Today is Wednesday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2019 with 111 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include short story writer O. Henry, born William Sydney Porter, in 1862; British author D.H. Lawrence in 1885; Jimmie Davis, former Louisiana governor/songwriter in 1899; College Football Hall of Fame Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in 1913; former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos in 1917; Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Tom Landry in 1924; Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov, the second man in space, in 1935; filmmaker Brian De Palma in 1940 (age 79); entertainer Lola Falana in 1942 (age 77); musician Mickey Hart in 1943 (age 76); guitarist Leo Kottke in 1945 (age 74); actor Amy Madigan in 1950 (age 69); actor Scott Patterson in 1958 (age 61); actor Virginia Madsen in 1961 (age 58); actor Kristy McNichol in 1962 (age 57); Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 1965 (age 54); singer Moby, born Richard Hall, in 1965 (age 54); actor/singer Harry Connick Jr. in 1967 (age 52); actor Taraji P. Henson in 1970 (age 49); rapper Ludacris, born Christopher Brian Bridges, in 1977 (age 42); actor Tyler Hoechlin in 1987 (age 32); actor Elizabeth Henstridge in 1987 (age 32); actor Michael J. Willett in 1989 (age 30).


On this date in history:

In 1777, troops commanded by Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British under Gen. William Howe in the Battle of Brandywine.

In 1847, Stephen Foster's first hit, "Oh! Susanna," had its debut at a concert in a Pittsburgh saloon and soon became a standard for minstrel troupes.

In 1921, Fatty Arbuckle, one of the foremost comedians of the silent movie days, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of a starlet in an alleged sexual assault during a wild drinking party. Arbuckle eventually was cleared but his career had been ruined.

In 1971, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died of a heart attack in Moscow.

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In 1973, the elected Socialist government of Salvador Allende of Chile was toppled in a right-wing military coup supported by the CIA. Authorities said Allende committed suicide the same day.

In 1985, Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit broke Ty Cobb's 57-year-old career Major League Baseball record. Rose finished his career with 4,256 hits.

In 2001, Islamist terrorists attacked the United States, crashing two hijacked airliners into the Twin Towers at New York's World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon outside Washington. A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania, apparently en route to Washington, after passengers attacked their captors. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, most of them in the two towers, which collapsed. U.S. President George W. Bush pledged to destroy the responsible terrorist organizations and the regimes that supported them. Osama bin Laden, a wealthy anti-American Saudi exile operating out of Afghanistan and leader of al-Qaida, a shadowy, far-flung terrorist organization, was identified as the ringleader of the attacks.

In 2008, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, forced into a runoff after a disputed election, agreed on a power-sharing arrangement.

In 2011, the National September 11 Memorial was dedicated in New York City on the site of the iconic Twin Towers, destroyed 10 years earlier in terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The memorial features the nation's largest man-made waterfalls cascading into two sunken pools marking footprints of the decimated skyscrapers, with 2,980 names nearby, etched in granite.

In 2012, heavily armed attackers killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

In 2018, a suicide bomber killed 68 people who were protesting a police commander accused of corruption in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

A thought for the day: "This is not only an attack on the United States but an attack on the civilized world." -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assaults.