1. Partly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 42 degrees today, with sunrise at 6:19 a.m. The sun sets at 5:42 p.m., and night brings a low of 28 degrees.
2. The Elks Lodge hosts their annual Firefighters Day today, recognizing personnel from the fire departments in New London, Waterford, East Lyme, Montville, and the Mohegan Tribe as well as Lawrence & Memorial Hospital paramedics. A social hour starts at noon and is followed by a lunch at 1 p.m. Admission is $20.
3. It’s the last chance to check out the play Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the Tansill Theater of Connecticut College. The performance starts at 2 p.m., and admission is $8 or $6 for students.
4. From birds to cats to gerbils, the Connecticut Humane Society has plenty of animals looking for a new home. Check out the Pets of the Week each Sunday at 5 p.m. to see who’s looking for adoption.
5. “The Star-Spangled Banner” may date back to the War of 1812, but it did not officially become the national anthem of the United States until this day in 1931. President Herbert Hoover confirmed the song’s status after an act of Congress.