spotlight Highlights from history: Sept. 7 Sep 7, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1892: Corbett vs Sullivan In 1892, James J. Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan to win the world heavyweight crown in New Orleans in a fight conducted under the Marquess of Queensberry rules. AP 1936: Buddy Holly In 1936, rock-and-roll legend Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1940: London Bombings In 1940, Nazi Germany began its eight-month blitz of Britain during World War II with the first air attack on London. AP 1963: Football Hall of Fame In 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio. AP 1972: Vince Matthews & Wayne Collett In 1972, the International Olympic Committee banned Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett of the U.S. from further competition for talking to each other on the victory stand in Munich during the playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" after winning the gold and silver medals in the 400-meter run. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1977: Panama Canal Treaties On Sept. 7, 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington by President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos (toh-REE'-hohs). Anonymous 1990: Kimberly Bergalis In 1990, Kimberly Bergalis of Fort Pierce, Florida, came forward to identify herself as the young woman who had been infected with AIDS, allegedly by her late dentist. (Bergalis died the following year.) Ray Fairall 1996: Tupac Shakur In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and mortally wounded on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later. JACK DEMPSEY 2005: New Orleans Katrina In 2005, police and soldiers went house to house in New Orleans to try to coax the last stubborn holdouts into leaving the storm-shattered city. RICK BOWMER 2005: William H. Rehnquist In 2005, President George W. Bush led the nation in a final tribute to William H. Rehnquist, remembering the late chief justice as the Supreme Court's steady leader and a man of lifetime integrity. PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS 2008: Fannie & Freddie In 2008, troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed in government conservatorship. Manuel Balce Ceneta 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: Addressing a Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati, President Barack Obama declared that modern benefits like paid leave, minimum wage and Social Security "all bear the union label" as he appealed to organized labor to help him win the health care fight in Congress. Charles Dharapak 2009: Pittsburgh Pirates Ten years ago: The Pittsburgh Pirates were assured of a record-breaking 17th straight losing season as they fell to the Chicago Cubs 4-2. (The Pirates would go on to have three more consecutive losing seasons before breaking the streak in 2013.) Gene J. Puskar 2014: Joan Rivers Funeral Five years ago: A star-studded funeral was held in New York for comedian Joan Rivers, who had died three days earlier at age 81. Craig Ruttle 2014: Nabil Elaraby Five years ago: The head of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, urged members to confront Islamic State extremists "militarily and politically." Amr Nabil 2014: Serena Williams Five years ago: Serena Williams won her third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major title overall, taking 75 minutes to beat good friend Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3. Darron Cummings 2017: Hurricane Irma In 2017, more than a half million people were ordered to leave South Florida as Hurricane Irma approached; Georgia's governor ordered nearly 540,000 coastal residents to move inland. HOGP 2017: Mexico Earthquake In 2017, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country's southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing at least 90 people. (A deadlier quake would strike central Mexico nearly two weeks later.) Felix Marquez 2018: George Papadopoulos One year ago: Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries. Jacquelyn Martin 2018: Italy Starbucks One year ago: Starbucks opened its first store in Italy, including a 22-foot bronze cask that was part of the roasting process. Luca Bruno 2018: Obama Midterms One year ago: In a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, former President Barack Obama blasted his successor's policies and his pattern of pressuring the Justice Department. Sara Burnett 2018: Trump New York Times One year ago: President Donald Trump, citing national security, called on the Justice Department to investigate and unmask the author of a critical New York Times opinion piece purportedly written by a member of an administration "resistance" movement. Richard Drew Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion Enter Today! Great Grocery Giveaway! promotion spotlight AP Are you ready for retirement?