Today is Thursday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2017 with 108 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov in 1849; Margaret Sanger, American pioneer in the birth-control movement, in 1879; actor Clayton Moore, serial action star of the 1940s who later played the Lone Ranger on television, in 1914; author and feminist Kate Millett in 1934; actor Walter Koenig (age 81) in 1936; basketball Hall of Fame member Larry Brown in 1940 (age 77); actor Joey Heatherton in 1944 (age 73); actor Sam Neill in 1947 (age 70); rock singer Jon "Bowzer" Bauman in 1947 (age 70), actor Mary Crosby in 1959 (age 58); actor Faith Ford in 1964 (age 53); Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in 1965 (age 52); actor Kimberly Williams-Paisley in 1971 (age 46); actor Andrew Lincoln in 1973 (age 44); rapper Nas in 1973 (age 44); British singer Amy Winehouse in 1983; actor Emma Kenney in 1999 (age 18).
On this date in history:
In 1901, U.S. President William McKinley died of wounds inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier. He was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1920, the first live radio dance music was broadcast, carried by a Detroit station and featuring Paul Specht and his orchestra.
In 1959, the Soviet probe Lunik-2 became the first Earth-launched space vehicle to land on the moon.
In 1960, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was founded.
In 1975, Pope Paul VI canonized Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint.
In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco -- American film actress Grace Kelly -- was killed when her car plunged off a mountain road by the Cote D'Azur. She was 52.
In 1984, Joe Kittinger, 56, left Caribou, Maine, in a 10-story-tall helium balloon to make the first solo trans-Atlantic balloon crossing. He reached the French coast in three days and landed in Italy another day later.
In 1991, the South African government, ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party and 20 other anti-apartheid groups signed a peace accord to end black factional violence.
In 1996, Bosnians elected a three-person collective presidency: one Muslim, one Serb and one Croat.
In 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush proclaimed this to be a day of national mourning and remembrance for those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The FBI identified the hijackers and said several had taken flying lessons in Florida.
In 2003, authorities said an estimated 124 people were dead or missing after South Korea was struck by the most powerful typhoon to hit the country in a century.
In 2005, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, the third and fourth largest U.S. air carriers, filed for bankruptcy as the industry reeled under record high jet fuel costs.
In 2008, the U.S. brokerage firm Merrill Lynch agreed to sell itself to Bank of America for $50 billion and Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy after it failed to find a buyer.
In 2010, U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd, imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage for more than a year after she and two male companions were accused of illegally crossing into Iranian territory, was released on $500,000 bail. The men -- Shane Bauer, her fiance, and Josh Fattal --were freed just over a year later.
In 2012, Alexandria, Va., resident Amine Mohamed El-Khalifi, 29, whose plot to make a suicide attack on the U.S. Capitol was foiled by the FBI, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
In 2014, Billy Horschel, who was in 69th place when the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs began, won the Tour Championship by three strokes and collected $11.4 million, including $10 million for the taking the cup.
A thought for the day: John Kenneth Galbraith wrote: "The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself."