Published On: Sep 05 2012 11:21:24 PM CDTUpdated On: Sep 06 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT
2012: Art Modell, the businessman, entrepreneur and former National Football League team owner best known for moving the original Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, where they became known as the Ravens, dies at age 87 in Baltimore. Modell owned the Browns from 1961 to 1995, when he struck a deal with the NFL and the city of Cleveland that allowed him to move his team while relinquishing ownership of the Browns' name, colors, logos and history, paving the way for a new Cleveland Browns team that resumed play in 1999. He owned the Ravens through 2004.
2007: Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who became famous as one of The Three Tenors along with Spanish singers Plácido Domingo and José Carreras, dies from pancreatic cancer at age 71 in Modena, Italy.
2005: The California Legislature becomes the first legislative body in the United States to approve same-sex marriages, although Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would later veto the bill.
2002: In New York City, the U.S. Congress convenes at Federal Hall for a rare special session. The session was held in New York to express the nation's mourning for the loss on Sept. 11, 2001, and unity in the war against terrorism.
1998: Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, considered one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, dies of a stroke at age 88 in Tokyo, Japan. Some of Kurosawa's best known films include "Rashomon," "Ikiru," "Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo." He's seen here in 1953 on the set of "Seven Samurai."
1997: The funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales, takes place in London with more than a million people lining the streets and 2.5 billion watching around the world on television.
1996: Hurricane Fran makes landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph sustained winds. Fran caused more than $3 billion in damage and killed 27 people, mainly in North Carolina. The name "Fran" later was retired due to the extensive damage.
1996: Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles hits his 500th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers. He was only the third person to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, although Rafael Palmeiro became the fourth on July 15, 2005. The other two are Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
1995: Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record by Lou Gehrig that had stood for 56 years.
1992: Hunters discover the emaciated body of Christopher Johnson McCandless at his camp 20 miles west of the town of Healy, Alaska. McCandless had walked into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 dreaming of an "Alaskan Odyssey" wherein he would live off the land. He stayed at an abandoned bus for 113 days before starving to death sometime after Aug. 12, 1992. More attention to the life and death of McCandless would come with the 1996 book "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer and the 2007 movie of the same title, directed by Sean Penn and starring Emile Hirsch as McCandless.
1991: The name Saint Petersburg is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had been renamed Petrograd in 1914 and Leningrad, in honor of Vladimir Lenin, in 1924.
1988: The band New Kids on the Block releases the album "Hangin' Tough." The album would produce the top 10 hits "Please Don't Go Girl," "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Cover Girl," "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" and "Hangin' Tough," with the last two reaching No. 1.
1984: Singer-songwriter Ernest Tubb, one of the pioneers of country music, dies of emphysema at age 70 in Nashville, Tennessee. Among Tubb's biggest hits were "Walking the Floor Over You," "Waltz Across Texas," "Soldier's Last Letter," "It's Been So Long Darling" and "Sweet Thang," the last a 1967 duet with an up-and-coming Loretta Lynn.
1983: The Soviet Union admits to shooting down Korean Air Flight KAL-007 on Sept. 1, 1983, stating that the pilots did not know it was a civilian aircraft when it violated Soviet airspace. All 269 passengers and crew aboard were killed, including U.S. Rep. Lawrence McDonald. The aircraft was en route from New York City to Seoul via Anchorage when it strayed into prohibited Soviet airspace around the time of a U.S. reconnaissance mission.
1976: Soviet Air Defence Forces pilot Lt. Viktor Belenko lands a MiG-25 jet fighter at Hakodate on the Japanese island of Hokkaido and requests political asylum in the United States. This was the first time that Western experts were able to get a close look at the aircraft, and it revealed many secrets and surprises. Belenko was later granted asylum by U.S. President Gerald Ford.
1975: Czechoslovakian tennis player Martina Navratilova, then 18 years old, requests political asylum while in New York for the U.S. Open. Within a month, she received a green card and by 1981 she was officially a U.S. resident. She's seen here in 2006 at the ECM Prague Open.
1972: Nine Israeli athletes taken hostage at Olympic Village in Munich by the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group die at the hands of the kidnappers during a failed rescue attempt by German police at a nearby NATO airbase that also left five of the eight terrorists and a German police officer dead. The hostage crisis had begun the previous day, during which two other Israeli athletes were slain in the terrorists' initial attack. This memorial plaque stands in front of the Israeli athletes' quarters commemorating the victims.
1970: Two passenger jets bound from Europe to New York are simultaneously hijacked by Palestinian terrorist members of PFLP and taken to Dawson's Field in Jordan. Another plane was later hijacked by a terrorist sympathizer and brought to the field. While most of the passengers were released on Sept. 11, the hijackers kept 56 Jewish hostages and demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel. On Sept. 12, the terrorists emptied the planes and destroyed them with explosives. All the hostages were eventually recovered.
1967: Singer-songwriter and actress Macy Gray, best known for her 1999 hit song "I Try," is born Natalie Renee McIntyre in Canton, Ohio. Gray also has appeared in movies like "Training Day," "Spider-Man," "The Crow: Wicked Prayer," "Idlewild" and "For Colored Girls."
1966: South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid, is stabbed to death during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town. His assassin, a uniformed parliamentary messenger named Dimitri Tsafendas, escaped the death penalty on the grounds of insanity.
1966: Margaret Sanger, the birth control activist, sex educator and nurse who popularized the term birth control and opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, dies of congestive heart failure at age 86 in Tucson, Arizona. Sanger established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and was a part of several legal cases that helped legalize contraception in the U.S.
1964: Actress Rosie Perez, best known for movies like "Do the Right Thing," "White Men Can't Jump," "Untamed Heart" and "Fearless," is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1958: Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, best known for the sitcom "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, and the TV game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?," is born in Hapeville, Georgia.
1949: Allied military authorities relinquish control of former Nazi Germany assets back to German control.
1949: Howard Unruh, a former World War II sharpshooter, kills 13 neighbors in Camden, New Jersey, with a souvenir Luger, becoming the first U.S. single-episode mass murderer.
1943: Musician and singer-songwriter Roger Waters, who would go on to help found the British band Pink Floyd in 1965, is born in Great Bookham, Surrey, England.
1939: Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist David Allan Coe, best known for hits such as "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile," "The Ride," "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," "She Used to Love Me a Lot" and "Longhaired Redneck," is born in Akron, Ohio. He's also known for writing the songs "Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)" and "Take This Job and Shove It," which were turned into No. 1 hits by Tanya Tucker and Johnny Paycheck.
1916: The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, is opened in Memphis, Tennessee, by Clarence Saunders. The store incorporated shopping baskets, self-service branded products and checkouts at the front.
1909: Explorer Robert Peary sends word that he had reached the North Pole. He had reached his goal five months earlier.
1901: Anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley would die eight days later on Sept. 14. Czolgosz was executed by electric chair on Oct. 29, 1901, just 45 days after McKinley's death.
1899: Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company, which would later be renamed Carnation Evaporated Milk Company, processes its first can of evaporated milk.
1870: Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming, becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally since 1807, when New Jersey, which had originally in 1776 granted "all inhabitants" the right to vote, rescinded the voting rights of women.
1522: The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition, returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world.