AP Highlight in History: On Sept. 5, 1972, Palestinian terrorists attacked the Israeli Olympic team at the summer games in Munich; 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, five terrorists and a police officer were killed.
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Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
The first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.
The Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counterrevolutionary activities.
Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas.
The nation's first Labor Day parade was held in New York City.
The Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War, was signed in New Hampshire.
The First Battle of the Marne began during World War I.
The United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.
"On the Road" by Jack Kerouac, the defining novel of the Beat Generation, was published.
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"Doctor Zhivago" by Russian author Boris Pasternak was published in the United States.
President Gerald R. Ford escaped an attempt on his life in Sacramento, Calif., by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.
President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts to be chief justice.