Today is Friday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2001 with 87 to follow.
The moon is waning, moving toward its last quarter.
The morning stars are Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.
The evening stars are Mercury and Mars.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include French philosopher Denis Diderot in 1713; Chester A. Arthur, 21st president of the United States, in 1830; rocket pioneer Robert Goddard in 1882; actor Donald Pleasence in 1919; political activist and defrocked priest Philip Berrigan and actress Glynis Johns, both in 1923 (age 78); actor/comedian Bill Dana in 1924 (age 77); Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic, in 1936 (age 65); rock singer/songwriter Steve Miller in 1943 (age 58); actress Karen Allen in 1951 (age 50); Irish rock musician Bob Geldof, organizer of the 1985 Live Aid famine relief concert, in 1954 (age 47); race car driver Michael Andretti in 1962 (age 39); and actress Kate Winslet in 1975 (age 26).
On this date in history:
In 1813, the Shawnee Indian chief Tecumseh was killed while fighting on the side of the British during the War of 1812.
In 1918, Germany's Hindenburg Line was broken as World War I neared an end.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI made an unprecedented 14-hour visit to New York to plead for world peace before the United Nations.
In 1975, Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, charged that the CIA tried to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro during the administrations of three U.S. presidents.
In 1986, former U.S. Marine Eugene Hasenfus was captured after a plane carrying arms for the Nicaraguan rebels was shot down over Nicaragua. Nicaragua's Sandinista government would try and convict Hasenfus, but then pardon him a couple of months later.
In 1989, TV evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted on all 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy for fleecing his PTL flock.
Also in 1989, the Dalai Lama, exiled god-king of Tibet, won the Nobel Peace Prize for nonviolent efforts to free his homeland from China.
In 1991, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, responding to unilateral U.S. action, announced cuts in nuclear weapons that would reduce the number of strategic warheads to 5,000 in seven years.
In 1992, for the first time in his administration, Congress overrode President Bush's veto of a bill to re-regulate the cable television industry.
Also in 1992, the last of the three pathologists who conducted the autopsy on President Kennedy broke his silence and dismissed the conspiracy theories.
In 1993, President Clinton ordered the resumption in nuclear testing after China broke the informal moratorium and exploded a nuclear device beneath its western desert.
Also in 1993, in a plea agreement, Jack Russ, former House sergeant-at-arms, admitted committing three felonies in connection with the House banking scandal.
In 1994, South African President Nelson Mandela ended two days of talks with President Clinton at the White House.
Also in 1994, a total of 53 members of a secretive religious cult were found dead -- the victims of murder or suicide -- over a two-day period in Switzerland and in Quebec, Canada.
In 1995, President Clinton announced the warring parties in Bosnia had agreed to a cease-fire, to begin Oct. 10. However, it didn't begin until Oct. 12.
In 1999, MCI WorldCom Inc. announced that it had agreed to buy the Sprint Corp. in a $129 billion deal that would be the largest corporate acquisition ever.
In 2000, hundreds of thousands of Yugoslavians rose up and overthrew the Belgrade government. The next day, defeated presidential incumbent Slobodan Milosevic resigned, ending 13 years of rule.
A thought for the day: Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) said, "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."