The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Martin Luther, founder of Protestantism, in 1483; William Hogarth, English artist and engraver, in 1697; Irish author Oliver Goldsmith in 1730; actors Claude Rains in 1889, Richard Burton in 1925 and Roy Scheider in 1932; singer Jane Froman in 1907; bandleader Billy May in 1916; radio and television announcer George Fenneman in 1919; American Indian rights activist/actor Russell Means in 1939; lyricist Tim Rice in 1944 (age 69); country singer Donna Fargo in 1945 (age 68); rock musicians Greg Lake and Dave Loggins, both in 1947 (age 66); actor Mackenzie Phillips and sports journalist Linda Cohn, both in 1959 (age 54); filmmaker Roland Emmerich in 1955 (age 58); comedian Sinbad, born David Adkins, in 1956 (age 57); and actors Hugh Bonneville in 1963 (age 50) and Tracy Morgan in 1968 (age 45) and Brittany Murphy in 1977.
On this date in history:
In 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps was formed by order of the Continental Congress.
In 1917, 41 women from 15 U.S. states were arrested outside the White House for suffragette demonstrations. U.S. women won the right to vote three years later.
In 1951, area codes were introduced in the United States, Canada and parts of the Caribbean, allowing direct-dialing of long-distance telephone calls.
In 1969, "Sesame Street" premiered on PBS.
In 1975, the ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald broke in two and sank during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members.
In 1982, Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev died at age 75 after 18 years in power.
In 1983, Microsoft released its Windows computer operating system.
In 1994, the only privately owned manuscript of Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci was sold at auction at Christie's in New York for $30.8 million, the highest amount paid for a manuscript.
In 2004, Shell Hydrogen opened the first hydrogen outlet at a retail gasoline station in Washington to service fuel-cell vehicles from General Motors.
In 2006, Mexico City lawmakers officially recognized same-sex civil unions.
In 2009, John Allen Muhammad, convicted as the sniper who killed 10 people in a 2002 shooting spree in the Washington area, was executed in Virginia.
In 2012, the United Nations declared today "Malala Day" to honor Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education.
A thought for the day: Author Maya Angelou said, "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."
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