spotlight Highlights from history: Sept. 1 Sep 1, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1715: King Louis XIV In 1715, following a reign of 72 years, King Louis XIV of France died four days before his 77th birthday. Michel Euler 1807: Aaron Burr In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not guilty of treason. (Burr was then tried on a misdemeanor charge, but was again acquitted.) ASSOCIATED PRESS 1923: Japan Earthquake In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by an earthquake that claimed some 140,000 lives. AP 1939: World War II On September 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1945: Japan surrender In 1945, Americans received word of Japan's formal surrender that ended World War II. (Because of the time difference, it was Sept. 2 in Tokyo Bay, where the ceremony took place.) STF 1969: Moammar Gadhafi In 1969, a coup in Libya brought Moammar Gadhafi to power. Anonymous 1972: Bobby Fischer In 1972, American Bobby Fischer won the international chess crown in Reykjavik (RAY'-kyuh-vik), Iceland, as Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union resigned before the resumption of Game 21. AP 1983: Korean Air Lines In 1983, 269 people were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner entered Soviet airspace. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1985: Titanic In 1985, a U.S.-French expedition located the wreckage of the Titanic on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean roughly 400 miles off Newfoundland. AP 2004: Russia School Seizure In 2004, more than 1,000 people were taken hostage by heavily armed Chechen militants at a school in Beslan in southern Russia; more than 330 people, more than half of them children, were killed in the three-day ordeal. NTV 2005: Ray Nagin In 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued a "desperate SOS" as his city descended into anarchy amid the flooding left by Hurricane Katrina. LM OTERO 2009: Poland WW II Anniversary Ten years ago: Poland held ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II. Czarek Sokolowski 2009: Vermont same-sex marriage Ten years ago: Vermont's law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect. Toby Talbot 2014: Barack Obama Five years ago: President Barack Obama, addressing a union crowd in Milwaukee, renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance. Charles Dharapak 2014: Phillies no-hitter Five years ago: Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter, the fourth of the season, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0. John Bazemore 2018: John McCain memorial service One year ago: At a nearly three-hour memorial service for the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in Washington, McCain's daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump's divisive politics and called for a return to civility among the nation's leaders. Pablo Martinez Monsivais Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Most Popular Red Report: Injury updates on Jaimes and Taylor-Britt; area code numbers go away; Benhart gets first taste Transgender woman fired after telling conservative activist to leave coffee shop After Final Four apology, Stanford volleyball team plans to do community service while in Nebraska Steven M. Sipple: Class is in session, and Darlington says Husker 'D' in need of talent upgrades Notes: Huskers suffer two key injuries; Huskers target Noa; Stalbird a 'poster boy' for walk-on program View All Promotions promotion AP How much coffee trivia do you know? promotion Which season are you? More Latest Local Offers T.O. Haas Tire & Auto Deadlines don’t include downtime – BFGoodrich Tradesmen Support Program Tabitha Health Care Services Give now! Provide independence to neighbors in need with a gift to Tabitha Meals on Wheels, delivering a daily nutritious meal & safety check. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home Planning ahead is simple. The benefits are immense.