Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2002 with 128 to follow.
The moon is in its first quarter.
The morning stars are Mars, Jupiter, Saturn.
The evening star is Mercury, Venus, Pluto, Neptune, Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include Czar Ivan IV ("Ivan the Terrible") of Russia, in 1530; Allan Pinkerton, founder of the private detective agency, in 1819; author Bret Harte in 1836; dancer/actress Ruby Keeler in 1910; "Pogo" cartoonist Walt Kelly in 1913; actors Van Johnson in 1916 (age 86) and Mel Ferrer in 1917 (age 85); composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1918; former Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1919; Monty Hall, host of "Let's Make A Deal," in 1923 (age 79); actor Sean Connery in 1930 (age 72); talk-show host Regis Philbin in 1934 (age 68); actress Anne Archer in 1947 (age 55); actor John Savage and rock singer Gene Simmons of KISS, both in 1949 (age 53); singer/songwriter Elvis Costello in 1954 (age 48); country singer Billy Ray Cyrus ("Achy Breaky Heart") and actress Ally Walker, both in 1961 (age 41); actors Blair Underwood and Joanne Whalley, both in 1964 (age 38); and supermodel Claudia Schiffer in 1971 (age 31).
On this date in history:
In 1718, the city of New Orleans was founded.
In 1875 Englishman Matthew Webb, a 27-year-old merchant navy captain, became the first known person to successfully swim the English Channel.
In 1944, American troops liberated Paris from the Nazis in World War II.
In 1967, a sniper assassinated American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell in Arlington, Va.
In 1985, Samantha Smith, 13, was killed with her father and six other people in a plane crash in Maine. Her 1983 letter to Soviet President Yuri Andropov about her fear of nuclear war earned her a visit to the Soviet Union.
In 1990, the U.N. Security Council voted 13-0 to authorize use of "minimal" force against ships breaking the economic embargo of Iraq.
In 1991, the Soviet republic of Byelorussia declared independence.
In 1992, researchers reported that cigarette smoking significantly boosts the risk of developing cataracts, a leading cause of blindness.
Also in 1992, right-wing extremists, egged on by Berlin residents, set fire to a hostel for Vietnamese asylum seekers during a third night of violence against foreigners.
In 1993, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York in connection with a number of terrorist activities, including the bombing of the World Trade Center.
Also in 1993, on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at an all-time high of 3652.09.
In 1994, the Senate followed the House's lead and passed President Clinton's crime bill.
In 1995, Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., reversed his position and called for public hearings in the sexual harassment allegations against him.
In 1999, after previously denying it used any such incendiary devices, the FBI admitted it fired pyrotechnic tear-gas canisters at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, on the day in 1993 that the standoff came to a fiery end. But it said the canisters bounced harmlessly off the compound's outer walls.
A thought for the day: John Berryman aaid, "Something has been said for sobriety but very little."