Sept. 7 (UPI) — On this date in history:
In 1822, Brazil declared independence from Portugal.
In 1892, James Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round of a prizefight at New Orleans, the first major fight under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.
In 1901, the Boxer Rebellion in China ended with the Boxer Protocol, a peace agreement between China and other world powers.
In 1926, Hollywood studios closed for the day in honor of the funeral of Rudolph Valentino, the silent movie superstarafter ulcer surgery.
In 1940, Nazi Germany, bombings that Adolf Hitler believed would soften Britain for invasion. The invasion never materialized.
In 1943, a fire swept through the Gulf Hotel in Houston,, many of whom were homeless.
In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio. The inaugural inductees included George Halas and Harold “Red” Grange.
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In 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijosagreeing to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
In 1986, Desmond Tutu was installed as the, becoming first black titular head of South Africa’s fourth-largest Christian church.
In 1992,when a twin-engine plane carrying skydivers crashed in a soybean field in Hinckley, Ill.
In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakurafter being shot four times in Las Vegas. Shakur died six days later.
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In 2006, longtime British Prime Minister Tony Blairwithin one year.
In 2007, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego agreed toto 144 people who said they were sexually abused by members of the clergy.
In 2009, the British government convicted three men of plotting to blow up seven trans-Atlantic flights, smuggling explosives aboard in soft drink bottles, a plan that led to tighter airline regulations on carry-on bottles of liquid.
In 2011, a plane crash near the Russian city of Yaroslavl, including almost the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team. Several of the victims had ties to North America’s National Hockey League. A member of the aircraft’s crew was the only survivor.
In 2013, Tokyo was chosen to.
In 2014, American tennis star Serena Williams won the U.S. Open for the third straight year, defeating Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3.
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