On this day: September 1

Posted: 3:26 PM EDT Jul 31, 2014   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Sep 01, 2016

The last passenger pigeon dies, World War II begins, the Soviet Union shoots down a Korean airliner, and the wreck of the Titanic is discovered, all on this day.

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2015: Actor Dean Jones, best known for his light-hearted leading roles in several Walt Disney movies in the 1960s and '70s, including "The Love Bug," "That Darn Cat!" and "Blackbeard's Ghost," dies of Parkinson's disease at age 84 in Los Angeles.

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