spotlight Highlights from history: Sept. 4 Sep 4, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1944: WWII Belgium In 1944, during World War II, British troops liberated Antwerp, Belgium. AP 1951: Japanese peace treaty conference In 1951, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast. Anonymous 1957: Integration Faubus In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus used Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock. Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel. Anonymous 1969: Birth Control In 1969, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report calling birth control pills "safe," despite a slight risk of fatal blood-clotting disorders linked to the pills. Jerry Mosey 1971: Alaskan Airlines Crash In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing all 111 people on board. RHM 1972: "The New Price Is Right" In 1972, "The New Price Is Right," hosted by Bob Barker, premiered on CBS. (The game show later dropped the "New" from its title and expanded from a half-hour to an hour.) Lennox McLendon 1987: Mathias Rust In 1987, a Soviet court convicted West German pilot Mathias Rust of charges stemming from his daring flight to Moscow's Red Square, and sentenced him to four years in a labor camp. (Rust was released in August 1988.) EuroAPHS 1998: Google On Sept. 4, 1998, Internet services company Google filed for incorporation in California. BEN MARGOT 1999: Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt In 1999, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a breakthrough land-for-security agreement during a ceremony in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. DIMITRI MESSINIS 2006: Steve Irwin In 2006, "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, 44, died after a stingray's barb pierced his chest. STEVE HOLLAND 2008: John McCain In 2008, with a pledge that "change is coming," Sen. John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, vowing to vanquish what he called the "constant partisan rancor" gripping Washington. Paul Sancya 2008: Kwame Kilpatrick In 2008, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a sex scandal, forcing the Democrat out of office after months of defiantly holding onto his job. Carlos Osorio 2009: Amazon One year ago: Amazon became the second publicly-traded company to reach $1 trillion in market value, following closely behind Apple. Mark Lennihan 2009: Germany Afghan Airstrike Ten years ago: A German army colonel called in a U.S. airstrike on a pair of hijacked tanker trucks in northern Afghanistan, resulting in civilian casualties. (German officials said up to 142 people were believed to have died or been injured; Afghan leaders estimated 30 to 40 civilians were killed.) Anonymous 2014: Joan Rivers Five years ago: Comedian Joan Rivers died at a New York hospital at age 81, a week after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor's office during a routine medical procedure. Dan Steinberg 2017: Hurricane Harvey In 2017, Texas emergency management officials said at least 60 deaths were attributed to Hurricane Harvey. David J. Phillip 2018: Brett Kavanaugh One year ago: The Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on a day that saw rancorous exchanges between Democrats and Republicans on the panel, and a declaration by Kavanaugh that the high court must "never be viewed as a partisan institution." (Kavanaugh would be confirmed in October on a near-party-line vote of 50-48.) J. Scott Applewhite 2018: Jon Kyl One year ago: Former Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl was named to temporarily fill the Senate seat left open by the death of John McCain. Cliff Owen Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight Which season suits you best? promotion spotlight AP What type of Halloween candy are you? More Latest Local Offers Marty's Inc We sell cars in the $5,000-$10,000 price range! Stoken Wagner Ophthalmic Associates Need new glasses or contacts? Call today to schedule an appointment!