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Published Sep 2, 2012 at 05:00AM

Happenings

• Human rights activists plan two rallies in Washington, D.C.: one, in front of the White House, condemning the violence in Syria; the other nearby to highlight a humanitarian crisis in Tibet.

• Venezuela holds a nationwide voting drill to test procedures ahead of the presidential election in October, when the embattled and ailing Hugo Chavez will seek to extend almost 14 years in power.

• As many as 50,000 people are expected to attend the second and final day of the Made In America outdoor music festival in Philadelphia.

In History

Highlights: In 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out. In 1935, a Labor Day hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives. In 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.

Ten years ago: Negotiators at the World Summit in South Africa agreed on a plan geared to help the globe’s poorest people while reversing environmental declines.

Five years ago: The ranking U.S. envoy said North Korea had agreed to account for and disable its atomic programs by the end of the year; the head of the North Korean delegation said his country’s willingness to cooperate was clear, but he did not cite any dates.

One year ago: In a dramatic reversal, President Barack Obama scrubbed a proposed clean-air regulation aimed at reducing smog.

It’s Sunday, Sept. 2, the 246th day of 2012. There are 120 days left in the year.

Birthdays

Dancer-actress Marge Champion is 93. Jazz musician Horace Silver is 84. Singer Jimmy Clanton is 72. Singer Joe Simon is 69. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 64. Basketball Hall of Famer Nate Archibald is 64. Actor Mark Harmon is 61. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is 61. Actor Keanu Reeves is 48. Actress Salma Hayek is 46. Actor Michael Lombardi is 38.

— From wire reports

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