Today is Tuesday, Sept. 6, the 250th day of 2016 with 116 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Venus, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Neptune.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolutionary War, in 1757; pioneer social worker/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jane Addams in 1860; financier/diplomat Joseph P. Kennedy in 1888; theatrical producer Billy Rose in 1899; comedienne Jo Anne Worley in 1937 (age 79); singer/songwriter David Allen Coe in 1939 (age 77); musician Rogers Waters (Pink Floyd) in 1943 (age 73); actor Swoosie Kurtz in 1944 (age 72); actor Jane Curtin in 1947 (age 69); business executive Carly Fiorina in 1954 (age 62); comedian Jeff Foxworthy in 1958 (age 58); comedian Michael Winslow in 1958 (age 58); singer/actor Rosie Perez in 1964 (age 52); singer Macy Gray in 1967 (age 49); actor Justin Whalin in 1974 (age 42); rapper Foxy Brown in 1978 (age 38); British socialite Pippa Middleton in 1983 (age 33).
On this date in history:
In 1522, one of Ferdinand Magellan's five ships -- the Vittoria -- arrived at Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain, completing the first circumnavigation of the world.
In 1620, 149 Pilgrims set sail from England aboard the Mayflower, bound for the New World.
In 1901, U.S. President William McKinley was shot by an anarchist at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. McKinley died eight days later.
In 1966, South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, an architect of his nation's apartheid policies, was stabbed to death by a deranged messenger during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town.
In 1995, the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee unanimously recommended that Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., be expelled from the Senate on charges of sexual misconduct and influence-peddling. (He resigned two days later.)
In 1995, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., played his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking the record set in 1939 by Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees. Ripken voluntarily ended his streak at 2,362 games in 1998.
In 2003, an unemployed electrician was charged in the bombing of an open market in Omagh, Northern Ireland, that killed 29 people and injured 220.
In 2007, Luciano Pavarotti, one of opera's foremost tenors, died of cancer at his home in Modena, Italy. He was 71.
In 2008, Asif Ali Zardari, husband of slain politician Benazir Bhutto, was elected president of Pakistan by a wide margin. Bhutto, a two-time prime minister who had returned from self-imposed exile a short time earlier, was assassinated two weeks before the 2007 presidential election in which she was a leading candidate.
In 2010, officials said they feared as many as 270 people died in two weekend riverboat accidents in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2012, a jury in Joliet, Ill., found Drew Peterson, a former police sergeant, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison.
In 2013, on the last day of a G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama called a recent chemical weapons attack in Syria a "challenge to the world." U.S. officials said they believed Syrian government forces used the poisonous gas. Russian President Vladimir Putin, also at the summit, said Syrian rebels were responsible.
In 2014, occupants of hundreds of homes were either ordered or advised to evacuate while crews battled a lightning-caused wildfire (the Meadow Fire) about 15 miles from Yosemite National Park in California. Although the fire eventually covered almost 5,000 acres, authorities said there were no fatalities or serious injuries and no major structural damage was reported.
A thought for the day: "We are bound together by the most powerful of all ties -- our fervent love for freedom and independence, which knows no homeland but the human heart." -- Gerald R. Ford