Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 264th day of 2016 with 102 to follow.
The moon is waning. 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 Virgo. They include Italian pacifist/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ernesto Teodoro Moneta in 1833; novelist Upton Sinclair in 1878; Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Australian nurse who pioneered the care of polio victims, in 1880; musician Jelly Roll Morton in 1885, basketball Hall of Fame Coach Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach in 1917; actor Fernando Rey in 1917; fashion designer James Galanos in 1924 (age 92), actor Anne Meara in 1929; actor Sophia Loren in 1934 (age 82); writer George R.R. Martin in 1948 (age 68); hockey Hall of Fame member Guy Lafleur in 1951 (age 65); actor Gary Cole in 1956 (age 60); actor Kristen Johnston in 1967 (age 49); musicians Gunnar and Matthew Nelson in 1967 (age 49); actor/producer Aaron Paul in 1979 (age 37).
On this date in history:
In 1946, the first Cannes Film Festival opened on the French Riviera. An earlier attempt (in 1939) to begin the international movie showcase was halted by the outbreak of World War II.
In 1966, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched the Cunard liner bearing her name, often shortened to QE-2. It eventually became the only ocean liner on the once thriving trans-Atlantic route.
In 1984, Muslim militants bombed the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 23 people. It was the third terrorist attack on U.S. installations in the city in 17 months.
In 2000, the six-year Whitewater investigation of U.S. President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton ended without any indictments being issued. Independent Counsel Robert Ray said there was insufficient evidence to establish criminal wrongdoing.
In 2011, the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on openly gay U.S. service members was officially repealed at 1 minute past midnight, ending a policy under which about 14,000 men and women were discharged. The controversial 1993 law had allowed gays to serve only if they kept their sexual orientation private.
In 2013, Chicago police said at least three people were killed and 23 wounded -- 13 in one gang-related outburst of gunfire in a park -- in a two-day spate of shootings. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said it was "a miracle there has been no fatality" in the park attack. One of the victims was a 3-year-old boy, shot in the head. Days later, the child's mother said he would need surgery many times in the years ahead.
In 2014, the Vatican announced that Blase J. Cupich, bishop of Spokane, Wash., would become the archbishop of Chicago in November, succeeding the ailing Cardinal Francis George, who headed the 2.3-million-member diocese for 17 years.
A thought for the day: " It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life." -- Sophia Loren