-- Today is Sunday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2005. There are 97 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 25, 1789, the first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)
On this date:
In 1690, one of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, published its first _ and last _ edition in Boston.
In 1775, American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured by the British as he led an attack on Montreal.
In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed a measure establishing Sequoia National Park.
In 1890, Wilford Woodruff, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a Manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy.
In 1919, President Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, Colo., during a national speaking tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles.
In 1957, with 300 U.S. Army troops standing guard, nine black children forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class.
In 1973, the three-man crew of the U.S. space laboratory Skylab 2 splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean after spending 59 days in orbit.
In 1978, 144 people were killed when a Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 727 and a private plane collided over San Diego.
In 1979, the musical "Evita" opened on Broadway.
In 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court.
Ten years ago: Ross Perot announced he would form a new Independence Party that would field its own White House candidate and would try to be the swing vote in congressional races.
Five years ago: In Yugoslavia, opposition presidential candidate Vojislav Kostunica claimed victory in weekend elections over incumbent Slobodan Milosevic. In Sydney, Australia, Cathy Freeman became the first Aborigine to win an individual Olympic gold medal, capturing the women's 400 meters. Michael Johnson of the United States became the first man to successfully defend a 400-meter title.
One year ago: U.S. warplanes, tanks and artillery repeatedly hit at Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror network in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, Iraq. Billionaire oilman, philanthropist and onetime Fox studios owner Marvin Davis died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 79.
Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Phil Rizzuto is 88. ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters is 74. Country singer Ian Tyson is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Joe Russell is 66. Actor Robert Walden is 62. Actor-producer Michael Douglas is 61. Model Cheryl Tiegs is 58. Actress Mimi Kennedy is 56. Actor Mark Hamill is 54. Actor Colin Friels is 53. Actor Michael Madsen is 47. Actress Heather Locklear is 44. Actress Aida Turturro is 43. Actor Tate Donovan is 42. Basketball player Scottie Pippen is 40. Actor Jason Flemyng is 39. Actor Will Smith is 37. Actor Hal Sparks is 36. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is 36. Actress Bridgette Wilson is 32. Actor Chris Owen is 25. Singer Diana Ortiz (Dream) is 20.
Thought for Today: "There seems to be an excess of everything except parking space and religion." _ "Kin Hubbard" (Frank McKinney), American humorist (1868-1930).