Today is Friday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2014 with 117 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include French King Louis XIV in 1638; outlaw Jesse James in 1847; distiller Jack Daniel in 1846; baseball Hall of Fame member Napoleon Lajoie in 1874; marketing research engineer A.C. Nielsen in 1897; movie producer Darryl F. Zanuck in 1902; Hungarian-born author Arthur Koestler in 1905; retired Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker in 1927 (age 87); comedian Bob Newhart in 1929 (age 85); singer/actor Carol Lawrence in 1932 (age 82); film director Werner Herzog in 1942 (age 72); singer/songwriters Al Stewart in 1945 (age 69) and Loudon Wainwright III in 1946 (age 68); Rock and Roll Hall of fame member Freddie Mercury (Queen) in 1946; cartoonist Cathy Guisewite in 1950 (age 64); actors William Devane in 1937 (age 77), George Lazenby in 1939 (age 75); Raquel Welch in 1940 (age 74), Dennis Dugan in 1946 (age 68) and Michael Keaton in 1951 (age 63); and rock musician Dweezil Zappa (son of musician-composer Frank Zappa), in 1969 (age 45).
On this date in history:
In 1774, the first Continental Congress convened in secret in Philadelphia.
In 1882, 10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade -- in New York City.
In 1877, Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse was fatally bayoneted by a U.S. soldier after resisting confinement in a guardhouse at Fort Robinson, Neb. A year earlier, Crazy Horse was among the Sioux leaders who defeated George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory.
In 1935, singing cowboy Gene Autry starred in his first Western feature, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."
In 1972, Palestinian militants invaded the Olympic Village outside Munich, West Germany, and killed 11 Israeli athletes and six other people.
In 1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, failed in an attempt to shoot U.S. President Gerald Ford. (Fromme was paroled in 2009 after 34 years in prison.)
In 1995, France conducted an underground nuclear test at the Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific. It was the first of several -- all of which were met by protests worldwide.
In 1997, Mother Teresa died at age 87.
In 2006, Katie Couric, longtime co-host of the NBC Today Show, became the first solo female anchor on a major U.S. television network when she took over the "CBS Evening News."
In 2007, wealthy, record-setting U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett, 63, vanished on a short flight in western Nevada. (He was declared dead five months later.) Among his many records, he was the first person to fly around the world solo in a balloon and first to fly around the globe solo without refueling.
In 2012, a suitcase containing a human torso was found floating in Lake Ontario. Police said the remains, and other body parts discovered in Toronto-area parks and waterways, were those of Guang Hua Liu, 41, missing since mid-August. Her former boyfriend, Chun Qi Jiang, 40, was arrested. (He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.)
In 2013, Walmart workers staged protests in at least 15 cities. They said they wanted better jobs and higher pay (at least $25,000 for full-time employees). A Walmart representative called the protests "a handful of union-orchestrated media stunts."
A thought for the day: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion." – Nelson Mandela