The almanac

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2013 with 105 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Jupiter and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include the second chief justice of the United States, John Rutledge in 1739; Norwegian historian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Christian Lous Lange in 1869; radio news commentator Gabriel Heatter in 1890; Marriott Corp. founder J. Willard Marriott in 1900; former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1907; country music pioneer Hank Williams Sr. in 1923; football Hall of Fame member George Blanda in 1927; race car driver Stirling Moss in 1929 (age 84); actors Roddy McDowall in 1928, David Huddleston in 1930 (age 83), Anne Bancroft in 1931 and Dorothy Loudon in 1933; tennis Hall of Fame member Maureen Connolly in 1934; author Ken Kesey in 1935; baseball Hall of Fame member Orlando Cepeda in 1937 (age 76); former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter in 1939 (age 74); basketball Hall of Fame member Phil Jackson, coach of 11 NBA champions, in 1945 (age 68); cartoonist Jeff MacNelly in 1947; actor John Ritter in 1948; spooky movie hostess Elvira, whose real name is Cassandra Peterson, in 1951 (age 62); actor/comedian Rita Rudner in 1953 (age 60); designer and television host Nate Berkus in 1971 (age 42); and NHL star Alex Ovechkin in 1985 (age 28).


On this date in history:

In 1787, the U.S. Constitution, completed in Philadelphia, was signed by a majority of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

In 1862, Union forces led by Gen. George McClellan attacked Confederate troops led by Gen. Robert E. Lee near Antietam Creek in Maryland. McClellan blocked Lee's advance on Washington but fell short of victory.

In 1939, Soviet troops invaded Poland, 16 days after Nazi Germany moved into the same country.

In 1976, NASA displayed its first space shuttle, the Enterprise, an airplane-like spacecraft costing almost $10 billion that took nearly a decade to develop.

In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords, laying the groundwork for a permanent peace agreement between Egypt and Israel after three decades of hostilities.

In 1983, Vanessa Williams of New York became the first African-American to be named Miss America. She resigned 11 months later after nude photos were published but regained stardom as a singer and actress.

In 1991, North Korea, South Korea, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were admitted to the United Nations.


In 1993, Cambodia's two leading political parties agreed that Prince Norodom Sihanouk would lead the nation. Sihanouk was installed as king a week later.

In 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush said Osama bin Laden, the suspected ringleader in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was "wanted dead or alive."

In 2004, the death toll from Hurricane Ivan was put at 38 in the United States and 75 in at the Caribbean.

In 2008, the Paralympic Games for athletes with disabilities came to a close in Beijing after about 4,000 competitors vied in 20 sports. Top individual performer was Australian swimmer Matt Cowdrey, an arm amputee from birth who captured five gold and three silver medals.

In 2009, final unofficial results from Afghanistan's controversial presidential election indicated that incumbent Hamid Karzai got 54.6 percent of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff.

In 2010, six suspects were arrested in what was described as a potential terror plot against Pope Benedict XVI during his London visit.

In 2011, a widespread U.S. outbreak of listeria food poisoning was traced to contaminated cantaloupes sold by a Colorado company that recalled millions of melons. Officials said about two dozen people had died of listeriosis in 20 states.


In 2012, joint military operations between the United States and Afghanistan were suspended after an insider attack killed four Americans. "We're to the point now where we can't trust these people," a senior military official said.

A thought for the day: French aviator and writer Antoine Marie Roger de Saint-Exupery said, "Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction."

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