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This day in history

Friday, Sept. 6, is the 249th day of 2013. There are 116 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Rock singer-musician Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 70. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 69. Comedian Jane Curtin is 66. Country singer Buddy Miller is 61. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 55. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is 51. ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas is 51. Actress Rosie Perez is 49. R&B singer Macy Gray is 46. Singer CeCe Peniston is 44. Rock singer Dolores O’Riordan (Cranberries) is 42. Actor Idris Elba is 41. Actress Anika Noni Rose is 41.

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In 1888, diplomat and financier Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. was born in Boston.

In 1901, President McKinley was shot and mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz in Buffalo. (McKinley died eight days later; Czolgosz was executed on Oct. 29.)

In 1943, 79 people were killed when a New York-bound Pennsylvania Railroad train derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.

In 1970, Palestinian guerrillas seized control of three US-bound jetliners. (Two were later blown up on the ground in Jordan, along with a London-bound plane hijacked on Sept. 9; the fourth plane was destroyed on the ground in Egypt. No hostages were harmed.)

In 1997, a public funeral was held for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in London.

In 2002, meeting outside Washington for only the second time since 1800, Congress convened in New York to pay homage to the victims and heroes of September 11.

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