The moon is waxing, moving toward its full phase.
The morning stars are Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.
The evening star is Mars.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include Dutch philosopher Benedictus de Spinoza in 1632; British novelist and clergyman Laurence Sterne in 1718; Zachary Taylor, 12th president of the United States, in 1784; gambler, frontier lawman and sports writer William "Bat" Masterson in 1853; painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in 1864; ragtime composer Scott Joplin in 1868; lecturer and author Dale Carnegie in 1888; actress Geraldine Fitzgerald in 1913 (age 88); columnist William F. Buckley, in 1925 (age 76); former Bush administration spokesman Marlin Fitzwater in 1942 (age 59); and actors Dwight Schultz in 1947 (age 54) and Stanley Livingston in 1950 (age 51).
On this date in history:
In 1863, Union Gen. U.S. Grant launched the Battle of Chattanooga (Tenn.).
In 1869, women from 21 states met in Cleveland to organize the American Women Suffrage Association.
In 1874, Joseph Glidden received a patent for barbed wire, which made the farming of the Great Plains possible.
In 1971, a middle-aged man whose ticket was made out to "D.B. Cooper" hijacked a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle. Somewhere south of Seattle, he parachuted from the plane with the $200,000 in ransom he'd collected from the airline and was never heard from again.
In 1985, Arab commandos forced an EgyptAir jetliner to Malta and began shooting passengers, fatally wounding two. 57 other people died when Egyptian commandos stormed the jet.
In 1989, Czech reform politician Alexander Dubcek made his first public appearance in Prague since the Soviet invasion of 1968.
In 1993, the Brady bill handgun-control legislation cleared Congress. President Clinton signed it into law on Nov. 30, 1993.
In 1995, Irish voters passed a referendum removing the constitutional ban on divorce.
A thought for the day: Dutch philosopher Benedictus de Spinoza said, "Peace is not an absence of war. It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice."