Today is the 264th day of 2015 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; Rob Morrow (1962- ), actor; 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: "'We were making the future,' he said, 'and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making. And here it is!'" -- H.G. Wells, "When the Sleeper Wakes"
TODAY'S NUMBER: $5.8 billion -- total worldwide box office gross (as of early September 2015) for director Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies, films based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkein.
TODAY'S MOON: First quarter moon (Sept. 21).