On this day: September 3

Published On: Aug 31 2012 03:15:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 03 2014 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 - Beslan school crisis
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2004: A hostage crisis in its third day at a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, in Russia's Caucasus, ends with Russian security forces storming the building after several explosions are heard. A total of 334 hostages, including 186 children, and 31 hostage-takers were killed in the incident. The crisis had begun on Sept. 1 with armed Islamic separatist militants, mostly Ingush and Chechen, taking more than 1,100 people hostage, including 777 children, hostage at the school. Pictured is a memorial in the school's gym.

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