Today is Thursday, Sept. 7, the 250th of 2006 with 115 to follow.
The moon is full. The morning stars are Saturn and Venus. The evening stars are Neptune, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include England's Queen Elizabeth I in 1533; American primitive painter Anna "Grandma" Moses in 1860; financier J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. in 1867; heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey in 1908 (age 98); film director Elia Kazan in 1909; physicist and rocket developer James Van Allen in 1914; actor Peter Lawford in 1923; Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, in 1924 (age 82); rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly in 1936; actors John Philip Law ("The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming") in 1937 (age 69), Richard Roundtree in 1942 (age 64); Julie Kavner in 1951 (age 55) and Corbin Bernsen in 1954 (age 52); and musician Michael Feinstein in 1956 (age 50).
On this date in history:
In 1822, Brazil declared independence from Portugal.
In 1901, the Boxer Rebellion in China ended with the Boxer Protocol.
In 1926, Hollywood studios closed for the day in honor of the funeral of Rudolph Valentino, the silent movie superstar who had died after ulcer surgery.
In 1940, Nazi Germany launched the London blitz, a bombing that Adolf Hitler believed would soften Britain for invasion. The invasion never materialized.
In 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos signed a treaty agreeing to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
In 1986, Desmond Tutu was installed as the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, becoming first black titular head of South Africa's fourth-largest Christian church.
In 1992, black soldiers in the South African homeland of Ciskei killed 23 people and wounded nearly 200 others when they fired on thousands of African National Congress supporters.
Also in 1992, 12 people were killed when a twin-engine plane carrying skydivers crashed in a soybean field in Hinckley, Ill.
In 1993, South Africa's ruling National Party agreed to share power with a multi-party council that would be established within two months.
In 1996, "Dr. Death" Jack Kevorkian assisted in a 40th suicide in Michigan.
In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush asked Congress for $87 billion to pay for the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq.
In 2004, the U.S. military death toll in Iraq passed the 1,000 mark.
Also in 2004, September's third hurricane, named Ivan, struck Grenada with 150 mph sustained winds, killing about 40 people, and headed toward the United States.
In 2005, authorities report finding 32 bodies drowned in a New Orleans nursing home where people did not evacuate in face of the rampaging floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina.
Also in 2005, a U.S. grand jury indicted a Georgian man for allegedly trying to kill U.S. President George Bush with a hand grenade during a Bush visit to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in May. The grenade failed to detonate.
And, a report to the United Nations cited alleged corruption in the U.N.'s administration of the oil-for-food program in which Iraq under Saddam Hussein could sell a limited amount of oil ostensibly for humanitarian needs such as food and medicine.
A thought for the day: American lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster said, "Knowledge is the only fountain both of the love and the principles of human liberty."