UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

On Sept. 19, 1988, Greg Louganis took the gold medal in 3-meter springboard diving at the Seoul Olympics after hitting his head on the diving board.
By United Press International  |  Sept. 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2017 with 103 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 Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski in 1905; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell in 1907; Austrian automobile designer Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche in 1909; British author William Golding (Lord of the Flies) in 1911; James Lipton, actor/writer/host of "Inside the Actors Studio," in 1926 (age 91); actor Adam West (TV's Batman) in 1928; actor David McCallum (TV's NCIS) in 1933 (age 84); singer Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers in 1940 (age 77); singer Mama Cass Elliot in 1941; singer Freda Payne in 1942 (age 75); baseball Hall of Fame member Joe Morgan in 1943 (age 74); singer/songwriter David Bromberg in 1945 (age 72); actor Randolph Mantooth in 1945 (age 72); actor Jeremy Irons in 1948 (age 69); model/actor Twiggy, whose real name is Lesley Hornby, in 1949 (age 68); television personality Joan Lunden in 1950 (age 67); actor/director Kevin Hooks in 1958 (age 59); celebrity chef Mario Batali in 1960 (age 57); actor Cheri Oteri in 1962 (age 55); country singer Trisha Yearwood in 1964 (age 53); journalist Soledad O'Brien in 1966 (age 51); actor Sanaa Nathan in 1971 (age 46); comedian/TV host Jimmy Fallon in 1974 (age 43); actor Alison Sweeney in 1976 (age 41); actor Kevin Zegers in 1984 (age 33); singer Pia Mia in 1996 (age 21).


On this date in history:

In 1777, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War.

In 1881, U.S. President James Garfield, 49, who had been shot in July by a disgruntled office-seeker, died of his wounds. Vice President Chester Arthur was sworn in as the successor to Garfield, who had been president for 6 1/2 months. His assassin was executed in 1882.

In 1893, with the signing of the Electoral Bill by Gov. David Boyle, New Zealand became the first country to grant national voting rights to women.

In 1955, after a decade of rule, Argentine President Juan Domingo Peron was deposed in a military coup.

In 1985, an earthquake collapsed hundreds of buildings, killed at least 7,000 people and injured thousands of others in Mexico City.

In 1988, U.S. swimmer Greg Louganis took the gold medal in 3-meter springboard diving at the Seoul Olympics after hitting his head on the board during preliminary competition.

In 1995, The Washington Post published a manifesto by Theodore Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomber, who carried out 16 bombings across the United States from 1978-95, killing three people. Kaczynski was arrested in 1996 and was sentenced to eight life sentences in prison.

In 2006, Thailand Premier Thaksin Shinawatra was overthrown in a bloodless military coup.

In 2010, 42-year-old Frenchman Philippe Croizon, a quadruple amputee, swam across the English Channel in 13 1/2 hours. Croizon covered the 21 miles with flippers attached to the stumps of his legs and special steering attachments in the arm areas.

In 2012, hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public School students were back in class after teachers voted to end a strike that lasted more than a week.

In 2013, Hiroshi Yamauchi, who led the transformation of Nintendo from a small Japanese company to a worldwide video gaming giant, died of pneumonia in Japan at the age of 85. Yamauchi was Nintendo's president from 1949 to 2002. He also was the majority owner of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners.


A thought for the day: "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants." -- Gen. Omar Bradley

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