Today's important event in history:   During World War II, Nazi Germany started its eight-month "blitz" of Britain with the first air attack on London on September 7, 1940.  

At this time,   The Boxer Rebellion in China was over when the Peace of Beijing was signed in 1901.  

In 1943, 55 people died in a fire at a Houston rooming house called the Gulf Hotel. 
Feminists protested outside the Miss America contest in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1968.

Judith Ford, Miss Illinois, won the crown at the pageant.   In 1977, President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos met in Washington to sign

the treaties for the Panama Canal. The treaties said that the U.S. would eventually give control of the waterway to Panama.

When he was put in charge in 1986, Desmond Tutu became the first black priest to lead the Anglican Church in Southern Africa.

Tupac Shakur was shot and killed on the Las Vegas Strip in 1996. He died six days later.

In 2005, police and soldiers went from house to house in New Orleans to try to get the last few people who refused to leave the city to leave.

In 2007, Osama bin Laden showed up in a video for the first time in three years. He said that if Americans wanted the war in Iraq to end, they should become Muslims.

In 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two big mortgage companies that were having trouble, were taken over by the government.