Today is the 271st day of 2012 and the sixth day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1954, "Tonight!" premiered on TV with its original host, Steve Allen.
In 1964, the Warren Commission report was released, stating that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy.
In 1990, David Souter was confirmed as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jayne Meadows (1920- ), actress; Arthur Penn (1922-2010), filmmaker; Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (1924-1966), jazz pianist; Wilford Brimley (1934- ), actor; Meat Loaf (1947- ), singer; Shaun Cassidy (1958- ), singer/actor; Gwyneth Paltrow (1972- ), actress; Avril Lavigne (1984- ), singer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1998, Mark McGwire hit his 69th and 70th home runs in the last game of his record-setting season.
TODAY'S FACT: Most of Antarctica is classified as a desert because the majority of the continent receives less than 10 inches of precipitation annually.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Nothing is better than the unintended humor of reality." -- Steve Allen
TODAY'S NUMBER: 140,000 -- Polish troops taken prisoner by the Germans after the surrender of Warsaw on this date in 1939.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (Sept. 22) and full moon (Sept. 29).