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Today in History: September 3, signing of the Treaty of Paris

Today in History

Today is Saturday, September 3, the 246th day of 2022. There are 119 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On September 3, 1783, representatives of the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the War of Independence.

To this date :

In 1861, during the Civil War, Confederate forces invaded the border state of Kentucky, which had declared neutrality in the conflict.

In 1939, Great Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland; in a radio address, King George VI of Great Britain declared: “With the help of God, we will overcome. On the same day, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the British liner SS Athenia some 250 miles off the coast of Ireland, killing more than 100 of the approximately 1,400 people on board.

In 1943, Allied forces invaded Italy during World War II, the same day Italian authorities signed a secret armistice with the Allies.

In 1970, legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, 57, died in Washington, D.C.

In 1976, the American lander Viking 2 touched down on Mars to take the first close-up color photographs of the Red Planet’s surface.

In 1999, a French judge closed a two-year investigation into the car accident that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist, and concluding that the accident was caused by a drunk driver.

In 2003, Paul Hill, a former cabinet minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his escort to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed in Florida by injection, becoming the first person to be put to death in United States for anti-abortion violence. .

In 2005, President George W. Bush ordered the dispatch of more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast as his administration stepped up efforts to rescue Katrina survivors and send aid to the region. hurricane-ravaged in the face of criticism that he did not act quickly enough.

In 2009, a private funeral service was held in Glendale, California for pop superstar Michael Jackson, whose body was entombed in a mausoleum more than two months after his death.

In 2010, Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited US bases and war zones in Afghanistan, saying he had seen and heard evidence that US counterinsurgency strategy was taking root in the critical province of Kandahar.

In 2012, 92-year-old Sun Myung Moon, a self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church, died in Gapeyeong, South Korea.

In 2019, Walmart said it would stop selling handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition, and the chain store asked customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores; the announcement follows a shooting at a Walmart store in Texas that left 22 people dead.

A decade ago, President Barack Obama comforted the victims of Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast and stirred up the enthusiasm of labor voters in the industrial heartland, mixing a hard political sell-off with a softer show of sympathy. on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Prolific actor Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, has died in Los Angeles.

Five years ago, North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, detonating what it said was a hydrogen bomb. Walter Becker, co-founder of 1970s rock band Steely Dan, has died aged 67.

A year ago: Police went door to door looking for more victims of disastrous flooding in the northeast caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which left nearly 50 people dead in the region. Sheriff’s deputies warned residents returning to communities outside of New Orleans to come equipped as survivors due to lack of basic services in the wake of the hurricane, which knocked out power to more one million customers in Louisiana. Arizona man Jacob Chansley, who wore makeup, no shirt and a furry hat with horns when he joined the mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6, has pleaded guilty to a felony charge. (Chansley would be sentenced to 41 months in prison.) Authorities said improved weather conditions slowed the growth of a massive California wildfire near resort communities on Lake Tahoe.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Pauline Collins turns 82. Singer and rock musician Al Jardine is 80 years old. Actor Valerie Perrine is 79 years old. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 74 years old. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 67. Actor Steve Schirripa is 65 years old. Actor Holt McCallany is 58 years old. Singer and rock musician Todd Lewis is 57 years old. Actor Costas Mandylor is 57 years old. Actor Charlie Sheen is 57 years old. Singer Jennifer Paige is 49 years old. Dance-rock musician Redfoo is 47 years old. Actor Ashley Jones is 46 years old. Actor Nichole Hiltz is 44 years old. Actor Joel Johnstone is 44 years old. Actor Nick Wechsler is 44 years old. Rock musician Tomo Milicevic (30 Seconds to Mars) is 43 years old. Bluegrass musician Darren Nicholson (Balsam Range) is 39 years old. Actress Christine Woods is 39 years old. Garrett Hedlund is 38 years old. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White is 36 years old. Hip-hop singer August Alsina is 30 years old.