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 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; actor Lewis Stone in 1879; 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, Italian orchestra leader, in 1905; U.S. Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay in 1906; TV personality and retired Judge Joseph Wapner in 1919 (age 94); actor Edward Asner in 1929 (age 84); pop singer Petula Clark in 1932 (age 81); actors Yaphet Kotto in 1937 (age 76) and Sam Waterston in 1940 (age 73); conductor Daniel Barenboim in 1942 (age 71); actor Beverly D'Angelo in 1951 (age 62); musician Kevin Eubanks in 1957 (age 56); golf champion Lorena Ochoa in 1981 (age 32).
On this date in history:
In 1791, Georgetown University, in what is now Washington, D.C., opened as the first Roman Catholic college in the United States.
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 that 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 in the crash of a Continental Airlines DC-9 jet taking off from Denver in a snowstorm.
In 2004, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell submitted his resignation.
In 2007, Cyclone Sidr, with winds of more than 150 mph, slammed into the southwestern Bangladesh coast, killing more than 3,400 people. Tens of thousands were injured and 1 million people were homeless.
In 2010, a five-story building in New Delhi that housed migrant workers collapsed, killing at least 42 people, with 65 others hurt and many more feared buried in debris, and fire in a high-rise Shanghai apartment building, primarily a home for teachers, killed more than 40 people and injured dozens.
In 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Agmet Davutoglu announced Turkey had joined France and several Arab states in officially recognizing a coalition of rebels as legitimate leaders in war-torn Syria.
A thought for the day: Nobel Prize-winning poet Giorgos Seferis said, "We have many monsters to destroy."
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