Today is the 273rd day of 2015 and the eighth day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1935, the Boulder Dam (later renamed the Hoover Dam) was dedicated.
In 1947, Game 1 between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees was the first World Series game broadcast on television.
In 1955, actor James Dean was killed in a car accident near Shandon, California, at age 24.
In 2005, a Danish newspaper published controversial cartoons about the Islamic prophet Muhammad, sparking protests and riots around the world.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Hans Geiger (1882-1945), physicist; Deborah Kerr (1921-2007), actress; Truman Capote (1924-1984), author; Elie Wiesel (1928- ), author/activist; Angie Dickinson (1931- ), actress; Johnny Mathis (1935- ), singer-songwriter; Barry Williams (1954- ), actor; Fran Drescher (1957- ), actress; Tony Hale (1970- ), actor; Jenna Elfman (1971- ), actress; Jose Lima (1972-2010), baseball player; Marion Cotillard (1975- ), actress; Martina Hingis (1980- ), tennis player; T-Pain (1985- ), rapper/producer.
TODAY'S FACT: When the Boulder Canyon dam project was christened the Hoover Dam (after then-President Herbert Hoover) in 1930, the name was met with derision, as many blamed the Depression on Hoover's policies. The dam was renamed Boulder Dam at its dedication in 1935. President Harry Truman signed a resolution restoring the name Hoover Dam in 1947.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1927, Babe Ruth broke his own record for home runs in a season by hitting his 60th, setting a record that stood for 34 years.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." -- Elie Wiesel
TODAY'S NUMBER: 209 -- total weeks Martina Hingis was the top-ranked women's tennis player, beginning in 1997.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Sept. 27) and last quarter moon (Oct. 4).