Today is Thursday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2015 with 91 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include Navy Capt. James Lawrence, hero of the War of 1812, in 1781; aerospace entrepreneur William Boeing in 1881; novelist Faith Baldwin in 1893; pianist Vladimir Horowitz in 1903; outlaw Bonnie Parker in 1910; historian Daniel Boorstin in 1914; Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, in 1924 (age 90); former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, also in 1924; baseball Hall of Fame member Rod Carew in 1945 (age 69); actors Walter Matthau in 1920, James Whitmore in 1921, Tom Bosley in 1927, George Peppard and Laurence Harvey, both in 1928, Richard Harris in 1930, Julie Andrews in 1935 (age 80), Stella Stevens in 1938 (age 77), Stephen Collins in 1947 (age 68), Randy Quaid in 1950 (age 65), Esai Morales in 1962 (age 53), Zach Galifianakis in 1969 (age 46) and Brie Larson in 1989 (age 26); and former home run leader Mark McGwire in 1963 (age 52).
On this date in history:
In 1890, legislation is signed by President Benjamin Harrison, creating Yosemite National Park, making it the nation's third National Park.
In 1903, the first World Series opened in Boston. It was a best-of-nine competition, won by the Boston Pilgrims of the American League over the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League.
In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model-T automobile, selling it for $825, and changing the way Americans would travel throughout the country.
In 1918, Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence, better known as "Lawrence of Arabia," capture Damascus. Lawrence would prove instrumental in the establishment of a provisional Arab government under Prince Faisal.
In 1938, Nazi troops march into the Sudetenland, annexing the German-speaking border regions of Czechoslovakia.
In 1992, Dallas billionaire Ross Perot announced his candidacy for the presidency. He called his group the Reform Party.
In 1995, 10 Muslims were convicted of conspiring to conduct a terrorist campaign in the New York City area aimed at forcing the United States to drop its support of Egypt and Israel.
In 2005, 36 people, mostly foreign tourists, died in explosions at two resort restaurants on the island of Bali. More than 100 others were injured.
In 2010, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel resigned to run for mayor of Chicago. (He was elected.)
In 2011, about 400 Occupy Wall Street protesters, close to half of those who took part in demanding U.S. social and economic policy change, were arrested by New York City police when they blocked traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge.
In 2012, the White House announced that a national monument would be built in California honoring labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, who died in 1993. President Barack Obama said Chavez "gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere."
In 2013, a 16-day partial shutdown of the U.S. government began after Congress failed to approve a spending bill. (The Office of Management and Budget later estimated the shutdown cost taxpayers $2 billion.)
A thought for the day: "It's ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves." -- Cesar Chavez