Today is the 256th day of 2012 and the 85th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson entered the river that would later bear his surname.
In 1974, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was removed from power by a military coup after 58 years of rule.
In 1992, space shuttle Endeavour embarked on the 50th NASA shuttle mission.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), journalist/critic; Jesse Owens (1913-1980), Olympic athlete; Ian Holm (1931- ), actor; George Jones (1931- ), singer; Barry White (1944-2003), singer; Joe Pantoliano (1951- ), actor; Ben Folds (1966- ), musician; Yao Ming (1980- ), basketball player; Jennifer Hudson (1981- ), actress/singer; Andrew Luck (1989- ), football player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1979, Boston Red Sox bomber Carl Yastrzemski became the first American League player to reach career totals of 3,000 hits and 400 homers.
TODAY'S FACT: Dr. Mae Jemison, the science mission specialist on the Endeavour in 1992, was the first African-American woman in space.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom." -- H.L. Mencken
TODAY'S NUMBER: 45 -- minutes it took track legend Jesse Owens to break three world records, and tie a fourth, at a college track meet in 1935.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (Sept. 8) and new moon (Sept. 15).