Today is Wednesday, Sept. 7, the 251st day of 2016. There are 115 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Jazz musician Sonny Rollins is 86. Singer Gloria Gaynor is 73. Rock singer Chrissie Hynde is 65. Actor Corbin Bernsen is 62. Actress-comedian Leslie Jones is 49. Model-actress Angie Everhart is 47. Actress Shannon Elizabeth is 43. Actress Evan Rachel Wood is 29.
In 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an ‘‘image dissector.’’
In 1940, Nazi Germany began its eight-month blitz of Britain during World War II with the first air attack on London.
In 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.
In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the United States to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington by President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos.
In 1986, Desmond Tutu was installed as the first black clergyman to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.
In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and mortally wounded on the Las Vegas Strip.
In 2006, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain gave in to a fierce revolt in his Labor Party and reluctantly promised to quit within a year.
In 2015, Hillary Clinton said she did not need to apologize for using a private e-mail account and server while at the State Department because ‘‘what I did was allowed.’’