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By United Press International   |   July 22, 2013 at 3:30 AM   |   0 comments

Today is Monday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2013 with 162 to follow.

The moon is full. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Saturn and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include poet Emma Lazarus in 1849; painter Edward Hopper in 1882; U.S. political family matriarch Rose Kennedy in 1890; U.S. psychiatrist Karl Menninger in 1893; poet Stephen Vincent Benet and sculptor Alexander Calder, both in 1898; former U.S. Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., in 1923 (age 90); actor Orson Bean in 1928 (age 85); fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in 1932 (age 81); actors Louise Fletcher in 1934 (age 79) and Terence Stamp in 1938 (age 75); "Jeopardy!" game show host Alex Trebek in 1940 (age 73); actor/singer Bobby Sherman in 1943 (age 70); actor Danny Glover in 1946 (age 67); comedian/actor Albert Brooks and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Don Henley, both in 1947 (age 66); composer Alan Menken in 1949 (age 64); actor Willem Dafoe in 1955 (age 58); R&B singer Keith Sweat in 1963 (age 50); comedians John Leguizamo and David Spade, both in 1964 (age 49); actor Colin Ferguson in 1972 (age 41); singer Rufus Wainwright in 1973 (age 40); and actor/singer Selena Gomez in 1992 (age 21).


On this day in history:

In 1376, according to German legend, a piper -- having not been paid for ridding the town of Hamelin of its rats -- led the town's children away, never to be seen again.

In 1620, Dutch pilgrims started for America. Their ship -- called the "Speedhaven" -- set sail from Delfshaven, Holland.

In 1793, Canadian explorer Alexander Mackenzie reached the Pacific.

In 1864, in the first battle of Atlanta, Confederate troops under Gen. John Hood were defeated by Union forces under Gen. William Sherman.

In 1916, a bomb hidden in a suitcase exploded during a Preparedness Day parade on San Francisco's Market Street, killing 10 people and wounding 40. The parade was in support of the United States' entrance into World War I.

In 1933, Wiley Post completed his first solo flight around the world. It took him 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.

In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger died in a hail of bullets from federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.

In 1991, Milwaukee police arrested Jeffrey Dahmer as a suspect in the deaths of at least 15 people.

In 1992, Pablo Escobar, the boss of the Medellin cocaine cartel, and nine henchmen vanished from a Colombian prison. Many months later, Escobar was surrounded and killed.

In 1994, a U.S. federal judge ordered The Citadel, a state-financed military college in Charleston, S.C., to open its doors to women.

In 2003, Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusai, were killed by U.S. forces in a 6-hour firefight at a house in Mosul in northern Iraq.

In 2004, the Sept. 11 Commission recommended a radical overhaul of the way the nation's intelligence and counter-terror agencies were run and criticized Congress and two administrations for failing to stop the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

In 2006, Afghanistan was "close to anarchy" with Western military forces "running out of time," the head of NATO's international security force in that country said.

In 2008, jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs and four other members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were indicted on charges of child sexual assault by a grand jury in Texas.

In 2009, millions of Hindus bathed in India's holy rivers and throngs across Asia sought vantage points to view a rare 4-minute total solar eclipse, longest of the 21st century.

In 2011, Anders Behring Breivik, a 33-year-old Norwegian right-wing extremist, boasted he was responsible for the massacre of 77 people in Norway's worst peacetime atrocity. However, he denied criminal guilt at his Oslo trial, saying he was trying to stop a Muslim takeover. Breivik admitted killing 69 people, mostly teenagers, in a shooting rampage at a youth summer camp and setting a bomb that killed eight others in Oslo.

In 2012, Chinese police, reporting on a crackdown against economic crimes, said they arrested 463 people on counterfeiting charges and seized $18.5 million in fake bills.


A thought for the day: Mordecai Richler wrote: "The revolution eats its own. Capitalism re-creates itself."

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