Tuesday, Sept. 18, is the 262d day of 2012. There are 104 days left in the year.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 79. Actor Robert Blake is 79. Actor Fred Willard is 73. Singer Frankie Avalon is 72. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 62. Basketball coach Rick Pitino is 60. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 57. Actor James Gandolfini is 51. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 45. Racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is 41. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 41. Actor James Marsden is 39. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 38. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis (‘‘Saturday Night Live”) is 37. Actress Alison Lohman is 33.
In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a commission naming Rabbi Jacob Frankel of Rodeph Shalom Congregation in Philadelphia the first Jewish chaplain of the US Army.
In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.
In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 2002, The Bush administration pressed Congress to take the lead in authorizing force against Iraq, with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asserting, ‘‘It serves no US or UN purpose to give Saddam Hussein excuses for further delay.’’
In 2007,O.J. Simpson was charged with seven felonies, including kidnapping, in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in a Las Vegas casino-hotel room.