Today is Thursday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2015 with 119 to follow.
The moon is waning. Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include teacher Prudence Crandall, controversial for her efforts to educate black girls, in 1803; architect Louis Sullivan, called the father of the skyscraper, in 1856; automobile designer Ferdinand Porsche in 1875; actor Alan Ladd in 1913; actor/singer Kitty Carlisle in 1910; cartoonist Mort Walker ("Beetle Bailey") in 1923 (age 92); Albert DeSalvo, known as the Boston Strangler, in 1931; actor Anne Jackson in 1926 (age 89); actor Irene Papas in 1926 (age 89); actor Eileen Brennan in 1932; actor Pauline Collins in 1940 (age 75), musician Al Jardine (Beach Boys) in 1942 (age 73); actor Valerie Perrine in 1943 (age 72); actor Charlie Sheen in 1965 (age 50); Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White in 1986 (age 29).
On this date in history:
In 1777, the U.S. flag was flown in battle for the first time during a Revolutionary War conflict at Cooch's Bridge, Del.
In 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the American Revolutionary War and recognizing U.S. independence from Britain.
In 1916, the Allies turned back the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.
In 1936, Britain's Malcolm Campbell set a land-speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, averaging 301.129 mph in two runs.
In 1939, Britain declared war on Germany and was quickly joined by France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.
In 1942, Frank Sinatra began his solo singing career after leaving Tommy Dorsey's orchestra.
In 1991, film director Frank Capra, best known for such feel-good movies as "It Happened One Night" and "It's a Wonderful Life," died at the age of 94.
In 1997, Arizona Gov. Fife Symington was convicted of fraud by a federal jury in Phoenix. (He resigned two days later.)
In 2004, a three-day school crisis ended in a 13-hour battle between security forces that stormed a school building in Beslan, Russia, and Chechen terrorists who had opened fire on hostages. Nearly 350 people, including about 155 children, were killed. All but one of the 31 suspected hostage-takers also died.
In 2012, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, died in South Korea. He was 92.
In 2013, Ariel Castro, 53, who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for holding three young women captive for a decade, and sexually assaulting them, hanged himself in his cell at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.
In 2014, Pakistan's army said more than 900 militants had been killed in a military mission that began in June in North Waziristan. The army said it lost 82 soldiers in the operation.
A thought for the day: Bill Clinton said, "The future is not an inheritance, it is an opportunity and an obligation."