The moon is waning.
The morning stars are Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
The evening stars are Venus, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include Hungarian composer Franz Liszt in 1811; actresses Sarah Bernhardt in 1844 and Joan Fontaine in 1917 (age 84); English author Doris Lessing in 1919 (age 83); psychologist and LSD advocate Timothy Leary in 1920; artist Robert Rauschenberg in 1925 (age 77); actors Derek Jacobi and Christopher Lloyd, both in 1938 (age 64), Annette Funicello in 1942 (age 60), Catherine Deneuve in 1943 (age 59), and Jeff Goldblum in 1952 (age 50); and champion skater Brian Boitano in 1963 (age 39).
On this date in history:
In 1797, the first parachute jump was made by Andre-Jacques Garnerin, who dropped from a height of about 6500 feet over a Paris park.
In 1836, Gen. Sam Houston was sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
In 1938, inventor Charles Carlson produced the first dry, or xerographic, copy, but had trouble attracting investors.
In 1962, President Kennedy announced that Soviet missiles had been deployed in Cuba and ordered a blockade of the island.
In 1978, Pope John Paul II was installed as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1990, President Bush vetoed the Civil Rights Act of 1990, saying it would lead to a quota system.
Also in 1990, a judge in Santa Ana, Calif., ruled that a surrogate mother not genetically linked to a baby she bore for a childless couple had no right to the infant.
In 1991, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir warned that Israel would refuse to negotiate with any Palestinians who claimed alliance to the PLO.
In 1992, pioneer sportscaster Red Barber died at age 84.
In 2001, anthrax spores were found in a mail opening machine serving the White House. Preliminary tests on 120 workers who sort mail for the executive mansion were negative.
Also in 2001, the Pentagon announced nearly 200 U.S. jets struck Taliban and al Quaida communications facilities, barracks and training camps over the weekend. Taliban officials charged that 100 civilians had been killed when one bomb hit a hospital in western Afghanistan but the U.S. said it had no evidence of such an event.
A thought for the day: of the existence of God, Clarence Darrow said, "I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure."
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