Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Today in History

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Today in History

Article excerpt

TODAY is Saturday, September 5, the 248th day of 2009. There are 117 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 1905 - First publication in Australia of Dorothy McKellar's poem My Country.

* 1939 - President Franklin Roosevelt declares US neutrality at the start of World War II in Europe; Australia calls for volunteers to create a second World War II fighting force.

* 1972 - Arab terrorists of the Black September movement attack an Israeli dormitory in the Olympic village at Munich, killing two members of the Israeli Olympic team. Nine Israelis, five terrorists and a West German policeman later die in a shootout at Munich Airport.

* 1975 - Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson, attempts to assassinate US President Gerald Ford.

* 1982 - Death of British pilot Sir Douglas Bader, who despite losing both legs in a flying accident, led his squadron to victory in the Battle of Britain.

* 1986 - Builders' Labourers Federation secretary Norm Gallagher is jailed for 18 months for receiving secret commissions.

* 1991 - After seven decades, the Soviet Union destroys its old power structures and virtually abolishes the constitution. …

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