Today is Wednesday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2017 with 95 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include statesman Samuel Adams in 1722; political cartoonist Thomas Nast in 1840; magician Harry Blackstone Sr. in 1885; former U.S. Sen. Sam Ervin, D-N.C., in 1896; actor Jayne Meadows in 1919; filmmaker Arthur Penn in 1922; actor William Conrad in 1920; actor Wilford Brimley in 1934 (age 83); golf Hall of Fame member Kathy Whitworth in 1939 (age 78); rock musician Randy Bachman in 1943 (age 74); singer Meat Loaf in 1947 (age 70); baseball Hall of Fame member Mike Schmidt in 1949 (age 68); actor/singer Shaun Cassidy in 1958 (age 59); gold medal-winning speed skater Beth Heiden in 1959 (age 58); actor Gwyneth Paltrow in 1972 (age 45); rapper Lil Wayne in 1982 (age 35); actor Anna Camp in 1982 (age 35); singer Avril Lavigne in 1984 (age 33); actor Thomas Mann in 1991 (age 26).
On this date in history:
In 1540, the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits, was chartered by the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1825, in England, George Stephenson operated the first locomotive to pull a passenger train.
In 1930, golfer Bobby Jones won the U.S. Amateur Championship, capturing the era's Grand Slam. Earlier in the year, he won the British Amateur, British Open and U.S. Open.
In 1935, 13-year-old Judy Garland signed her first contract with MGM.
In 1938, Queen Elizabeth christened the world's largest ocean liner with her own name during a ceremony in Scotland. The Queen Elizabeth was the sister ship of the Queen Mary, which was christened four years earlier.
In 1939, after 19 days of heavy air raids and artillery bombardment, Polish defenders of Warsaw surrendered to German forces.
In 1954, The Tonight Show made its television debut with host Steve Allen.
In 1964, the Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was released after a 10-month investigation, concluding that there was no conspiracy and that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, acted alone.
In 1998, Gerhard Schroeder led Germany's Social Democratic Party to victory in parliamentary elections, bringing to an end 16 years of power by Chancellor Helmut Kohl and his Christian Democratic Party.
In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting at Camp David in Maryland, said they would join forces to oppose nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea.
In 2008, Zhai Zhigang left the Shenzhou VII spacecraft and became the first Chinese astronaut to take a space walk.
In 2009, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was assured of a second term when her party, the Christian Democrats, easily won the nation's parliamentary elections. Merkel began a third term in late 2013.
In 2010, Jimi Heselden, 62, manufacturer of the upright Segway scooter, was killed when he apparently lost control of one of the two-wheeled, self-balancing machines and ran over a cliff into a river.
In 2013, 60 people died in the collapse of a five-story building in Mumbai. Two other buildings fell in the city in the five previous months, killing a total of more than 80 people.
In 2014, Mount Ontake, Japan's second highest volcano, erupted in a cloud of ash, killing 63 people, many of them hikers.
A thought for the day: "No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City." -- Michael Bloomberg
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