spotlight Highlights from history: Sept. 2 Sep 2, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1864: Gen. Sherman Atlanta In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1930: Nonstop flight from Europe to U.S. In 1930, the first nonstop airplane flight from Europe to the U.S. was completed in 37 hours as Capt. Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte of France arrived in Valley Stream, New York, aboard their Breguet 19 biplane, which bore the symbol of a large question mark. AP 1945: Japan surrender In 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. AP 1960: Wilma Rudolph In 1960, Wilma Rudolph of the United States won the first of her three gold medals at the Rome Summer Olympics as she finished the 100-meter dash in 11 seconds. AP 1963: "The CBS Evening News" In 1963, "The CBS Evening News" with Walter Cronkite was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming network television's first half-hour nightly newscast. ROBERT WALSH 1963: Tuskegee High School In 1963, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers. Horace Cort 1969: First ATM On Sept. 2, 1969, the first automatic teller machine (ATM) to utilize magnetic-striped cards was opened to the public at Chemical Bank in New York. (Called a "Docuteller," it was developed by Donald C. Wetzel.) ERNEST K. BENNETT 1969: Internet On Sept. 2, 1969, in what some regard as the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, passed test data through a 15-foot cable. MARK J. TERRILL 1998: Swissair crash In 1998, a Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard. STEVEN SENNE 2001: Troy Donahue In 2001, actor Troy Donahue, a one-time teen movie idol, died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 65. Mark Avery 2004: George W. Bush In 2004, President George W. Bush pledged "a safer world and a more hopeful America" as he accepted his party's nomination for a second term at the Republican National Convention in New York. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE 2005: National Guard Katrina In 2005, a National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina. ERIC GAY 2005: New Orleans In 2005, scorched by criticism about sluggish federal help, President George W. Bush toured the Gulf Coast and met with state and local officials, including New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin; at one point, Bush praised FEMA Director Michael Brown, telling him, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." SUSAN WALSH 2009: Afghanistan mosque bombing Ten years ago: A Taliban suicide bomber attacked officials leaving a mosque in Afghanistan, killing the country's deputy intelligence chief and 23 others. Rahmat Gul 2009: Indonesia Earthquake Ten years ago: A magnitude-7.0 earthquake rocked Indonesia, killing dozens of people. Irwin Fedriansyah 2009: Mexico Drug War Ten years ago: Gunmen killed 17 people at a drug rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez (SEE'-yoo-dahd wahr-EHZ'), Mexico. Anonymous 2009: Pfizer Ten years ago: Pfizer agreed to pay a record $2.3 billion settlement for illegal drug promotion. DAVE WEAVER 2013: Diana Nyad In 2013, on her fifth try, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. J Pat Carter 2014: Jennifer Lawrence Five years ago: Apple said that hackers had obtained nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services. Charles Sykes 2014: Syria Slain Journalist Five years ago: Islamic State group extremists released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, and warned President Barack Obama against further U.S. airstrikes on the group. John Raoux 2018: Brazil Museum Fire One year ago: A huge fire engulfed Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, as firefighters and museum workers raced to save historical relics. Leo Correa 2018: John McCain One year ago: Sen. John McCain was laid to rest on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy, after a horse-drawn caisson carrying the senator's casket led a procession of mourners from the academy's chapel to its cemetery. 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