Today is Wednesday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2018 with 117 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include French King Louis XIV in 1638; outlaw Jesse James in 1847; distiller Jack Daniel in 1846; baseball Hall of Fame member Napoleon Lajoie in 1874; marketing research engineer A.C. Nielsen in 1897; retired Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker in 1927 (age 91); comedian Bob Newhart in 1929 (age 89); singer/actor Carol Lawrence in 1932 (age 86); actor William Devane in 1939 (age 79); actor George Lazenby in 1939 (age 79); actor Raquel Welch in 1940 (age 78); film director Werner Herzog in 1942 (age 76); singer Al Stewart in 1945 (age 73); singer Loudon Wainwright III in 1946 (age 72); singer Freddie Mercury (Queen) in 1946; actor Dennis Dugan in 1946 (age 72); cartoonist Cathy Guisewite in 1950 (age 68); actor Michael Keaton in 1951 (age 67); rock musician Dweezil Zappa in 1969 (age 49); actor Rose McGowan in 1973 (age 45); actor Paddy Considine in 1973 (age 45); actor Carice Van Houten in 1976 (age 42); actor Kat Graham in 1989 (age 29); Olympic gold medal-winning South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna in 1990 (age 28).
On this date in history:
In 1774, the first Continental Congress convened in secret in Philadelphia.
In 1836, Sam Houston was elected president of Texas.
In 1877, Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse was fatally bayoneted by a U.S. soldier after resisting confinement in a guardhouse at Fort Robinson, Neb. A year earlier, Crazy Horse was among the Sioux leaders who defeated George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory.
In 1882, 10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade -- in New York City.
In 1935, singing cowboy Gene Autry starred in his first Western feature, Tumbling Tumbleweeds.
In 1972, Palestinian militants invaded the Olympic Village outside Munich, West Germany, and killed 11 Israeli athletes and six other people.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter hosted Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David, Md., for Middle East peace talks that laid the groundwork for a permanent peace agreement between Egypt and Israel after three decades of hostilities. The summit resulted in the Camp David Accords, which earned Sadat and Begin the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1995, France conducted an underground nuclear test at the Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific. It was the first of several -- all of which were met by protests worldwide.
In 1997, Mother Teresa died at age 87. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, an organization that provides charity for orphans, the homeless and people with terminal illnesses. She was canonized a saint in 2016.
In 2007, wealthy, record-setting U.S. adventurer-aviator Steve Fossett, 63, vanished on a short flight in western Nevada. He was declared dead five months later. Among his many records, he was the first person to fly around the world solo in a balloon and first to fly around the globe solo without refueling.
In 2014, U.S. officials said Ahmed Abdi Godane, leader of the Somalia-based Islamic militant organization al-Shabab, was killed in a U.S. airstrike. In 2012, the United States had posted a $7 million reward for his arrest.
In 2017, Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut introduced a new, fourth type of chocolate called "ruby chocolate." The red-hewed chocolate is made from the ruby cocoa bean and has a berry-fruit flavor.
A thought for the day: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion." -- Nelson Mandela