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The Day in History

September 6, 2009

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► Today is Sunday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2009. There are 116 days left in the year.

► Today’s birthdays: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 72. Country singer David Allan Coe is 70. Country singer Mel McDaniel is 67. Rock singer-musician Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 66. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 65. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 62. Country singer-songwriter Buddy Miller is 57. Country musician Joe Smyth (Sawyer Brown) is 52. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 51. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow is 51. Rock musician Perry Bamonte is 49. Actor Steven Eckholdt is 48. Rock musician Scott Travis (Judas Priest) is 48. Pop musician Pal Waaktaar (a-ha) is 48. Rock musician Kevin Miller is 47. ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas is 47. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 46. Actress Rosie Perez is 45. Singer CeCe Peniston is 40. R&B singer Darryl Anthony (Az Yet) is 40. Rock singer Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) is 38. Actor Dylan Bruno (TV’s “Numb3ers’’) is 37. Actor Idris Elba (TV’s “The Wire’’) is 37. Rock singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 35.

► In 1757, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, was born in Auvergne, France.

► In 1901, President McKinley was mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. (McKinley died eight days later; he was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. Czolgosz was executed the next month.)

► In 1909, American explorer Robert Peary sent a telegram from Indian Harbor, Labrador, announcing that he had reached the North Pole five months earlier.

► In 1916, the first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, was opened in Memphis by Clarence Saunders.

► In 1966, South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was stabbed to death during a parliamentary session in Cape Town.

► In 1970, Palestinian guerrillas seized control of three US-bound jetliners. Two were later blown up on the ground in Jordan, along with a plane hijacked Sept. 9; the fourth plane was destroyed on the ground in Egypt; there was no loss of life.

► In 1978, James Wickwire and Louis Reichardt became the first Americans to reach the summit of Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, after Mount Everest.

► In 2004, seven members of the First Marine Division from Camp Pendleton, Calif., and three US-trained Iraqi soldiers were killed by a car bomb near Fallujah. What was once Hurricane Frances pounded the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm.