Today is the 263rd day of 2014 and the 92nd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1873, the New York Stock Exchange closed because of a banking panic.
In 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as president, one day after the death of James Garfield.
In 1977, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was admitted to the United Nations.
In 1984, a suicide bombing killed 20 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2001, President George W. Bush declared a "war on terror" before a joint session of Congress.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Upton Sinclair (1878-1968), author/social reformer; Leo Strauss (1899-1973), philosopher; Jacob "Red" Auerbach (1917-2006), basketball coach; Anne Meara (1929- ), actress/comedian; Sophia Loren (1934- ), actress; George R.R. Martin (1948- ), author; Guy Lafleur (1951- ), hockey player; Kristen Johnston (1967- ), actress; Moon Bloodgood (1975- ), actress; Brian Joubert (1984- ), figure skater.
TODAY'S FACT: About 2 million Southeast Asian-Americans live in the United States today.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1973, Billie Jean King won the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match against Bobby Riggs in three straight sets.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair, "I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 9 -- NBA championship titles Red Auerbach won as head coach of the Boston Celtics, eight of which were consecutive (1959-1966).
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Sept. 15) and new moon (Sept. 23).