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The almanac

By United Press International   |   Nov. 19, 2013 at 3:30 AM   |   Comments

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2013 with 42 to follow.

The moon is waning. 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 English King Charles I in 1600; U.S. frontier military leader George Rogers Clark in 1752; James Abram Garfield, 20th president of the United States, in 1831; baseball player and religious revivalist Billy Sunday in 1862; explorer Hiram Bingham, discoverer of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, in 1875; bandleader Tommy Dorsey in 1905; Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1917; actors Clifton Webb in 1889, Alan Young in 1919 and Gene Tierney in 1920; baseball Hall of Fame member Roy Campanella in 1921; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick in 1926; talk show host Larry King in 1933 (age 80); business executive Jack Welch in 1935 (age 78); entertainer Dick Cavett in 1936 (age 77); entrepreneur Ted Turner in 1938 (age 75); fashion designer Calvin Klein in 1942 (age 71); actor Kathleen Quinlan in 1954 (age 59); Eileen Collins, first female space shuttle commander, television personality Ann Curry and actor Glynnis O'Connor, all in 1956 (age 57); actors Allison Janney in 1959 (age 54), Meg Ryan in 1961 (age 52), Jodie Foster in 1962 (age 51) and Terry Farrell in 1963 (age 50); Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug in 1977 (age 36); and the McCaughey septuplets of Iowa in 1997 (age 16).


On this date in history:

In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on a Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

In 1919, the U.S. Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles drawn up by the Paris peace conference at the end of World War I.

In 1930, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow carried out the first of their series of bank robberies.

In 1939, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for his presidential library at Hyde Park, N.Y.

In 1954, the first automatic toll collection machine went into service at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway.

In 1969, Apollo 12 landed on the moon. Pete Conrad and Alan Bean become the third and fourth humans to walk on the moon.

In 1986, at the beginning of what became the Iran-Contra scandal, U.S. President Ronald Reagan said the United States would send no more arms to Iran.

In 1994, Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano and his party claimed victory in the country's first multiparty presidential and parliamentary elections.

In 1995, in a close presidential runoff election in Poland, former Communist Party leader Aleksander Kwasniewski defeated incumbent Lech Walesa.

In 1997, Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets in Des Moines, Iowa, the first time seven babies had been born and survived.

In 2002, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to create a Cabinet-level Homeland Security Department in the largest government reorganization in more than 50 years.

In 2005, Prince Albert II formally became ruler of Monaco, assuming the throne of his late father, Prince Rainier.

In 2007, the official death toll from Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh reached 3,000.

In 2008, data on housing and prices sent U.S. stock markets plunging The Dow Jones industrial average fell to a six-year low, dropping 5.1 percent to 7,997.28.

In 2009, U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., became the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress in history, serving 56 years, 10 months and 16 days. The 92-year-old lawmaker eclipsed the record of Arizona Democrat Carl Hayden.

In 2012, a remodeled version of a controversial 16-foot-tall bronze statue of Pope John Paul II was unveiled at Rome's Termini Station. The statue was given a new look after complaints from the public that the original was ugly, an "eyesore" that didn't look like John Paul, who died in 2005.


A thought for the day: "You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans." -- Ronald Reagan

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