Today is Saturday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2021 with 97 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include HMS Bounty mutiny leader Fletcher Christian in 1764; novelist William Faulkner in 1897; painter Mark Rothko in 1903; Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in 1906; convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg in 1915; TV personality Barbara Walters in 1929 (age 92); humorist Shel Silverstein in 1930; Canadian composer Glenn Gould in 1932; actor Robert Walden in 1943 (age 78); actor/producer Michael Douglas in 1944 (age 77); model Cheryl Tiegs in 1947 (age 74); actor Anson Williams in 1949 (age 72); director Pedro Almodovar in 1949 (age 72); actor Mark Hamill in 1951 (age 70); actor Christopher Reeve in 1952; TV personality Jamie Hyneman in 1956 (age 65); actor Heather Locklear in 1961 (age 60); actor Tate Donovan in 1963 (age 58); actor Maria Doyle Kennedy in 1964 (age 57); basketball Hall of Fame member Scottie Pippen in 1965 (age 56); actor Will Smith in 1968 (age 53); actor Catherine Zeta-Jones in 1969 (age 52); actor/TV host Hal Sparks in 1969 (age 52); actor Clea DuVall in 1977 (age 44); rapper T.I., born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., in 1980 (age 41); actor Donald Glover in 1983 (age 38); singer Rosalía Vila Tobelia in 1993 (age 28).
On this date in history:
In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and became the first known European to see the Pacific Ocean.
In 1690, the first American newspaper, called Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic, appeared in Boston.
In 1789, the first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten were ratified and became known as The Bill of Rights.
In 1882, the first Major League Baseball doubleheader was played between the Providence, R.I., and Worchester, Mass., teams.
In 1957, under escort from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, nine black students entered all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
In 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 crashed in San Diego after colliding with a small Cessna aircraft. The crash killed 144 people, including seven on the ground.
In 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice.
In 1984, Jordan announced it would restore relations with Egypt, something no Arab country had done since 17 Arab nations broke relations with Cairo over the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty of 1979.
In 1992, a judge in Orlando, Fla., granted a 12-year-old boy's precedent-setting petition to "divorce" his mother.
In 1996, Israeli police opened fire on Palestinians rioting over a new tunnel entrance beneath the Temple Mount. The fighting ended four days later, with about 70 people killed and hundreds injured.
In 1988, Pope John Paul II beatified six people, including the Rev. Junipero Serra, bringing a step away from sainthood the Spanish-born Franciscan priest who founded missions and baptized thousands of Native Americans into the Roman Catholic faith in California in the 1700s.
In 2008, federal regulators seized Washington Mutual in what officials said was the biggest bank failure in U.S. history.
In 2010, a federal judge gave California the go-ahead to resume executions after an almost five-year ban while procedures were reformed and a new death chamber was built.
In 2011, Saudi Arabian King Abdullah granted women the right to vote and run for local office in future elections, starting in 2015, but turned down a bid for them to be allowed to drive.
In 2018, a Pennsylvania judge sentenced actor Bill Cosby to three years to 10 years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand more than a decade before. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction and freed him from prison in June 2021.
In 2020, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman to lay in state in the U.S. Capitol one week after she died of cancer at age 87.
A thought for the day: "Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability." -- Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor