spotlight Highlights from history: Sept. 1 Sep 1, 2019 0 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. 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