th Annual Naval Aviation Symposium hosted by the Tailhook Association opened in Las Vegas; During the four days of the rally, it was reported that dozens of people, mostly women, had been sexually assaulted or otherwise harassed. (The episode triggered the resignation of Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett and the early retirement of Admiral Frank B. Kelso, then chief of naval operations.)
In 1997, breaking royal reluctance over the death of Princess Diana, British Queen Elizabeth II gave a televised address in which she called her former daughter-in-law a “remarkable person”. Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at the age of 87; conductor Sir Georg Solti (johrj SHOL’-tee) has died in France at the age of 84.
In 2006, Katie Couric began a five-year career as the main presenter of “The CBS Evening News”.
In 2018, the New York Times published an opinion piece by an anonymous senior administration official claiming to be part of an internal “resistance” working to thwart President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations”; Trump replied that if such a ‘daring’ person exists, “the Times must, for reasons of national security, immediately hand him over to the government!”
In 2019, the NFL opened its 100th season in Chicago, where the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 10-3 in the season opener.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama used a noisy Labor Day rally in Detroit to put Congressional Republicans front and center, challenging them to put the country’s interests above all else and to vote to create jobs and put the economy back on the path to growth.
Five years ago: Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) announced the closure of the G-20 summit in the eastern city of Hangzhou, saying he had helped spur further progress in relaunching the global growth. Hugh O’Brian, the actor who rose to fame as Sheriff Wyatt Earp in what has been hailed as television’s first adult western, has died in Beverly Hills, Calif., Aged 91 . Phyllis Schlafly, the outspoken Conservative activist who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and founded the Eagle Forum political group, who has died in St. Louis at the age of 92.
A year ago: New wildfires in Southern California included a fire caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used at a gender reveal party. Hundreds of people gathered for Black Lives Matter rallies and marches in Portland, Oregon, as the often violent nightly protests that had been going on for 100 days showed no signs of ending; Molotov cocktails were thrown in the street during a march, igniting a large fire and prompting the police to declare a riot. Authentic led all the way to win a Kentucky Derby held in front of an empty grandstand and in September rather than May because of the coronavirus; it was a record-breaking sixth Derby victory for coach Bob Baffert.
Today’s Birthdays: Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 92 years old. Actor-singer Carol Lawrence is 89 years old. Actor Lucille Soong is 86 years old. Former NFL All-Pro quarterback and College Football Hall of Fame member Billy Kilmer is 82. Actor William Devane is 82 years old. Actor George Lazenby is 82 years old. Actor Raquel Welch is 81 years old. Director Werner Herzog is 79 years old. Singer Al Stewart is 76 years old. Actor-director Dennis Dugan is 75 years old. College Football Hall of Famer Jerry LeVias is 75 years old. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 75 years old. Soul / rock musician Mel Collins is 74 years old. The designer of “Cathy” Cathy Guisewite (GYZ’-wyt) is 71 years old. Actor Michael Keaton is 70 years old. Actor Debbie Turner-Larson (Marta in “The Sound of Music”) is 65. Actor Kristian Alfonso is 58. R&B singer Terry Ellis is 58 years old. Rock musician Brad Wilk is 53 years old. TV personality Dweezil Zappa is 52 years old.
Actress Rose McGowan is 48 years old. Actress Carice Van Houten is 45 years old. Rock musician Kyle O’Quin (Portugal. The Man) is 36 years old. Figure skater Yuna Kim is 31 years old. Actor Skandar Keynes is 30 years old.