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This day in history

Thursday, Sept. 5, is the 248th day of 2013. There are 117 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul Volcker is 86. Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 84. Actress-singer Carol Lawrence is 81. Actor William Devane is 74. Actor George Lazenby is 74. Actress Raquel Welch is 73. Director Werner Herzog is 71. Singer Al Stewart is 68. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 67. Actor Michael Keaton is 62. Actress Rose McGowan is 40. Actor Skandar Keynes is 22.

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In 1774, the first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.

In 1793, the Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counter-revolutionary activities.

In 1972, terror struck the Munich Olympics as the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli delegation; 11 Israelis, five guerrillas, and a police officer were killed in the siege.

In 1975, President Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette ‘‘Squeaky’’ Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif.

In 1986, four hijackers who had seized a Pan Am jumbo jet on the ground in Karachi, Pakistan, opened fire when the lights inside the plane failed; a total of 22 people were killed in the hijacking.

In 1997, Mother Teresa died in Calcutta at age 87.

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