Today is Thursday, Sept. 17, the 261st day of 2020 with 105 to follow.
The moon is new. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
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; actor David Huddleston in 1930; astronaut Edgar Mitchell in 1930; astronaut Thomas Stafford in 1930 (age 90); 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 83); former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter in 1939 (age 81); basketball Hall of Fame member Phil Jackson in 1945 (age 75); cartoonist Jeff MacNelly in 1947; actor John Ritter in 1948; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 1950 (age 70); spooky movie hostess Elvira, born Cassandra Peterson, in 1951 (age 69); actor/comedian Rita Rudner in 1953 (age 67); director Baz Luhrmann in 1962 (age 58); celebrity chef Joe Bastianich in 1968 (age 52); designer/television host Nate Berkus in 1971 (age 49); stage actor Nick Cordero in 1978; actor Danielle Brooks in 1989 (age 31); actor Mena Massoud in 1991 (age 29); NFL star Patrick Mahomes II in 1995 (age 25); actor Ella Purnell in 1996 (age 24); actor Marquis Rodriguez in 1996 (age 24); actor Daniel Huttlestone in 1999 (age 21).
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 1939, Soviet troops invaded Poland, 16 days after Nazi Germany moved into the country. Warsaw capitulated to Nazi armies 20 days later.
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 1991, North Korea, South Korea, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were admitted to the United Nations.
In 1993, Cambodia's two leading political parties agreed that Prince Norodom Sihanouk would lead the nation. Sihanouk was installed as king a week later.
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 2009, final unofficial results from a controversial presidential election in Afghanistan indicated that incumbent Hamid Karzai got 54.6 percent of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff.
In 2019, Indonesia's parliament voted to revise the country's marriage law to raise the age at which females can marry from 16 to 19.
A thought for the day: Phil Jackson, who coached teams to 11 NBA titles, said, "Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts."