The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Mercury.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include British statesman and scholar James Bryce in 1838; Swiss theologian Karl Barth in 1886; Max Steiner, who composed musical scores for movies, including "Gone With The Wind" and "Casablanca," in 1888; actor/dancer Fred Astaire in 1899; movie producer David O. Selznick in 1902; musician Maybelle Carter in 1909; pediatrician/author T. Berry Brazelton in 1919 (age 94); football player and broadcaster Pat Summerall in 1930; British writer Barbara Taylor Bradford in 1933; musicians Donovan Leitch and Dave Mason, both in 1946 (age 68), and Sid Vicious in 1957; John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman in 1955 (age 59); actors Nancy Walker in 1922, Gary Owens in 1936 (age 78) and Kenan Thompson in 1978 (age 36); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and U2 lead singer Bono, born Paul David Hewson, in 1960 (age 54); former astronaut Lisa Nowak in 1963 (age 51); supermodel Linda Evangelista in 1965 (age 49); race car driver Helio Castroneves in 1975 (age 39).
On this date in history:
In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops. (He spent the next two years in prison.)
In 1869, the "golden spike" was driven at Promontory, Utah, joining the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific lines to form America's first transcontinental railway.
In 1908, Mother's Day observed for the first time in the United States.
In 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was appointed director of the FBI. (He held the position until his death in 1972.)
In 1940, Nazi Germany invaded Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, swinging 89 army divisions around France's so-called impregnable Maginot Line. Also on this day in 1940, Winston Churchill became prime minister of Great Britain.
In 1954, "Rock Around the Clock" was released by Bill Haley and His Comets. It was the first rock 'n' roll record to reach the top on the Billboard charts.
In 1984, a federal judge in Utah found the U.S. government negligent in above-ground Nevada nuclear tests from 1951 to 1962 that exposed downwind residents to radiation.
In 1994, John Wayne Gacy, the convicted killer of 33 young men and boys, was executed in Illinois.
In 1995, the World Health Organization said a mysterious disease in Zaire was caused by the Ebola virus. (By the time the outbreak was declared over in late August, 244 of the 315 known victims had died.)
In 2002, former FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who had spied for the Soviet Union and Russia for more than 20 years, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
In 2003, officials said a record outburst of tornadoes in the Midwest and South over several days had killed 48 people and injured hundreds.
In 2004, U.S. Army forces leveled the Baghdad headquarters of radical cleric Moqtada Sadr and killed 35 people.
In 2007, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced he would step down in June after 10 years in office.
In 2009, military officials in Sri Lanka denied reports that government troops killed more than 2,000 civilians in a clash with Tamil Tiger militants.
In 2010, Benigno Aquino III, son of a former president, was elected president of the Philippines.
In 2012, two car bombs exploded outside an intelligence compound in Damascus, Syria, killing 55 people and injuring nearly 400.
In 2013, the Internal Revenue Service apologized for giving special scrutiny to applications for tax-exempt status that used the words "Tea Party" or "patriots."
A thought for the day: "Prejudice is a product of ignorance that hides behind barriers of tradition." -- Jasper Fforde
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