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On this day: September 3

Published On: Aug 31 2012 03:15:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 03 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The American Revolutionary War ends, baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb collects his last hit, the Allies declare war on Germany during World War II, and a U.S. Supreme Court chief justice dies, all on this day.

OTD September 3 - William Rehnquist
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2005: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist dies from thyroid cancer at age 80 at his Arlington, Va., home. He first joined the Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1972, being appointed by President Richard Nixon. Rehnquist served as chief justice for nearly 19 years, making him the fourth-longest-serving chief justice after John Marshall, Roger Taney and Melville Fuller, and the longest-serving chief justice who had previously served as an associate justice.

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