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Tuesday, September 8, 1998
I was just happy to have touched No. 61.
-- Baseball fan Rich Reichert, who had Mark McGwire's 61st home run ball in his hand before having it wrestled away
- A hearing is scheduled for Russell Weston Jr., charged in the U.S. Capitol shootings that killed two Capitol Police officers.
- On Wednesday, September 9, the House of Representatives returns after August recess.
- On Thursday, September 10, the House International Relations Committee is to hold a hearing on the safety of U.S. embassies worldwide.
- On Friday, September 11, a medical ethics conference on "Doctors, Death and Dignity" is to begin in Chautauqua, New York.
- On Saturday, September 12, Alfred Wolfram of Shakopee, Minnesota, attempts to break his current kissing record in the Guinness Book of World Records. He'll try to kiss more than 10,504 people today.
- On Sunday, September 13, the presentation of the 50th annual Emmy Awards takes place in Los Angeles.
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- Comedian Sid Caesar ("Your Show of Shows") is 76.
- Actor Alan Feinstein ("Edge of Night") is 57.
- Opera singer Marilyn Mims is 44.
- Actress Heather Thomas ("The Fall Guy") is 41.
- Actor Henry Thomas ("E.T.") is 27.
- Former hockey player Rogie Vachon is 53.
- In 1157, Richard I, the Lion Heart, was born. He became king of England in 1189.
- In 1565, Spaniard Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the first Catholic settlement in America at St. Augustine, Florida.
- In 1755, in the Seven Years War in North America, Col. William Johnson with his English militia defeated a combined French and Indian force in the Battle of Lake George.
- In 1760, British troops under Jeffrey Amherst defeated the French in the Battle of Montreal; after the loss, the French surrendered their arms throughout Canada.
- In 1831, Russians defeated 30,000 Poles in the battle for Warsaw in the second Polish rising. More than 9,000 Poles died in the three-day battle.
- In 1841, Antonin Dvorak was born. The Czech composer became director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York 1892-95.
- In 1847, Americans under Gen. Winfield Scott defeated the Mexicans at the Battle of Molino del Rey in the Mexican War.
- In 1883, the Northern Pacific Railroad across the United States was completed.
- In 1888, Annie Chapman was found disemboweled in an East London street, the second victim of "Jack The Ripper."
- In 1900, a hurricane with winds of 120 mph and a following tidal wave at Galveston, Texas, killed at least 8,000 people and destroyed over 2,500 buildings in the city.
- In 1925, Peter Sellers, British comedian and actor born; best known for his part in the British radio series "The Goon Show" and his role as Inspector Clouseau in several "Pink Panther" films.
- In 1935, U.S. Sen. and former Louisiana governor Huey P. Long was shot while attending a session of the state House of Representatives in Baton Rouge. Fatally wounded, he died two days later.
- In 1943, U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the unconditional surrender of Italy in World War II.
- In 1944, Soviet troops crossed the border into Bulgaria, ostensibly because of Bulgaria's refusal to declare war on Germany.
- In 1945, Hideki Tojo, Japanese prime minister during most of World War II, attempted suicide rather than face a war crimes tribunal. The attempt failed and he was later convicted and hanged.
- In 1949, German composer Richard Strauss, composer of songs and operas especially "Der Rosenkavalier," died.
- In 1951, the Treaty of Peace was signed in San Francisco with Japan and representatives of 49 other nations.
- In 1967, a new constitution came into effect in Uganda, making the country a republic.
- In 1974, U.S President Gerald Ford granted Richard Nixon an unconditional pardon for all federal crimes he might have committed while he was in office.
- In 1991, the Yugoslav republic of Macedonia voted overwhelmingly to become an independent state.
- In 1994, a USAir Boeing 737 crashed near Pittsburgh International Airport as it was coming in to land from Chicago. All 132 people on board were killed.
- In 1995, major players in the Yugoslav crisis agreed in Geneva on the basic principles for peace in Bosnia; the agreement led to the signing of the Dayton peace accords in November.
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