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Flashback - This week in history


Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday September 8, 2003

Today
1664 The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.

1998 Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old record for home runs in a single season, hitting No. 62 off Chicago Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel.

Tuesday
1776 The second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies."

1850 California became the 31st state of the union

Wednesday
1608 John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.

1963 Twenty black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile, Ala., following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace, who resisted integration.

1998 President Clinton met with members of his Cabinet to apologize and ask forgiveness in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Thursday
2001 Suicide hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center in New York, causing the 110-story twin towers to collapse. Another hijacked airliner hit the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Some 3,000 people were killed.

1936 President Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator in Nevada.

1962 The Beatles recorded their first single, 'Love Me Do,'' and 'P.S. I Love You,'' at EMI studios in London.

Friday
1609 English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.

1977 South African black student leader Steven Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry.

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