► Today is Tuesday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2011. There are 116 days left in the year.
► Today’s birthdays: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 74. Country singer David Allan Coe is 72. Rock singer-musician Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 68. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 67. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 64. Country singer-songwriter Buddy Miller is 59. Country musician Joe Smyth (Sawyer Brown) is 54. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 53. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow is 53. Rock musician Perry Bamonte is 51. Actor Steven Eckholdt is 50. Rock musician Scott Travis (Judas Priest) is 50. Pop musician Pal Waaktaar (a-ha) is 50. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is 49. Rock musician Kevin Miller is 49. ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas is 49. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 48. Actress Betsy Russell is 48. Actress Rosie Perez is 47. Rhythm & blues singer Macy Gray is 44. Singer CeCe Peniston is 42. Rhythm & blues singer Darryl Anthony (Az Yet) is 42. Actress Daniele Gaither (“MADtv’’) is 41. Rock singer Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) is 40. Actor Dylan Bruno (“Numb3ers’’) is 39. Actor Idris Elba (“The Wire’’) is 39. Actress Justina Machado is 39. Actress Anika Noni Rose is 39. Rock singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 37. Actor Justin Whalin is 37. Actress Naomie Harris is 35. Rapper Noreaga is 34. Actress Natalia Cigliuti is 33. Rapper Foxy Brown is 33.
► In 1711, Henry Muhlenberg, the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America, was born in Einbeck, Hanover, Germany.
► In 1901, President McKinley was shot and mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. (McKinley died eight days later; he was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. Czolgosz was executed in October 1901.)
► In 1916, the first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, was opened in Memphis, Tenn., by Clarence Saunders.
► In 1939, the Union of South Africa declared war on Germany.
► In 1948, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands was inaugurated as queen, two days after the abdication of her mother, Queen Wilhelmina.
► In 1949, Howard Unruh, a resident of Camden, N.J., shot and killed 13 of his neighbors. (Found to have paranoid schizophrenia, Unruh was confined for the rest of his life; he died in a Trenton nursing home in 2009 at 88.)
► In 1985, all 31 people aboard a Midwest Express Airlines DC-9 were killed when the Atlanta-bound jetliner crashed just after takeoff from Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field.
► In 1991, the Soviet Union recognized the independence of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Russian lawmakers upheld a decision by residents of Leningrad to restore the city’s pre-revolutionary name, St. Petersburg.
► In 2006, President Bush acknowledged for the first time that the CIA was running secret prisons overseas.