Today is Monday Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2019 with 99 to follow.
This is the first day of autumn.
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 Libra. They include Greek playwright Euripides in 480 B.C.; Roman Emperor Augustus in 63 B.C.; Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan in 1215; feminist/presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull in 1838; Mary Mallon, the so-called Typhoid Mary, in 1869; actor Mickey Rooney in 1920; jazz saxophonist John Coltrane in 1926; soul singer/pianist Ray Charles in 1930; singer Julio Iglesias in 1943 (age 76); actor Paul Petersen in 1945 (age 74); actor Mary Kay Place in 1947 (age 72); guitarist Dan Toler in 1948; musician Bruce Springsteen in 1949 (age 70); actor Jason Alexander in 1959 (age 60); actor Elizabeth Pena in 1959; actor LisaRaye McCoy in 1967 (age 52); singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco in 1970 (age 49); former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in 1971 (age 48); writer Ana Marie Cox in 1972 (age 47); rapper Jermaine Dupri in 1972 (age 47); singer Rachael Yamagata in 1977 (age 42); actor Anthony Mackie in 1978 (age 41); actor Skylar Astin in 1987 (age 32).
On this date in history:
In 1806, U.S. explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned to St. Louis on their historic journey from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast and back.
In 1846, German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune at the Berlin Observatory. Neptune generally is the eighth planet from the sun.
In 1909, Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera was published.
In 1950, the U.S. Congress adopted the Internal Security Act, which provided for the registration of communists. Leaders of the Communist Party vowed never to register, and it was later ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
In 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the corn fields of Iowa to find out what made the American farmer tick and urged that the earth "be furrowed by plows, not rockets and tanks."
In 1966, a Rolling Stones' concert at England's Royal Albert concert hall was halted temporarily when screaming girls attacked Mick Jagger onstage. The riotous enthusiasm of the fans resulted in a ban of pop concerts at the hall.
In 1973, Juan Peron was again elected president of Argentina after 18 years in exile. His second wife, Isabel, who became vice president, succeeded him after he died 10 months later.
In 1991, 44 U.N. inspectors were detained in Baghdad after attempting to remove secret Iraqi plans for building nuclear weapons. They were freed five days later.
In 2005, a fire killed 23 people on a bus carrying Texas nursing home evacuees from Hurricane Rita.
In 2008, a 22-year-old student killed 11 adult students and himself at a vocational college in Finland 205 miles north of Helsinki.
In 2018, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Brett Favre's NFL record for most completed passes with 6,301 career completions.
A thought for the day: "When you judge another you do not define them, you define yourself." -- motivational speaker Wayne Dyer