On this day in history

Every date throughout the year has some significance – from historical moments to celebrity news to sports trivia. Read below to find out what important events occurred on September 5 throughout history:

In 1774, the First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia where delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies discussed grievances with Britain.

In 1882, the first Labor Day parade was held in New York City where 10,000 workers assembled and marched through the streets.

In 1901, the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, now known as Minor League Baseball, was formed in Chicago.

In 1939, the U.S. declared its neutrality in World War II.

In 1940, Raquel Welch, a popular American actress in the 60s and 70s, was born.

In 1983, Tom Brokaw became the lead anchor for NBC Nightly News.

In 1997, Mother Teresa, a humanitarian who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, died.

And at GW … in 2000, GW celebrated the groundbreaking of construction of the Elliott School of International Affairs building on E Street. At the ceremony, Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodriguez was given an honorary law degree.

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