The Almanac

By United Press International  |  Oct. 10, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2001 with 82 to follow.

The moon is in 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 English chemist-physicist Henry Cavendish, discoverer of hydrogen, in 1731; operatic composer Giuseppi Verdi in 1813; actress Helen Hayes in 1900; playwright Harold Pinter in 1930 (age 71); entertainer Ben Vereen in 1946 (age 55); actress Jessica Harper in 1949 (age 52); rocker David Lee Roth in 1955 (age 46); tennis star Martina Navratilova in 1956 (age 45); country singer Tanya Tucker in 1958 (age 43); and football player Brett Favre in 1969 (age 32).

On this date in history:

In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy was formally opened at Fort Severn, Annapolis, Md.

In 1886, Griswold Lorillard of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., fashioned the first tuxedo for men.

In 1963, a dam burst in northern Italy, drowning an estimated 3,000 people.

In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned under an agreement with the Justice Department to plead no contest to income tax evasion charges. He was fined $10,000 and placed on three years' probation.

In 1991, the United States cut all aid to Haiti, including $90 million funneled through the Agency for International Development.

In 1993, Greek voters returned former Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou and his Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement to power.

In 1994, Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras, commander-in-chief of the Haitian armed forces, resigned to make way for the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

In 1995, Israel freed some 900 Palestinian prisoners and pulled its troops out of four towns as the second phase of the peace plan was implemented on the West Bank.

In 1997, the major tobacco companies agreed to a settlement in the class-action suit brought against them by 60,000 present and former flight attendants, who claimed second-hand smoke in airplanes had caused them to get cancer and other diseases.

Also in 1997, it was announced that the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize would be awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its coordinator, Jody Williams of Putney, Vt.

A thought for the day: Queen Elizabeth I said, "I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything."

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