The Almanac

By United Press International  |  Oct. 28, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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Today is Sunday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2001 with 64 to follow.

Daylight Saving Time ends and Standard Time resumes at 2 a.m., local time.

The moon is waxing, moving toward its full phase.

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 Scorpio. They include riflemaker Eliphalet Remington in 1793; actress Elsa Lanchester in 1902; English novelist Evelyn Waugh in 1903; Dr. Jonas Salk, a developer of the polio vaccine, in 1914; former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn in 1926 (age 75); country musician Charlie Daniels in 1936 (age 65); actors Jane Alexander in 1939 (age 62) and Dennis Franz in 1944 (age 57); singer/actress Telma Hopkins in 1948 (age 53); Olympic decathlon champion-turned-sportscaster Bruce Jenner in 1949 (age 52); Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in 1955 (age 46); actresses Annie Potts in 1952 (age 49), Lauren Holly in 1963 (age 38), and Jami Gertz in 1965 (age 36); former "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" sidekick Andy Richter in 1966 (age 35); and actress Julia Roberts in 1967 (age 34).

On this date in history:

In A.D. 312, in a battle that marked the beginning of the Christian era in Europe, Constantine's army, wearing the cross, defeated the forces of Maxentius at Mulvian Bridge in Rome.

In 1636, Harvard College, now Harvard University, was founded in Massachusetts.

In 1846, the pioneering Donner Party of 90 people set out from Springfield, Ill., for California.

In 1962, Nikita Krushchev announced that all Soviet offensive missiles would be removed from Cuba.

In 1985, the leader of the so-called "Walker family spy ring," John Walker, pleaded guilty to giving U.S. Navy secrets to the Soviet Union.

In 1986, the Statue of Liberty reached the actual 100th anniversary of its dedication, without the hoopla of the July 4th ceremonies.

In 1989, the Oakland A's wrapped up a quake-delayed sweep of the World Series over the San Francisco Giants.

In 1991, two Israeli Jewish settlers were killed by gunmen in the occupied West Bank. Israel blamed the attack on Palestinian radicals opposed to the peace talks.

In 1992, scientists using sonar to map Scotland's Loch Ness made contact with a mysterious object, but declined to speculate what that implies about whether or not legendary monster "Nessie" exists.

In 1993, a U.S. budget deficit of $254.9 billion was reported for fiscal year 1993.

In 1994, President Clinton visited U.S. troops in Kuwait during a Middle Eastern trip.

In 1996, U.S. mediator Dennis Ross left the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

A thought for the day: poet Emily Dickinson wrote,

"I'll tell you how the sun rose --

"A Ribbon at a time --"

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