Today is Monday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2017 with 97 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include HMS Bounty mutiny leader Fletcher Christian in 1764; novelist William Faulkner in 1897; Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in 1906; convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg in 1915; TV personality Barbara Walters in 1929 (age 88); humorist Shel Silverstein in 1930; Canadian composer Glenn Gould in 1932; actor Robert Walden in 1943 (age 74); actor/producer Michael Douglas in 1944 (age 73); model Cheryl Tiegs in 1947 (age 70); actor Anson Williams in 1949 (age 68); director Pedro Almodovar in 1949 (age 68); actor Mark Hamill in 1951 (age 66); actor Christopher Reeve in 1952; TV personality Jamie Hyneman in 1956 (age 61); actor Heather Locklear in 1961 (age 56); actor Tate Donovan in 1963 (age 54); actor Maria Doyle Kennedy in 1964 (age 51); basketball Hall of Fame member Scottie Pippen in 1965 (age 52); actor Will Smith in 1968 (age 49); actor Catherine Zeta-Jones in 1969 (age 48); actor and TV host Hal Sparks in 1969 (age 48); actor Clea DuVall in 1977 (age 40); rapper T.I. in 1980 (age 37); actor Donald Glover in 1983 (age 34); actor Annabelle Wallis in 1984 (age 33).
On this date in history:
In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and became the first known European to see the Pacific Ocean.
In 1690, the first American newspaper, called Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic, appeared in Boston.
In 1789, the first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten were ratified and became known as The Bill of Rights.
In 1882, the first Major League Baseball doubleheader was played between the Providence, R.I., and Worchester, Mass., teams.
In 1957, under escort from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, nine black students entered all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
In 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 crashed in San Diego after colliding with a small Cessna aircraft. The crash killed 144 people, including seven on the ground.
In 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice.
In 1984, Jordan announced it would restore relations with Egypt, something no Arab country had done since 17 Arab nations broke relations with Cairo over the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty of 1979.
In 1992, a judge in Orlando, Fla., granted a 12-year-old boy’s precedent-setting petition to “divorce” his mother.
In 1996, Israeli police opened fire on Palestinians rioting over a new tunnel entrance beneath the Temple Mount. The fighting ended four days later, with about 70 people killed and hundreds injured.
In 2004, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said more than 1 million people relocated by the Darfur conflict in Sudan were living in a “climate of fear.”
In 2008, federal regulators seized Washington Mutual in what officials said was the biggest bank failure in U.S. history.
In 2010, a federal judge gave California the go-ahead to resume executions after an almost five-year ban while procedures were reformed and a new death chamber was built.
In 2011, Saudi Arabian King Abdullah granted women the right to vote and run for local office in future elections, starting in 2015, but turned down a bid for them to be allowed to drive.
In 2012, China christened its first aircraft carrier. Officials said it would be used for training and testing but critics said it was a waste of money and likely would never be used in combat.
In 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced he was resigning after six years in the post. He said he would stay on until a successor was named. Loretta Lynch was sworn-in to the office in April 2015.
A thought for the day: “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” — Thomas Jefferson