This is Memorial Day in the United States.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus, Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include English Gen. John Churchill, ancestor of statesman Winston Churchill, in 1650; entertainer Al Jolson in 1886; dancer Isadora Duncan in 1877; actors John Wayne in 1907, Robert Morley in 1908; Jay Silverheels in 1912; Peter Cushing in 1913 and James Arness in 1923; trumpeter Ziggy Elman in 1914; singers Peggy Lee in 1920 and Stevie Nicks in 1948 (age 66); jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in 1926; right-to-die advocate Jack Kevorkian in 1928; sportscaster Brent Musburger in 1939 (age 75); musician and actor Levon Helm in 1940; singer Hank Williams Jr. and actors Pam Grier and Philip Michael Thomas, all in 1949 (age 65); Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, in 1951; actors Genie Francis and Bobcat Goldthwait, both in 1962 (age 52) and Helena Bonham Carter in 1966 (age 48); and musician Lenny Kravitz in 1964 (age 50).
On this date in history:
In 1864, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, anxious to create new free territories during the Civil War, signed an act establishing the Montana Territory. (Montana became a state 25 years later.)
In 1868, at the end of a historic two-month trial, the U.S. Senate failed to convict President Andrew Johnson of impeachment charges levied against him by the House of Representatives. Johnson won acquittal by one vote on each count.
In 1896, Nicholas II became the Russian czar.
In 1897, "Dracula" was published by Irish writer Bram Stoker.
In 1940, the evacuation of Dunkirk began. Sailing vessels of every kind were pressed into service to ferry British, French and Belgian soldiers trapped by advancing German forces in northern France across the English Channel. (All 200,000 were safely across by June 2.)
In 1954, more than 100 crewmembers of the aircraft carrier USS Bennington died in an explosion off Rhode Island.
In 1972, at a Moscow summit, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pact limiting nuclear weapons.
In 1985, a cyclone struck the Bay of Bengal, killing 1,400 people in Bangladesh.
In 1991, a Lauda Air Boeing 767-300 exploded over Thailand after takeoff, killing all 223 people aboard.
In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley, were married in the Dominican Republic. (They divorced two years later.)
In 2003, a plane crash in Turkey killed all 74 people aboard, including 62 Spanish soldiers returning from peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan.
In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals judge, to the U.S. Supreme Court to succeed retiring Justice David Souter. (She became the first person of Hispanic ancestry on the high court.)
In 2012, Dmitry Medvedev, prime minister and ex-president, was elected leader of the ruling United Russia party.
In 2013, Brazilian driver Tony Kanaan won the Indianapolis 500.
A thought for the day: "If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it." -- Andy Rooney
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