Today is the 269th day of 2016 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 1789, Congress approved the 10 constitutional amendments collectively known as the Bill of Rights and sent them to the states for ratification.
In 1957, U.S. Army troops stood guard as black students were admitted to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, for the first time.
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; Heather Locklear (1961- ), actress; Scottie Pippen (1965- ), basketball player; Will Smith (1968- ), actor/rapper; Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969- ), actress; T.I. (1980- ), rapper.
TODAY'S FACT: Of the 161 nominations to the Supreme Court since 1789, 12 were rejected by the Senate. The most recent nominee, Merrick Garland, was nominated by President Barack Obama on March 16, 2016, and (as of early September 2016) has not yet received a Senate hearing.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1882, Providence and Worcester competed in Major League Baseball's first doubleheader.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail." -- 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 last quarter moon (Sept. 23) and new moon (Sept. 30).