9/23/2013 1:00:00 PM World Almanac for Sept. 23, 2013 Today is the 266th day of 2013 and the second day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1806, Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis from its exploration venture to the Pacific coast. In 1845, the New York Knickerbockers baseball club was founded. In 1846, astronomers Urbain Le Verrier, John Couch Adams and Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune. In 1952, vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon gave his famous "Checkers" speech, denying allegations of improper campaign financing.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), journalist/philosopher; Mickey Rooney (1920- ), actor; John Coltrane (1926-1967), jazz saxophonist/bandleader; Ray Charles (1930-2004), singer-songwriter; Julio Iglesias (1943- ), singer-songwriter; Marty Schottenheimer (1943- ), football coach; Bruce Springsteen (1949- ), singer-songwriter; Jason Alexander (1959- ), actor; Ani DiFranco (1970- ), singer-songwriter; Anthony Mackie (1979- ), actor; Joba Chamberlain (1985- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S FACT: Nintendo, known today as the video game company responsible for the creation of the Wii console, was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in Kyoto, Japan, on this day in 1889. The company originally produced handmade playing cards.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1988, Jose Canseco of the Oakland A's became the first member of Major League Baseball's "40-40 club," hitting 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To create a minimum standard of life below which no human being can fall is the most elementary duty of the democratic state." -- Walter Lippmann