There are 107 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
- On September 15, 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.
- In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
- In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge two weeks after he was found innocent of treason.
- In 1821, independence from Spain was proclaimed for Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador.
- In 1857, William Howard Taft, who served as president of the United States and as U.S. chief justice, was born in Cincinnati.
- In 1858, the third debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas was held in Jonesboro, Ill.
- In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship.
- In 1940, during the Battle of Britain in World War II, the tide turned as the Luftwaffe sustained heavy losses inflicted by the Royal Air Force.
- In 1958, a New Jersey commuter train plunged off a partially open drawbridge into Newark Bay, killing 48 people.
- In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)
- In 1982, Iran's former foreign minister, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, was executed after he was convicted of plotting against the government.
- Nine states and the District of Columbia held primaries.
- In New York, liberal congressman Charles Schumer won the Democratic nod to challenge Republican Sen. Alfonse D'Amato. (Schumer won.)
- In Washington state, conservative congresswoman Linda Smith won the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. (Murray won re-election.)
- Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 63rd home run of the season.
- A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted California's recall election, saying it was unacceptable for several counties to use punch-card ballots. (However, a larger panel of 11 judges from the 9th Circuit later ordered the election to go forward.)
- The WUSA soccer league shut down operations five days before the Women's World Cup, saying it didn't have enough money to stay in business for a fourth season.
- In his Saturday radio address, President Bush said while "formidable challenges" remained in Iraq, the United States would start shifting more troops into support roles.
- Several thousand protesters marched from the White House to the Capitol to demand an end to the Iraq war.
- Sarah Thomas became the first female official to work a game in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly I-A, serving as the line judge in the Jacksonville State-Memphis game.
- Actress-comedian Brett Somers died in Westport, Conn., at age 83.
- Actor-director Jackie Cooper is 86.
- Actor Forrest Compton is 83.
- Comedian Norm Crosby is 81.
- Actor Henry Darrow is 75.
- Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 70.
- Football Hall-of-Famer Merlin Olsen is 68.
- Opera singer Jessye Norman is 63.
- Writer-director Ron Shelton is 63.
- Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 62.
- Movie director Oliver Stone is 62.
- Rock musician Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 48.
- Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino is 47.
- Actor Danny Nucci is 40.
- Rap DJ Kay Gee is 39.
- Rock musician Allen Shellenberger (Lit) is 39.
- Actor Josh Charles is 37.
- Singer Ivette Sosa (Eden's Crush) is 32.
- Actress Amy Davidson is 29.
- Britain's Prince Henry of Wales is 24.
"God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road."
Isak Dinesen, Danish author (1885-1962).
"Let's all be careful out there!"