Today is the 255th day of 2012 and the 84th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1841, President John Tyler's entire Cabinet (excluding Secretary of State Daniel Webster) resigned to protest his veto of a national banking bill.
In 1973, Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized control of Chile in a military coup.
In 2001, hijacked planes crashed into New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Virginia and a Pennsylvania field in terrorist attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: O. Henry (1862-1910), short-story writer; D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), novelist; Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989), deposed Filipino president; Brian De Palma (1940- ), film director; Moby (1965- ), musician; Harry Connick Jr. (1967- ), actor/singer; Ludacris (1977- ), rapper/actor; Jacoby Ellsbury (1983- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1985, Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's record with his 4,192nd career hit.
TODAY'S FACT: John Tyler was the first vice president to assume the presidency because of a sitting president's death. During the term he served, after William Henry Harrison's month-long presidency, Tyler was often referred to slightingly as "His Ascendancy" or "Acting President."
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved." -- D.H. Lawrence
TODAY'S NUMBER: 4,256 -- total career hits, which remains the Major League Baseball record, for Pete Rose.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (Sept. 8) and new moon (Sept. 15).