Today is Wednesday, Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2016 with 94 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 Libra. They include Frances Willard, founder of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, in 1839; sports entrepreneur and IOC President Avery Brundage in 1887; CBS Chairman William Paley in 1901; TV variety show host/columnist Ed Sullivan in 1901; boxer Max Schmeling in 1905; cartoonist Al Capp (L'il Abner) in 1909; actor Peter Finch in 1916; actor Arnold Stang in 1918; actor William Windom in 1923; actor Marcello Mastroianni in 1924; actor/animal rights advocate Brigitte Bardot in 1934 (age 82); musician Ben E. King in 1938 (age 78); former congressman/football Hall of Fame member Steve Largent in 1954 (age 62); hockey Hall of Fame member Grant Fuhr in 1962 (age 54); actor Jeffrey Jones in 1946 (age 70), actor Janeane Garofalo in 1964 (age 52); actor Mira Sorvino in 1967 (age 48); actor Naomi Watts in 1968 (age 48); actor Hilary Duff in 1987 (age 29).
On this date in history:
In 490 B.C., the Greeks defeated the Persians at Marathon. A Greek soldier named Phidippides ran more than 26 miles to tell Athenians of the victory and died after his announcement. His feat provided the model for the modern marathon race.
In 1892, Mansfield University was the home team for the first night football game. The contest at Smythe Park in Mansfield, Pa., was called off at halftime because the electrical lighting was inadequate.
In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.
In 1938, Adolf Hitler called a four-power conference in Munich to discuss the Czechoslovak crisis, postponing the German army's march into Sudetenland.
In 1982, the first reports appeared of deaths in the Chicago area from Extra-strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. Seven people died and the unsolved case resulted in tamper-proof packaging for consumer products.
In 1987, a federal appeals court declared Boston public schools officially desegregated after a 13-year effort.
In 1992, a Pakistani jetliner carrying 167 people crashed into a hill southeast of Kathmandu, Nepal, killing all aboard.
In 2003, legendary Broadway and film director Elia Kazan died at his home in New York at the age of 94.
In 2008, U.S. congressional negotiators and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson agreed on a $700 billion banking industry bailout plan. It gave the Treasury Department unprecedented authority, including the ability to buy a range of troubled financial assets.
In 2009, Iran said it successfully tested long-range missiles, one of which had a range of 1,250 miles. Observers quickly listed many places within striking distance of such a missile, including Israel, U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf and parts of Europe.
In 2012, a twin-engine propeller plane carrying 19 people to Lukla near Mount Everest hit an eagle and crashed in Nepal, killing all aboard.
In 2014, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, members of the Occupy Central movement, clashed with riot police resulting in 26 injuries and 78 arrests.
A thought for the day: "If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it." -- Elmore Leonard