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Today in history, Sept. 5

1774: The first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.

1836: Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas.

1882: The nation's first Labor Day was celebrated with a parade in New York. (Although Labor Day now takes place on the first Monday of September, this initial celebration occurred on a Tuesday.)

1914: The First Battle of the Marne, resulting in a French-British victory over Germany, began during World War I.

1945: Japanese-American Iva Toguri D'Aquino, suspected of being wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was arrested in Yokohama. (D'Aquino was later convicted of treason and served six years in prison; she was pardoned in 1977 by President Gerald R. Ford.)

1957: The novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac was first published by Viking Press.

1961: President John F. Kennedy signed legislation making aircraft hijackings a federal crime.

1972: The Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli Olympic delegation at the Munich Games; 11 Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer were killed in the resulting siege.

1975: President Gerald R. Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif.

Associated Press

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