Today is Sunday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2015 with 95 to follow.
The moon is full. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include statesman Samuel Adams in 1722; political cartoonist Thomas Nast in 1840; magician Harry Blackstone Sr. in 1885; composer Joseph McCarthy ("You Made Me Love You") in 1885; composer Vincent Youmans ("Tea for Two") in 1898; former U.S. Sen. Sam Ervin, D-N.C., in 1896; actor Jayne Meadows in 1919; filmmaker Arthur Penn in 1922; actor William Conrad in 1920; actor Sada Thompson in 1927; actor Greg Morris in 1933; actor Wilford Brimley in 1934 (age 81); golf Hall of Fame member Kathy Whitworth in 1939 (age 76); rock musician Randy Bachman in 1943 (age 72); singer Meat Loaf in 1947 (age 68); baseball Hall of Fame member Mike Schmidt in 1949 (age 66); actor/singer Shaun Cassidy in 1958 (age 57); gold medal-winning speed skater Beth Heiden in 1959 (age 56); actor Gwyneth Paltrow in 1972 (age 43); rapper Lil Wayne in 1982 (age 33); singer Avril Lavigne in 1984 (age 31).
On this date in history:
In 1540, the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits, was chartered by the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1825, in England, George Stephenson operated the first locomotive to pull a passenger train.
In 1935, 13-year-old Judy Garland signed her first contract with MGM.
In 1939, after 19 days of heavy air raids and artillery bombardment, Polish defenders of Warsaw surrendered to German forces.
In 1954, "The Tonight Show" made its television debut with host Steve Allen.
In 1964, the Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was released after a 10-month investigation, concluding that there was no conspiracy and that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, acted alone.
In 1987, mudslides in slum areas of Medellin, Colombia, killed up to 500 people.
In 1998, Gerhard Schroeder led Germany's Social Democratic Party to victory in parliamentary elections, bringing to an end 16 years of power by Chancellor Helmut Kohl and his Christian Democratic Party.
In 2008, Zhai Zhigang left the Shenzhou VII spacecraft and became the first Chinese astronaut to take a space walk.
In 2009, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was assured of a second term when her party, the Christian Democrats, easily won the nation's parliamentary elections. (Merkel began a third term in late 2013.)
In 2010, Jimi Heselden, 62, manufacturer of the upright Segway scooter, was killed in Britain when he apparently lost control of one of the two-wheeled, self-balancing machines and ran over a cliff into a river.
In 2011, an estimated 20,000 surface-to-air missiles said to be capable of shooting down a commercial jet were reported missing from unguarded army weapons warehouses in Libya.
In 2013, 60 people died in the collapse of a five-story building in Mumbai. Two other buildings fell in the city in the five previous months, killing a total of more than 80 people.
In 2014, Japan's Mount Entake volcano erupted, killing at least 56 people and injuring dozens of others. Hundreds escaped.
A thought for the day: "No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City." -- Michael Bloomberg.