Today is Wednesday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2019. There are 104 days left in the year.

Today in history

On Sept. 18, 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

Also on this date:

  • In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of federal commissioners charged with returning escaped slaves to their owners.
  • In 1947, the National Security Act, which created a National Military Establishment and the position of Secretary of Defense, went into effect.
  • In 1959, during his U.S. tour, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visited Wall Street, the Empire State Building and the grave of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Khrushchev called on all countries to disarm.

Fun fact

The longest tennis point ever played lasted for 29 minutes and 643 shots.

That’s punny

What did the traffic lights say to the cars?

“Don’t look, I’m changing.”

Trending words

“Travail:” noun; (tra·​vail). Definition: Work especially of a painful or laborious nature: toil or a physical or mental exertion or piece of work; task, effort, agony, torment, labor or childbirth.

— Merriam-Webster

Today’s birthdays

Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 86. Actor Robert Blake is 86. Actor Fred Willard is 86. Gospel singer Bobby Jones is 81. Singer Frankie Avalon is 79. Actress Beth Grant is 70. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 70. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 69. The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, is 68. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is 67. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 64. Movie director Mark Romanek is 60. Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is 60. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 58. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 57. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 55. Actress Aisha Tyler is 49. Former racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is 48. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 48. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 48. Actor James Marsden is 46. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 45. Actor Travis Schuldt is 45. Rapper Xzibit is 45. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis is 44. Actress Sophina Brown is 43. Actor Barrett Foa is 42. Talk show host Sara Haines (TV: “GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke”) is 42. Actor/comedian Billy Eichner is 41. Actress Alison Lohman is 40. Designer Brandon Maxwell is 35. Congressman and former NFL player Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, is 35. Actors Brandon and Taylor Porter are 26. Actor Patrick Schwarzenegger is 26. Country singer Tae Dye (Maddie and Tae) is 24. Actor C.J. Sanders is 23.

The Edge is compiled by Dallas Marshall. She can be contacted at

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