ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 274th day of 2017 and the 10th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1890, an act of Congress established Yosemite National Park in California.
In 1949, Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong declared the People's Republic of China at a ceremony in Beijing.
In 1971, Walt Disney World opened to the public in Orlando, Florida.
In 1975, Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in the "Thrilla in Manila" boxing match in the Philippines.
In 1982, compact discs debuted for sale in Japan.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Helio Gracie (1913-2009), martial artist; Walter Matthau (1920-2000), actor; Jimmy Carter (1924- ), 39th U.S. president; William Rehnquist (1924-2005), United States chief justice; Tom Bosley (1927-2010), actor; Richard Harris (1930-2002), actor; Julie Andrews (1935- ), actress; Rod Carew (1945- ), baseball player; Tim O'Brien (1946- ), author; Esai Morales (1962- ), actor; Mark McGwire (1963- ), baseball player; Zach Galifianakis (1969- ), actor/comedian; Rupert Friend (1981- ), actor; Brie Larson (1989- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1957, the first paper currency bearing the U.S. motto "In God We Trust" entered circulation.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1961, Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking the single-season record that had been held by Babe Ruth since 1927.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I do not despair for our country. I never do. I believe tonight, as I always have, that the essential decency and compassion and common sense of the American people will prevail." -- Jimmie Carter
TODAY'S NUMBER: $3.50 -- adult ticket price at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom the day it opened in 1971. The one-day ticket price (age 10 and up) in 2017 is $107.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Sept. 27) and full moon (Oct. 5).