8/31/2013 1:57:00 PM World Almanac for Sept. 1st Today is the 244th day of 2013 and the 73rd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1897, the first section of Boston's subway system -- the first underground public transportation in the U.S. -- opened. In 1902, "A Trip to the Moon," widely considered the first science fiction film, was released in France. In 1939, Germany invaded Poland, marking the beginning of World War II. In 1985, American and French researchers discovered the wreckage of the luxury liner Titanic on the ocean floor near Newfoundland. In 2004, Chechen militants took more than 1,100 people hostage at a school in Beslan, Russia.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921), composer; Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), author/journalist; Richard Farnsworth (1920-2000), actor; Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), boxer; Boxcar Willie (1931-1999), singer-songwriter; Conway Twitty (1933-1993), singer-songwriter; Alan Dershowitz (1938- ), attorney; Lily Tomlin (1939- ), actress/comedian; Barry Gibb (1946- ), singer-songwriter; Phil McGraw (1950- ), TV personality; Gloria Estefan (1957- ), singer-songwriter.
TODAY'S FACT: Of all the countries involved in World War II, Poland is believed to have lost the highest percentage of its citizens to war-related fatalities, at about 20 percent.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1972, American Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky of Russia to win the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The first rule for escaping prison in the United States is always having someone more important than yourself to incriminate." -- Alan Dershowitz
TODAY'S NUMBER: 900 -- unmarked graves unearthed by workers building the first section of the Boston subway system in the late 19th century.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Aug. 28) and new moon (Sept. 5).