The moon is waxing. 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 fashion plate George "Beau" Brummell in 1778; French post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin in 1848; bandleader Glen Gray in 1900; actor Jessica Tandy in 1909; actor-singer Dean Martin and Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, both in 1917; singer Tom Jones in 1940 (age 74); former talk-show host Jenny Jones in 1946 (age 68); actor Liam Neeson in 1952 (age 62); singer/songwriter Prince in 1958 (age 56); former pro tennis player Anna Kournikova in 1981 (age 33) and actor Michael Cera in 1988 (age 26).
On this date in history:
In 1776, the Lee Resolution, which led to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was introduced in the Continental Congress.
In 1864, Republican delegates meeting in Baltimore nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. His running mate was Andrew Johnson.
In 1942, Japanese forces occupied Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. (U.S. forces retook the islands one year later.)
In 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut law banning contraceptives.
In 1975, the first videocassette recorder went on sale to the public.
In 1983, one day after Nicaragua expelled three U.S. diplomats, the Reagan administration ordered six Nicaraguan consulates closed and expelled six of the country's diplomats.
In 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk lifted a 4-year-old nationwide state of emergency in all but the strife-torn Indian Ocean province of Natal.
In 1996, Max Factor, who pioneered smudge-proof lipstick, died.
In 2002, U.S. missionary Martin Burnham, captured in the Philippines by a Muslim group more than a year earlier, was fatally shot during a rescue attempt.
In 2008, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., officially ended her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.
In 2009, a coalition of pro-Western and anti-Syria parties outpolled the militant Hezbollah faction to retain its parliamentary majority in Lebanon.
In 2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Syrian President Bashar Assad has "doubled down on his brutality and duplicity." She said Syria cannot be peaceful or stable "until Assad goes."
In 2013, Six people were killed and five wounded in a Santa Monica, Calif., shooting rampage that started at a private home and ended on a college campus. The dead included the 23-year-old gunman, who was shot by police.
A thought for the day: "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." -- Buddha
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