The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto. The evening stars are Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include Russian Czar Ivan III, known as Ivan the Great, in 1440; English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon in 1561; French physicist Andre Ampere in 1775; British poet Lord George Byron in 1788; D.W. Griffith, silent films director ("Birth of a Nation"), in 1875; U.N. Secretary-General U Thant in 1909; actresses Ann Sothern in 1909 and Piper Laurie in 1932 (age 72); actor Bill Bixby in 1934; soul singer Sam Cooke in 1935; author Joseph Wambaugh in 1937 (age 67); actor John Hurt in 1940 (age 64); Journey lead singer Steve Perry in 1950 (age 54); and actors Linda Blair in 1959 (age 45), Olivia D'Abo in 1967 (age 37) and Balthazar Getty in 1975 (age 29).
On this date in history:
In 1771, Spain ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain.
In 1901, Queen Victoria of Britain died at age 82 after a reign of 64 years.
In 1943, American and Australian troops took New Guinea in the first land victory over the Japanese in World War II.
In 1944, American troops invaded Italy, landing at Anzio beach in a move to outflank German defensive positions.
In 1973, in the Roe vs. Wade decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws restricting abortions during the first six months of pregnancy.
In 1985, a cold wave damaged 90 percent of the Florida citrus crop.
In 1987, Glen Tremml, 27, pedaled the ultralight aircraft Eagle over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for a human-powered flight record of 37.2 miles.
In 1991, Iraq launched the third and bloodiest Scud missile attack against Israel. 98 people were injured. Three others died of heart attacks.
In 1993, Zoe Baird withdrew her nomination for attorney general after it was revealed that she had hired an illegal immigrant couple.
In 1995, two Palestinians killed 18 Israeli soldiers, a civilian and themselves in a bombing outside a military camp in central Israel.
In 1998, accused UNAbomber Ted Kaczynski pleaded guilty to all counts against him in California and New Jersey. He was sentenced to life in prison on May 4.
In 1999, Pope John Paul II arrived in Mexico City on a visit to Mexico and the United States.
In 2002, K-Mart, the nation's third largest discount retailer but in a decline and with disappointing holiday sales, filed for bankruptcy.
In 2003, the Senate approved the nomination of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge to be the first secretary of home security by a 94-0 vote.
Also in 2003, snowboard pioneer Craig Kelly died in a British Columbia avalanche.
A thought for the day: Linus Pauling said, "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."