This Day in History: Sept. 5

In 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. tied Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played. Ripken broke the record the next day, and went on to play a total of 2,632 consecutive games before voluntarily ending his streak in 1998. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun photo)

1698: Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.

1882: The nation’s first Labor Day parade was held in New York.

1957: The novel “On the Road,” by Beat writer Jack Kerouac was first published.

1999: “Candid Camera” creator Allen Funt died in Pebble Beach, Calif., at age 84.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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