247th day of 2012, 119 remaining
Sunrise: 6:42pm ~ Sunset: 7:35pm
Moonset: 9:51am ~ Moonrise: 9:03pm
Tides at the Golden Gate ~ High: 1:53am/2:04pm Low: 7:33am/8:11pm
Today's Special Celebrations:
- Labor Day - US
- National Flag Day - Australia
- Foundation of the Republic Day - San Marino
- Independence Day - Qatar
- Independence Movement Day - Tunisia
- National Welsh Rarebit Day
- St. Gregory the Great, patron of educators, musicians and stone masons, is celebrated
On this day in...
- 1189 - England's King Richard I was crowned in Westminster.
- 1783 - The Revolutionary War between the U.S. and Great Britain ended with the Treaty of Paris.
- 1833 - The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., "The New York Sun," was launched by Benjamin H. Day.
- 1838 - Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave.
- 1895 - The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0.
- 1935 - Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour. He reached 304.331 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
- 1939 - British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.
- 1943 - Italy was invaded by the Allied forces during World War II.
- 1951 - "Search for Tomorrow" debuted on CBS-TV.
- 1954 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.
- 1966 - The television series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" ended after 14 years.
- 1967 - The TV game show "What's My Line?" broadcast its final episode. The show aired over 17 years on CBS.
- 1967 - Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.
- 1967 - In Sweden, motorists stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side.
- 1976 - The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, color photos of the planet's surface.
- 1981 - David Brinkley left NBC News after 38 years to join with ABC.
- 1981 - Egypt arrested more than 1,500 opponents of the government.
- 1984 - Bruce Sutter (St. Louis Cardinals) set a National League record by earning his 38th save of the season.
- 1986 - Peat Marwick International and Klynveld Main Goerdeler of the Netherlands agreed to merge and form the world’s largest accounting firm.
- 1989 - The U.S. began shipping military aircraft and weapons, worth $65 million, to Columbia in its fight against drug lords.
- 1994 - Russia and China announced that they would no longer be targeting nuclear missiles or using force against each other.
If today's your birthday, you share it with...
- Nicolo Amati 1596
- Ferdinand Porsche 1875
- Alan Ladd 1913
- Tom Glazer 1914
- Kitty Carlisle-Hart 1914
- Helen Wagner 1918
- Mort Walker 1923
- Hank Thompson 1925
- Irene Papas 1926
- Bill Fleming 1926
- Anne Jackson 1926
- Hugh Sidney 1927
- Tompall Glaser 1933
- Freddie King 1934
- Richard Castellano 1934
- Eileen Brennan 1935
- Pauline Collins 1940
- Al Jardine (Beach Boys) 1942
- Valerie Perrine 1943
- Dave Eichelberger 1943
- Gary Leeds (The Walker Brothers) 1944
- George Biondo (Steppenwolf) 1945
- Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) 1948
- Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) 1955
- Charlie Sheen 1965
- Costas Mandylor 1965
- Todd Lewis (The Toadies) 1965
- Jennifer Paige 1973