Today is Tuesday, Sept. 11, the 255th day of 2012 with 111 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Venus, Jupiter and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Mars.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include German optician Carl Zeiss in 1816; short story writer O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) in 1862; British author D.H. Lawrence in 1885; Jimmie Davis, former Louisiana governor and songwriter ("You Are My Sunshine") in 1899; University of Alabama Football Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in 1913; former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in 1917; Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Tom Landry in 1924; U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, also in 1924 (age 88); filmmaker Brian De Palma in 1940 (age 72); entertainer Lola Falana in 1942 (age 70); rock musician Mickey Hart in 1943 (age 69); guitarist Leo Kottke in 1945 (age 67); actors Amy Madigan in 1950 (age 62), Virginia Madsen in 1961 (age 51); Kristy McNichol in 1962 (age 50); Syrian President Bassar Assad in 1965 (age 47); singer Moby, born Richard Hall, also in 1965 (age 47); actor/singer Harry Connick Jr. in 1967 (age 45); and rapper Ludacris in 1977 (age 35).
On this date in history:
In 1777, troops commanded by Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British under Gen. William Howe in the Battle of Brandywine.
In 1847, Stephen Foster's first hit, "Oh! Susanna," had its debut at a concert in a Pittsburgh saloon and soon became standard for minstrel troupes.
In 1921, Fatty Arbuckle, one of the foremost comedians of the silent movie days, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of a starlet in an alleged sexual assault during a wild drinking party. Arbuckle eventually was cleared but his career had been ruined.
In 1959, Congress passed a bill authorizing food stamps for low-income Americans.
In 1973, the elected Socialist government of Salvador Allende of Chile was toppled in a right-wing military coup supported by the CIA. Allende died, reportedly by his own hand.
In 1998, as the U.S. House of Representatives voted to release the text of the Starr report, U.S. President Bill Clinton told religious leaders that he had sinned.
In 2001, Islamic terrorists attacked the United States, crashing two hijacked airliners into the twin towers at New York's World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon outside Washington. A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania, apparently en route to Washington, when passengers attacked their captors. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, most of them in the trade center towers, which collapsed.
U.S. President George W. Bush pledged to destroy the responsible terrorist organizations and the regimes that supported them. Osama bin Laden, a wealthy anti-American Saudi exile operating out of Afghanistan and leader of al-Qaida, a shadowy, far-flung terrorist organization, was identified as the ringleader of the attacks.
In 2002, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, under German indictment on 3,000 charges of murder stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was arrested in Pakistan with others allegedly linked to al-Qaida.
In 2004, Hurricane Ivan pounded Jamaica, popping roofs off houses, downing hundreds of trees and sending 23-foot waves ashore. The storm's death toll stood at 37 as it headed toward the Cayman Islands and Cuba.
In 2006, in a series of speeches commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, U.S. President George W. Bush defended his decision to invade Iraq, an act he said had made the United States safer and likened the fight against terrorism to conflicts with Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
In 2009, ACORN, the giant U.S. community reform association began losing major financial backing after videos surfaced allegedly showing employees counseling illegal activity.
Also in 2009, former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian was sentenced to life in prison for embezzlement, bribe taking and money laundering on a corruption conviction. Chen and his wife, who also drew life in prison for corruption, were fined more than $15 million.
In 2011, the National 9/11 Memorial was dedicated in New York City's lower Manhattan on the spot where once stood the iconic Twin Towers, destroyed 10 years earlier by terrorists, killing nearly 3,000 people. The memorial features the nation's largest man-made waterfalls cascading into two sunken pools marking footprints of the decimated skyscrapers with 2,980 names nearby, etched in granite.
Also in 2011, radiation leakage from a Japanese nuclear plant after the March earthquake and tsunami was reported to be three times higher than first thought, officials said.
A thought for the day: "This is not only an attack on the United States but an attack on the civilized world," proclaimed German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assaults on New York and Washington.