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The Almanac

By United Press International   |   Jan. 5, 2002 at 4:45 AM   |   Comments

Today is Saturday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2002 with 360 to follow.

The moon is in its last quarter.

The morning star is Jupiter.

The evening stars are Mars and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Zebulon Pike, discoverer of Pike's Peak in Colorado, and Navy Capt. Stephen Decatur, both in 1779; King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor, in 1855; German statesman Konrad Adenauer in 1876; astrologer Jeane Dixon in 1918; former vice president and 1984 Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale in 1928 (age 74); actor Robert Duvall in 1931 (age 71); and actresses Diane Keaton in 1946 (age 56), Pamela Sue Martin in 1954 (age 48) and Suzy Amis in 1962 (age 40).


On this date in history:

In 1914, Ford Motor Co. increased its daily wage from $2.34 for a nine-hour day to $5.00 for eight hours of work.

In 1919, the National Socialist (Nazi) Party was formed in Germany.

In 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming was sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.

In 1964, Pope Paul VI and Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras met in Jerusalem, the first meeting of a pope and a patriarch in more than five centuries.

In 1991, Israeli soldiers killed a 12-year-old boy after they opened fire on Palestinian stone-throwers in the occupied West Bank.

In 1993, the 103rd Congress convened.

Also in 1993, the state of Washington executed multiple child-killer Westley Allan Dodd by hanging in the nation's first gallows execution in 28 years.

In 1994, the United States and North Korea agreed, in principle, that the latter would allow inspections of its declared nuclear facilities.

Also in 1994, the White House announced the Justice Department had subpoenaed documents belonging to President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in connection with the Whitewater investigation.

In 1995, the House passed a bill requiring Congress to comply with its own civil rights and labor laws. The Senate followed suit six days later.

In 1996, the longest government shutdown ended after 21 days when Congress passed a stopgap spending measure that would allow federal employees to return to work. President Clinton signed the bill the next day.

In 1998, Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif., was killed when he hit a tree while skiing at South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

In 2000, the Clinton administration decided that Elian Gonzalez, a 6-year-old Cuban refugee whose mother drown while trying to enter the United States, should be returned to his father in Cuba. The next day, hundreds of Cuban-Americans marched in protest in Miami.


A thought for the day: Maya Angelou said, "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

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