The Almanac

By United Press International  |  Feb. 16, 2002 at 4:00 AM
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Today is Saturday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2002 with 318 to follow.

The moon is waxing, moving toward its first quarter.

The morning star is Mercury.

The evening stars are Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include historian Henry Brooks Adams in 1838; orchestra leader Wayne King and actor Chester Morris, who created the role of film detective Boston Blackie, both in 1901; ventriloquist Edgar Bergen in 1903; singer Patti Andrews of the Andrews Sisters in 1920 (age 82); Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif. in 1935; actor William Katt in 1955 (age 47); actor/director LeVar Burton in 1957 (age 45); and tennis player John McEnroe in 1959 (age 43).

On this date in history:

In 1923, archaeologists opened the treasure-laden tomb of Tutankhamen, "King Tut," in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

In 1933, a patent for the synthetic fiber nylon was awarded to the DuPont Co.

In 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Cuba's leader.

In 1986, Mario Soares was elected Portugal's first civilian head of state in 60 years.

In 1990, former President Reagan provided videotaped testimony for the Iran-Contra trial of former national security adviser John Poindexter.

In 1992, the chief of the Iranian-financed Hezbollah and two family members were killed in a bombing raid by Israel in an apparent retaliation for attacks against its soldiers.

Also in 1992, the Los Angeles Lakers retired the jersey number of "Magic" Johnson, who retired after contracting the AIDS virus.

In 1999, Germany announced that $1.7 billion dollars would be set aside to compensate victims of the Holocaust.

Also in 1999, Northern Ireland's legislature approved the structure for a new executive government in the strife-torn province -- a major step toward implementing the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement.

In 2001, former President Clinton ended the controversy surrounding his choice of expensive office space by choosing instead to rent an office in Harlem, N.Y.

A thought for the day: it was Steve Wozniak who said, "Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window."

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