On this day: September 3

Published On: Aug 31 2012 03:15:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 03 2016 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 - Mario Lemieux
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1999: Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially takes over the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins after buying the team out of bankruptcy. The then-retired Lemieux becomes the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for. Lemieux would come back to play with the team in 2000 before retiring for good in January 2006.

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