Today is Wednesday, Sept. 30, the 274th day of 2020 with 92 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 Libra. They include Persian poet Rumi in 1207; Pope Nicholas IV in 1227; chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. in 1861; German physicist Hans Geiger, co-inventor of the Geiger counter, in 1882; film director Lewis Milestone in 1895; novelist Truman Capote in 1924; actor Deborah Kerr in 1921; actor Angie Dickinson in 1931 (age 89); Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel in 1928; singer Johnny Mathis in 1935 (age 85); singer Marilyn McCoo in 1943 (age 77); actor Len Cariou in 1939 (age 81); actor Victoria Tennant in 1950 (age 70); actor Barry Williams in 1954 (age 66); actor Fran Drescher in 1957 (age 63); actor Eric Stoltz in 1961 (age 59); actor Crystal Bernard in 1961 (age 59); actor Monica Bellucci in 1964 (age 56); actor Jenna Elfman in 1971 (age 49); actor Marion Cotillard in 1975 (age 45); author Ta-Nehisi Coates in 1975 (age 45); tennis star Martina Hingis in 1980 (age 40); U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Dominique Moceanu in 1981 (age 39); actor Lacey Chabert in 1982 (age 38); actor Kieran Culkin in 1982 (age 38); rapper T-Pain, born Faheem Rashad Najm, in 1985 (age 35); actor Ki Hong Lee in 1986 (age 34); actor Ezra Miller in 1992 (age 28); actor/dancer Maddie Ziegler in 2002 (age 18).
On this date in history:
In 1630, John Billington, one of the first pilgrims to land in America, was hanged for murder -- the first European criminal executed in the American colonies.
In 1846, a dentist in Charleston, Mass., extracted a tooth with the aid of an anesthetic -- ether. It was the first time an anesthetic had been used.
In 1927, Babe Ruth set a Major League Baseball record with his 60th home run of the season. The mark would stand for 34 years.
In 1938, Germany, France, Britain and Italy met in Munich, Germany, for a conference after which British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain predicted "peace for our time." World War II began less than one year later.
In 1946, verdicts were handed down in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. Twelve Nazi leaders were sentenced to death by hanging.
In 1954, the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear submarine, was commissioned by the U.S. Navy, under the command of Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson.
In 1955, movie idol James Dean died in a car crash at age 24.
In 1962, James H. Meredith, an African American, was escorted onto the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. marshals, setting off a riot in which two men died before violence was quelled by more than 3,000 soldiers. Meredith enrolled the next day.
In 1992, the United States returned most of the Subic Bay Naval Base to the Philippine government after more than a century of use.
In 1993, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck India's Maharashtra state, killing nearly 10,000 people. The disaster primarily affected the Latur and Osmanabad districts.
In 1993, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Colin Powell announced his retirement from the military. Effective upon his retirement, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II approved his knighthood.
In 2005, Michael Eisner resigned as CEO of the Walt Disney Co. One week later, he departed his position on the board of the company.
In 2008, thousands of worshipers making their way through a narrow passage to a Hindu temple in India for a religious festival broke into a stampede when a wall collapsed. Police put the death toll at 224 with more than 100 people injured.
In 2011, a missile from an American drone aircraft strike over Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic cleric linked to several high-profile terrorist incidents in the United States and subject of a two-year manhunt.
In 2017, in a series of tweets, President Donald Trump blasted San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for "poor leadership ability" during recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. In a televised interview the day before, Cruz begged the public for help and said the government was "killing us with the inefficiency."
A thought for the day: "Some women choose to follow men and some women choose to follow their dreams." -- American singer Lady Gaga