Today is Tuesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2019 with 105 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include Pope Paul V in 1552; the second chief justice of the United States, John Rutledge in 1739; Marriott Corp. founder J. Willard Marriott in 1900; former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1907; country music pioneer Hank Williams Sr. in 1923; football Hall of Fame member George Blanda in 1927; actor Roddy McDowall in 1928; race car driver Stirling Moss in 1929 (age 90); actor David Huddleston in 1930; actor Anne Bancroft in 1931; actor Dorothy Loudon in 1933; tennis Hall of Fame member Maureen Connolly in 1934; author Ken Kesey in 1935; baseball Hall of Fame member Orlando Cepeda in 1937 (age 82); former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter in 1939 (age 80); basketball Hall of Fame member Phil Jackson in 1945 (age 74); cartoonist Jeff MacNelly in 1947; actor John Ritter in 1948; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 1950 (age 69); spooky movie hostess Elvira, born Cassandra Peterson, in 1951 (age 68); actor/comedian Rita Rudner in 1953 (age 66); director Baz Luhrmann in 1962 (age 57); celebrity chef Joe Bastianich in 1968 (age 51); designer/television host Nate Berkus in 1971 (age 48); actor Danielle Brooks in 1989 (age 30); actor Mena Massoud in 1991 (age 28); actor Ella Purnell in 1996 (age 23); actor Marquis Rodriguez in 1998 (age 21); actor Daniel Huttlestone in 1999 (age 20).
On this date in history:
In 1787, the U.S. Constitution, completed in Philadelphia, was signed by a majority of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
In 1862, Union forces led by Gen. George McClellan attacked Confederate troops led by Gen. Robert E. Lee near Antietam Creek in Maryland. McClellan blocked Lee's advance on Washington but fell short of victory.
In 1972, North Vietnam released three American pilots, the first U.S. prisoners of war released by the country since 1969.
In 1976, NASA displayed its first space shuttle, the Enterprise, an airplane-like spacecraft costing almost $10 billion that took nearly a decade to develop.
In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords, laying the groundwork for a permanent peace agreement between Egypt and Israel after three decades of hostilities.
In 1983, Vanessa Williams of New York became the first African American to be named Miss America. She resigned 11 months later after nude photos were published but regained stardom as a singer and actress.
In 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush said Osama bin Laden, the suspected ringleader in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was "wanted dead or alive." Bin Laden was killed in a 2011 U.S. commando raid in in Pakistan.
In 2018, Nigerian officials said more than 100 people died after heavy rains caused two major rivers swelled beyond their banks.
A thought for the day: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat said, "Peace is much more precious than a piece of land."