Today is Saturday, Sept. 19, the 263rd day of 2020 with 103 to follow.
The moon is waxing. 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 businessman George Cadbury in 1839; 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 in 1911; actor/writer/TV host James Lipton in 1926; actor Adam West in 1928; actor David McCallum in 1933 (age 87); singer Bill Medley in 1940 (age 80); singer Mama Cass Elliot in 1941; singer Freda Payne in 1942 (age 78); baseball Hall of Fame member Joe Morgan in 1943 (age 77); singer/songwriter David Bromberg in 1945 (age 75); actor Randolph Mantooth in 1945 (age 75); actor Jeremy Irons in 1948 (age 72); model/actor Twiggy, born Lesley Hornby, in 1949 (age 71); television personality Joan Lunden in 1950 (age 70); actor/director Kevin Hooks in 1958 (age 62); celebrity chef Mario Batali in 1960 (age 60); actor Cheri Oteri in 1962 (age 58); country singer Trisha Yearwood in 1964 (age 56); astronaut Sunita Williams in 1965 (age 55); journalist Soledad O'Brien in 1966 (age 54); actor Sanaa Lathan in 1971 (age 49); comedian/TV host Jimmy Fallon in 1974 (age 46); actor Alison Sweeney in 1976 (age 44); singer Sara Quin in 1980 (age 40); singer Tegan Quin in 1980 (age 40); actor Kevin Zegers in 1984 (age 36); singer Pia Mia Perez in 1996 (age 24).
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 1957, the United States conducted its first fully contained underground nuclear weapon test in Nevada. Scientists at the time theorized the heat and pressure from the blast could've turned rocks into rubies, sapphires or even diamonds under the rubble.
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 2017, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook central Mexico, killing more than 350 people, including dozens of children in the rubble of a school.
In 2019, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more in Afghanistan's Zabul province.
A thought for the day: "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." -- writer/publisher Emilie Buchwald