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This Day in History – September 5

1774 – 1st Continental Congress assembles at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1836 – Sam Houston elected President of the Republic of Texas.

1882 – 10,000 workers march in 1st Labor Day parade in NYC.

1885 – 1st gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer (Ft. Wayne, Ind).

1914 – US President Wilson orders the US Navy to make its wireless stations for any transatlantic communications – even to German diplomats sending messages; this will lead to the interception of the Zimmerman telegram, helping to bring the US into the war.

1918 – Due to WWI, 15th World Series begins a month early.

1925 – 29th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bobby Jones.

1939 – FDR declares US neutrality at start of WW II in Europe.

1953 – 1st privately operated atomic reactor-Raleigh, NC.

1958 – 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, NC.

1961 – US President JFK signs law against hijacking (death penalty)

1975 – First Assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford by Lynette Fromme in Sacramento.

1979 – Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve & upsets top-seeded Bjorn Borg in US Tennis Open quarterfinals.

1986 – 3rd MTV Video Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins.

1987 – 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men’s Long Jump.

1989 – Deborah Norville becomes news anchor of Today Show.

1993 – “Will Rogers Follies” closes at Palace Theater NYC after 983 performances.

1994 – San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice catches NFL record 127th touchdown pass.

2007 – Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.

2014 – World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

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