Today is Thursday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2018 with 109 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include English novelist Daniel Defoe in 1660; U.S. Army bacteriologist Walter Reed in 1851; Hershey Co. founder Milton Hershey in 1857; Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, World War I hero, in 1860; author Roald Dahl in 1916; singer Mel Torme in 1925; actor Barbara Bain in 1931 (age 87); TV producer Fred Silverman in 1937 (age 81); "Miss Manners" Judith Martin in 1938 (age 80); actor Richard Kiel in 1939; Costa Rican Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oscar Arias in 1940 (age 78); singer David Clayton-Thomas in 1941 (age 77); singer/songwriter Peter Cetera in 1944 (age 74); actor Jacqueline Bisset in 1944 (age 74); singer/actor Nell Carter in 1948; actor Jean Smart in 1951 (age 67); musician Randy Jones (The Village People) in 1952 (age 66); musician Don Was in 1952 (age 66); talk show host Tavis Smiley in 1964 (age 54); Olympic track gold medalist Michael Johnson in 1967 (age 51); entertainment entrepreneur Tyler Perry in 1969 (age 49); fashion designer Stella McCartney in 1971 (age 47); country musician Joe Don Rooney in 1975 (age 43); singer Fiona Apple in 1977 (age 41); actor Ben Savage in 1980 (age 38); pop singer Niall Horan in 1993 (age 25); actor Lili Reinhart in 1996 (age 22).


On this date in history:

In 1814, during a British attack on Fort McHenry, Md., Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

In 1922, the temperature at El Azizia, Libya, reached 136 degrees Fahrenheit, generally accepted as the world's highest recorded atmospheric temperature.

In 1940, the chapel at Buckingham Palace was destroyed in the German Blitz on London. The palace came under attack nine times during World War II. Ten days later, King George VI condemned the "wickedness against which we fight."

In 1948, Margaret Chase Smith became the first woman to be serve in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, representing Maine as a Republican.

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In 1971, New York state forces stormed and regained control of Attica state prison in a riot that killed 43 people.

In 1993, in a ceremony at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat signed a declaration of principles for Palestinian self-rule.

In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur died in Los Vegas after he was shot in an ambush on Sept. 7.

In 1998, George Wallace, former Alabama governor, presidential candidate and one of the most controversial politicians in U.S. history, died in Montgomery, Ala., at the age of 79.

In 1999, at least 118 people were killed in the bombing of a Moscow apartment building. The blast was the latest in a series of explosions blamed on terrorists from the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

In 2001, U.S. carriers were allowed to resume flights and airports were under strict new security requirements in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In 2008, Hurricane Ike battered Galveston and Houston with heavy rain and 110-mph winds, forcing about 1 million people to flee and leaving millions without electricity. Officials later said deaths caused by Ike included more than 100 in the United States and about 75 in Haiti.

In 2009, a fire at a clinic for drug addicts in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan killed 38 people. Forty others were rescued.

In 2012, turmoil sparked by an amateurish U.S.-made movie disparaging the Prophet Muhammad spread to Sanaa, Yemen, where hundreds of protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy.

In 2013, an Indian court convicted four men on charges they raped and murdered a 23-year-old student on a private bus in Delhi -- a December 2012 attack that caused nationwide outrage. They were sentenced to death.

In 2017, the International Olympic Committee said Paris would host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Summer Olympics in a historic double announcement.

A thought for the day: Baseball's Casey Stengel said, "The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided."