UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 265th day of 2013 and the first day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1776, the British hanged Nathan Hale as a spy.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, making all slaves in seceding states free as of Jan. 1, 1863.
In 1980, Iraq invaded disputed territory in the Persian Gulf, officially beginning an eight-year war with Iran.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Michael Faraday (1791-1867), scientist; Tommy Lasorda (1927- ), baseball player/manager; Eugene Roche (1928-2004), actor; David Stern (1942- ), NBA commissioner; Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. (1951- ), publisher; Andrea Bocelli (1958- ), singer; Joan Jett (1958- ), singer; Scott Baio (1960- ), actor; Bonnie Hunt (1961- ), actress; Tom Felton (1987- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: American revolutionary Nathan Hale's famous last words, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country," may have been paraphrased from Joseph Addison's play, "Cato."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1969, San Francisco Giants center fielder Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run in a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Destiny has a lot to do with it, but so do you. You have to persevere, you have to insist." -- Andrea Bocelli
TODAY'S NUMBER: $990,446 -- purse (then the largest in the history of boxing) that Gene Tunney won for defending his heavyweight title against Jack Dempsey in the infamous "Long Count" bout held on this date in 1927.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Sept. 19) and last quarter moon (Sept. 26).