Thursday, Sept. 4, is the 247th day of 2014. There are 118 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 83. Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd is 72. Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson is 65. Actress Judith Ivey is 63. Rock musician Martin Chambers (Pretenders) is 63. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 54. Rock musician Kim Thayil is 54. Actress Ione Skye is 44. Actor Wes Bentley is 36. Actor Max Greenfield is 35. Singer Beyoncé Knowles is 33.
In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under Governor Felipe de Neve.
In 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces in France suffered their first fatalities.
In 1944, British troops liberated Antwerp.
In 1957, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus used National Guardsmen to prevent black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. Ford Motor Co. began selling the Edsel.
In 1963, a Swissair Caravelle III carrying 80 people crashed shortly after takeoff from Zurich, killing all on board.
In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing all 111 people on board.
In 1972, US swimmer Mark Spitz won a seventh gold medal at the Munich Olympics.
In 1974, the United States established diplomatic relations with East Germany.