The Almanac

By United Press International  |  May 2, 2002 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Thursday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2002 with 243 to follow.

The moon is waning, moving toward its last quarter.

There are no morning stars.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include Catherine the Great, empress of Russia, in 1729; Gen. Henry Robert, author of "Robert's Rules of Order," in 1837; pioneer Zionist Theodor Herzl in 1860; Broadway composer Lorenz Hart in 1895; child care specialist Dr. Benjamin Spock in 1903; singer/actors Bing Crosby in 1904 and Theodore Bikel in 1924 (age 78); activist Bianca Jagger, ex-wife of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, in 1945 (age 57); pop singer Leslie Gore in 1946 (age 56); country singer Larry Gatlin in 1949 (age 53); and actresses Christine Baranski ("Cybill") in 1952 (age 50) and Jenna Von Oy ("Blossom") in 1977 (age 25).

On this date in history:

In 1519, Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist, scientist and inventor, died.

In 1611, a new translation of the Bible in England, popularly called the King James Bible after King James I, was published.

In 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own soldiers. He died eight days later.

In 1941, the Federal Communications Commission approved the regular scheduling of commercial television broadcasts.

In 1972, 91 people were killed in a mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho.

In 1982, in the Falkland Islands war, a British submarine sank an Argentine cruiser, killing 321 Argentine sailors.

In 1989, 60 Chinese students rode bicycles into Beijing to present demands for democratic reforms to Chinese leaders.

In 1993, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic signed an internationally mediated peace plan to end the Bosnian conflict. All three warring factions in Bosnia-Herzegovina had now accepted the peace plan. But the fighting continued.

Also in 1993, the body of cult leader David Koresh was identified among the 72 taken from the charred rubble of the Branch Davidian compound. Officials said Koresh had been shot in the head.

And in 1993, an American sailor pleaded guilty to murder charges in the 1992 beating death of a homosexual shipmate in a park restroom near Sasebo Naval Base in southwestern Japan.

In 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the South African elections held in late April. He was inaugurated as the country's first black president eight days later.

Also in 1994, a Wayne County, Mi., jury acquitted "Dr. Death" Jack Kevorkian of violating a state law forbidding assisted suicides.

In 1995, the Clinton administration announced that Cuban boat people seeking asylum would be henceforth returned to Cuba.

In 1996, President Clinton vetoed a cap on punitive damage awards.

In 1997, the White House and congressional negotiators reached an agreement intended to balance the federal budget by 2002.

In 1999, a meeting between the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic led to the release of three U.S. soldiers captured a month earlier by Serbian troops.

Also in 1999, John Elway, the NFL's all-time winningest starting quarterback, announced his retirement.

A thought for the day: Anatole France said, "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

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