Today is the 259th day of 2014 and the 88th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1920, the explosion of a bomb on Wall Street killed more than 30 people and injured hundreds of others.
In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act, authorizing the military draft.
In 1955, Argentine president Juan Peron was ousted by a military coup.
In 1974, President Gerald Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft evaders.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jean Arp (1886-1966), artist; H.A. Rey (1898-1977), children's author/illustrator; Lauren Bacall (1924-2014), actress; B.B. King (1925- ), musician; Peter Falk (1927-2011), actor; Ed Begley Jr. (1949- ), actor; Henry Louis Gates Jr. (1950- ), author/academic; Mickey Rourke (1952- ), actor; David Copperfield (1956- ), magician; Molly Shannon (1964- ), actress; Marc Anthony (1968- ), singer-songwriter; Amy Poehler (1971- ), actress; Nick Jonas (1992- ), singer/musician.
TODAY'S FACT: Samuel Rayburn, elected to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives on this day in 1940, was the longest-serving speaker in American history. He served almost 17 (non-consecutive) years (1940-47; 1949-1953; 1955-1961).
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1981, Sugar Ray Leonard unified boxing's middleweight title by knocking out Tommy Hearns in the 14th round of a bout in an outdoor arena at the Caesar's Palace casino in Las Vegas.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Conspiracy theories are an irresistible labor-saving device in the face of complexity." -- Henry Louis Gates Jr.
TODAY'S NUMBER: 16 -- Emmy nominations for Kelsey Grammer's portrayal of the character Frasier Crane on "Cheers," "Wings" and "Frasier," which debuted on this day in 1993. Grammer is the only actor to receive Emmy nominations for portrayals of the same character on three different series.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Sept. 15) and new moon (Sept. 23).