Today is Saturday, Sept. 22, the 266th day of 2012. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 10:49 a.m.
Today’s Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda is 85. NBA Commissioner David Stern is 70. Actress Shari Belafonte is 58. Singer Debby Boone is 56. Singer Andrea Bocelli is 54. Singer Joan Jett is 54. Actor Scott Baio is 52. Actress Catherine Oxenberg is 51.
In 1761, Britain’s King George III and his wife, Charlotte, were crowned in Westminster Abbey.
In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Captain Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.
In 1862, President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.
In 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued rules prohibiting racial discrimination on interstate buses. Actress Marion Davies died in Los Angeles at 64.
In 1964, the musical ‘‘Fiddler on the Roof’’ opened on Broadway.
In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but missed. (Moore served 32 years in prison before being paroled on Dec. 31, 2007.)
In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war that lasted nearly eight years.