The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mercury, Saturn, Venus and Mars. The evening stars are Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include British statesman William Pitt ("the elder") in 1708; British astronomer William Herschel, discoverer of the planet Uranus, in 1738; Nobel Prize-winning physiologist August Krogh of Denmark in 1874; artist Georgia O'Keeffe in 1887; jurist Felix Frankfurter in 1882; diplomat W. Averell Harriman and World War II German Gen. Erwin Rommel, both in 1891; Annunzio Mantovani, orchestra leader, in 1905; U.S. Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay in 1906; TV personality and retired Judge Joseph Wapner in 1919 (age 88); actor Edward Asner in 1929 (age 78); pop singer Petula Clark in 1932 (age 75); actors Yaphet Kotto in 1937 (age 70) and Sam Waterston in 1940 (age 67); conductor Daniel Barenboim in 1942 (age 65); actress Beverly D'Angelo in 1951 (age 56); and "Tonight Show" band leader Kevin Eubanks in 1957 (age 50).
On this date in history:
In 1864, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman began his Civil War march from Atlanta to the sea.
In 1920, the first assembly of the League of Nations was called to order in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1943, Heinrich Himmler ordered Gypsies be placed in Nazi concentration camps.
In 1969, 250,000 people demonstrated in Washington against the Vietnam War.
In 1984, 5-week-old Baby Fae died after her body rejected the baboon heart she had lived with for 20 days at California's Loma Linda University Medical Center.
In 1987, 27 people were killed when a Continental Airlines DC-9 jet crashed in a snowstorm during takeoff from Denver.
In 1989, tornadoes struck six Southern states, killing 17 people and injuring 463, causing at least $100 million in damage in Huntsville, Ala.
In 1990, the so-called Keating Five -- Sens. Alan Cranston, D-Calif.; Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz.; John Glenn, D-Ohio; John McCain, R-Ariz.; and Donald Riegle, D-Mich. -- were accused of influence peddling on behalf of savings and loan kingpin Charles Keating.
In 1992, Newsweek quoted Elizabeth Tamposi saying a U.S. State Department colleague acting on behest of the White House asked her to dig up information on Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton.
In 2001, U.S. commandos were on the ground in southern Afghanistan in the search for al-Qaida leaders and more than 250 U.S. and British special-force troops landed north of Kabul.
In 2002, the White House and the FBI backed off from a warning that al-Qaida was plotting "spectacular" attacks against the United States after critics latched onto it to show progress in the war on terror was faltering.
In 2004, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell submitted his resignation.
Also in 2004, facing the possibility of U.N. sanctions, Iran announced it would suspend its uranium enrichment program.
In 2005, the official death toll from Hurricane Katrina stood at 972 with more bodies found as Louisiana residents returned home more than a month after the search for victims officially ended.
In 2006, a minor tsunami created by an 8.1 earthquake off northern Japan struck Crescent City on the northern California coast, damaging docks and boats. No injuries were reported. A small tsunami also hit Japan’s northern and eastern coasts.
A thought for the day: Nobel Prize-winning poet George Seferis said, "We have many monsters to destroy."