Today is the 257th day of 2012 and the 86th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1788, Congress chose New York City as the temporary federal capital.
In 1971, a four-day riot at Attica Correctional Facility in New York came to an end as state troopers stormed the prison.
In 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Accords.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Pershing (1860-1948), U.S. Army general; Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), writer; Claudette Colbert (1903-1996), actress; Roald Dahl (1916-1990), writer; Judith Martin (1938- ), "Miss Manners" columnist; Jacqueline Bisset (1944- ), actress; Michael Johnson (1967- ), Olympic sprinter; Fiona Apple (1977- ), singer; Thomas Muller (1989- ), soccer player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1970, Gary Muhrcke won the first New York City Marathon with a time of 2:31:38.
TODAY'S FACT: Best known for his children's books and the movies based on them, Roald Dahl was also a screenwriter, penning the scripts for films such as "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "You Only Live Twice."
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help." -- Judith Martin
TODAY'S NUMBER: 3 -- gold medals Michael Johnson won in sprints and relays at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (Sept. 8) and new moon (Sept. 15).