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The almanac

By United Press International   |   Nov. 4, 2013 at 3:30 AM   |   Comments

Today is Monday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2013 with 57 to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Mercury. The evening stars are Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include humorist Will Rogers in 1879; journalist Walter Cronkite in 1916; actors Gig Young in 1913, Art Carney in 1918, Martin Balsam in 1919, Doris Roberts in 1925 (age 88) and Loretta Swit in 1937 (age 76); former U.S. first lady Laura Bush in 1946 (age 67); controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in 1946; novelist Charles Frazier in 1950 (age 63); actors Markie Post in 1950 (age 63), Ralph Macchio in 1962 (age 51) and Matthew McConaughey and singer/actor/songwriter Sean "Puffy" Combs, both in 1969 (age 44); and television personality Jeff Probst in 1962 (age 51).


On this date in history:

In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen, ancient Egypt's child-king.

In 1952, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, ending 20 years of Democratic administrations.

In 1956, Soviet forces entered Budapest to crush an anti-communist revolt in Hungary.

In 1979, Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking about 90 people hostage, 63 of them Americans.

In 1980, Republican Ronald Reagan was elected the 40th U.S. president in a landslide victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter.

In 1991, Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, returned home, ending more than five years of exile in the United States.

In 1993, Canadian Liberal Party leader Jean Chretien was sworn in as prime minister.

In 1994, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to withdraw the remaining 17,000 U.N. troops from Somalia by mid-March 1995.

In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 73, was assassinated by a Jewish extremist following a peace rally in Tel Aviv.

In 2002, Roman Catholic Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston apologized for assigning priests who may have been sexually abusive to parishes where they continued to have access to children.

In 2003, the elevation of a gay Episcopal priest to bishop prompted worldwide opposition, including a remark from a Kenyan cleric, "The devil has clearly entered our church."

In 2006, six Arab countries -- Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates -- announced plans to pursue nuclear energy.

In 2008, Barack Obama, a Democratic U.S. senator from Illinois, was elected the first African-American president of the United States, taking 338 electoral votes to 161 for Republican John McCain.

In 2010, Republicans gained 63 seats and seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Democrats but lost a bid to win the Senate majority.

In 2012, a 2-year-old boy was mauled to death after falling into an exhibit of wild African dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium.


A thought for the day: Humorist Will Rogers said, "My forefathers didn't come over on the Mayflower but they met the boat."

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