Today is Monday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2014 with 128 to follow.
The moon is new. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include Czar Ivan IV ("Ivan the Terrible") of Russia, in 1530; author Bret Harte in 1836; Joshua Lionel Cowen, inventor of the electric toy train, in 1877; dancer/actor Ruby Keeler in 1910; "Pogo" cartoonist Walt Kelly in 1913; actors Michael Rennie in 1909, Van Johnson in 1916 and Mel Ferrer in 1917; composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1918; former Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1919; Monty Hall, host of "Let's Make A Deal," in 1921 (age 93); tennis champion Althea Gibson in 1927; actor Sean Connery in 1930 (age 84); TV personality Regis Philbin in 1931 (age 83); actor Tom Skerritt in 1933 (age 81); writer Frederick Forsyth in 1938 (age 76); baseball Hall of Fame member Rollie Fingers in 1946 (age 68); writer Martin Amis, actor John Savage and rock singer Gene Simmons of Kiss, all in 1949 (age 65); singer/songwriter Elvis Costello in 1954 (age 60); film director Tim Burton in 1958 (age 56); country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and actor Ally Walker, both in 1961 (age 53); actors Blair Underwood and Joanne Whalley, both in 1964 (age 50); television cook Rachael Ray in 1968 (age 46); and supermodel Claudia Schiffer in 1970 (age 44).
On this date in history:
In 1609, Galileo Galilei exhibited his first telescope in Venice.
In 1718, the city of New Orleans was founded.
In 1875, Matthew Webb, a 27-year-old British merchant navy captain, became the first person known to successfully swim the English Channel.
In 1967, a sniper assassinated American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell in Arlington, Va.
In 1985, Samantha Smith, 13, was killed with her father and six other people in a plane crash in Maine. Her 1983 letter to Soviet President Yuri Andropov about her fear of nuclear war earned her a visit to the Soviet Union.
In 1992, researchers reported that cigarette smoking significantly boosts the risk of developing cataracts, a leading cause of blindness.
In 1999, the FBI admitted it fired pyrotechnic tear-gas canisters at the Branch Davidian cult compound near Waco, Texas, on the day in 1993 that the standoff came to a fiery end but said the containers bounced away harmlessly.
In 2006, Pulkova Ailines Flight 612 crashed near the Russian border in Ukraine, killing 171 people.
In 2008, two Afghan army commanders were fired after a U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed 89 civilians, many of them children. Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed the casualties on a failure of coordination between coalition forces and the Afghan army.
In 2009, U.S. Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy, D-Mass., a liberal fixture in the Senate for 46 years, died of brain cancer at the age of 77.
In 2010, dozens of high school girls and teachers at a high school in Kabul, Afghanistan, were sickened by poison gas. Officials said the Taliban, who had been accused in eight similar attacks, sought to keep girls from going to school.
In 2011, Mexican gunmen stormed a Monterrey casino and set it on fire, killing at least 57 people, mostly women.
In 2012, former astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died in Cincinnati. He was 82.
In 2013, an offer by Syria to allow a U.N. investigation of an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus was dismissed by a senior U.S. official as "too late to be credible." Anti-government groups in Syria said govcernment forces used poisonous gas that killed at least 300 people.
A thought for the day: "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." -- Ronald Reagan