The moon is new. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include British statesman William Pitt (the Younger) in 1759; Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz in 1807; all-around athlete Jim Thorpe in 1888; British novelist Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, in 1908; biologist and politician Barry Commoner and musician Pappa John Creach in 1917; actor Carroll Baker in 1931 (age 83); Annette and Cecile Dionne, surviving members of Canada's Dionne quintuplets, in 1934 (age 80); basketball Hall of Fame member Jerry West in 1938 (age 76); singer Gladys Knight, actor Sondra Locke and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, all in 1944 (age 70); Rock And Roll Hall of Fame member John Fogerty in 1945 (age 69); actor Christa Miller in 1964 (age 50); singer Kylie Minogue in 1968 (age 46); and TV talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck in 1977 (age 37).
On this date in history:
In 1798, the U.S. Congress empowered President John Adams to recruit an American army of 10,000 volunteers.
In 1892, the Sierra Club was founded by naturalist John Muir.
In 1934, the Dionne sisters, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile, Marie and Annette, first documented set of quintuplets to survive, were born near Callander, Ontario, and soon became world-famous. (Emilie died in 1954, Marie in 1970 and Yvonne in 2001.)
In 1961, Amnesty International was founded in London by lawyer Peter Berenson.
In 1987, West German Mathias Rust, 19, flew a single-engine plane from Finland through Soviet radar and landed beside the Kremlin in Moscow. (Three days later, the Soviet defense minister and his deputy were fired.)
In 1998, digitized pictures taken by the Hubbell Space Telescope seemed to show an image of a planet outside the solar system. The planet circled two stars in the constellation Taurus.
In 2000, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori easily won a runoff election but nationwide demonstrations against him continued. (He resigned in September.)
In 2002, scientists said the Mars Odyssey found evidence of ice deposits on Mars.
In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law his modified tax-reduction plan, which lowered the tax rate for upper- and middle-income taxpayers and trimmed rates on capital gains and dividends.
In 2008, Nepal's newly elected Constituent Assembly voted to dissolve the 239-year-old monarchy and form a republic, officially ending the reign of King Gyanendra.
In 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama, in a Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery, said: "For the first time in nine years, Americans are not fighting or dying in Iraq. We are winding down the war in Afghanistan and our troops will continue to come home."
In 2013, Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller home-price index posted the biggest gains in seven years, with prices rising on both new and existing homes.
A thought for the day: "When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die." -- Jean-Paul Sartre
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