Today is the 264th day of 2014 and the 93rd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1792, the French National Convention declared France a republic and voted to abolish the monarchy.
In 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was published.
In 1949, Chairman Mao Zedong announced the communist government of the People's Republic of China.
In 1981, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Sandra Day O'Connor as the first female Supreme Court justice.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: H.G. Wells (1866-1946), historian/author; Chuck Jones (1912-2002), animator; Larry Hagman (1931-2012), actor; Leonard Cohen (1934- ) singer-songwriter; Henry Gibson (1935-2009), comedian/actor; Jerry Bruckheimer (1945- ), film/TV producer; Stephen King (1947- ), author; Bill Murray (1950- ), actor; Ethan Coen (1957- ), filmmaker; Cheryl Hines (1965- ), actress; Faith Hill (1967- ), singer-songwriter; Luke Wilson (1971- ), actor; Maggie Grace (1983- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Best-selling author Stephen King wrote under two names (Stephen King and Richard Bachman) in his early career because publishers told him audiences wouldn't buy more than one book per year from the same writer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1970, "Monday Night Football" made its ABC broadcast debut with a game between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn." -- H.G. Wells, "The Discovery of the Future"
TODAY'S NUMBER: $1.6 billion -- total worldwide box office gross (as of early September 2014) for director Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and parts 1 and 2 of "The Hobbit," films based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkein.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Sept. 15) and new moon (Sept. 23).