Today is the 268th day of 2014 and the fourth day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.
In 1957, U.S. Army troops stood guard as black students were admitted to Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., for the first time.
In 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court justice.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Faulkner (1897-1962), author; Walter "Red" Smith (1905-1982), sportswriter; Phil Rizzuto (1917-2007), baseball player; Barbara Walters (1929- ), TV journalist; Shel Silverstein (1930-1999), author; Michael Douglas (1944- ), actor; Mark Hamill (1951- ), actor; Christopher Reeve (1952-2004), actor; Scottie Pippen (1965- ), basketball player; Will Smith (1968- ), actor/rapper; Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969- ), actress; T.I. (1980- ), rapper.
TODAY'S FACT: Of the 160 nominations to the Supreme Court since 1789, 12 were rejected by the Senate.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1882, Providence and Worcester competed in Major League Baseball's first doubleheader.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." -- William Faulkner
TODAY'S NUMBER: 164 -- Major League Baseball games won by pitcher Tommy John after he underwent the first ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery on this day in 1974. The procedure, now known as Tommy John surgery, has been performed on dozens of major league pitchers since.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Sept. 23) and first quarter moon (Oct. 1).