Today is Tuesday, March 26, the 85th day of 2002 with 280 to follow.
The moon is waxing, moving toward its full phase.
The morning star is Mercury.
The evening stars are Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Those born on this date in history are under the sign of Aries. They include poet Robert Frost in 1874; playwright Tennessee Williams in 1911; French composer/conductor Pierre Boulez in 1925 (age 77); U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 1930 (age 72); actors Leonard Nimoy in 1931 (age 71), Alan Arkin in 1934 (age 68) and James Caan in 1939 (age 63); author Erica Jong in 1942 (age 60); journalist Bob Woodward in 1943 (age 59); singers Diana Ross in 1944 (age 58) and Teddy Pendergrass in 1950 (age 52); actors-turned-talk show hosts Vicki Lawrence in 1949 (age 53) and Martin Short in 1950 (age 52); TV personality Leeza Gibbons in 1957 (age 45); and actress Jennifer Grey in 1960 (age 42).
On this date in history:
In 1859, astronomers reported sighting a new planet in an orbit near that of Mercury. They named it Vulcan. It's now believed to have been a "rogue asteroid" making a one-time pass close to the sun.
In 1971, East Pakistan achieved independence as Bangladesh.
In 1975, the city of Hue in South Vietnam fell to the North Vietnamese army.
In 1979, Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty at the White House, ending 30 years of hostilities. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat gave President Carter credit for the so-called Camp David agreement.
In 1991, Mali's dictator was overthrown in violent overnight military coup; 59 people died.
Also in 1991, the Pakistani hijackers of a Singapore Airlines jet were killed by government commandos in Singapore; the passengers and crew members were safe.
In 1992, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison for raping a teenage beauty pageant contestant.
Also in 1992, Soviet cosmonaut Serge Krikalev, after spending 313 days in orbit aboard the Mir space station, returned to Earth a citizen of a new country, Russia. While he was in space, the Soviet Union had crumbled.
In 1993, an emergency meeting of Russia's Congress of People's Deputies, called into session by an impeachment-minded parliament, backed away from a bid to unseat President Yeltsin.
Also in 1993, a man armed with a small-caliber rifle opened fire along a rural highway outside Seattle, killing one man and wounding six others before police shot and critically wounded him.
And in 1993, a "frustrated" taxpayer blasted his way into the IRS state headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., taking several workers hostage before a police SWAT team killed him.
In 1996, Republican presidential hopeful Bob Dole won the California GOP primary and enough delegates for a first-ballot nomination.
In 1997, 39 members of the Heaven's Gate religious cult were found dead in a large house in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in an apparent mass suicide.
In 1998, President Clinton became the first U.S. president to visit South Africa.
In 1999, euthanasia advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder in an Oakland Co., Mich., courtroom for the videotaped "medicide" of a man suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.
In 2000, acting Russian President Vladimir Putin was elected president by a more than 20 percent margin.
A thought for the day: "There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have." Don Herold said that.