The Almanac

By United Press International  |  May 13, 2002 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Monday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2002 with 232 to follow.

The moon is waxing, moving toward its first quarter.

There are no morning stars..

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan, in 1842; French cubist painter Georges Braque in 1882; English novelist Daphne Du Maurier in 1907; heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis in 1914; actors Beatrice Arthur in 1926 (age 76) and Harvey Keitel in 1939 (age 63); singers Mary Wells in 1943 and Stevie Wonder, born Steveland Hardaway, in 1950 (age 52); basketball player Dennis "The Worm" Rodman in 1961 (age 41); and actress Julianne Phillips ("Sisters") in 1962 (age 40).

On this date in history:

In 1607, Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America, was founded near the James River in Virginia.

In 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico.

In 1981, Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca wounded Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square.

In 1985, 11 people died when a Philadelphia police helicopter bombed the fortified house of a radical organization, MOVE, to end a 24-hour siege. The ensuing fire destroyed 53 homes.

In 1989, President Bush called for the overthrow of Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega.

In 1991, Winnie Mandela was convicted of being an accessory in the assault of four youths who had been kidnapped and taken to her Soweto, South Africa, home in 1988.

In 1992, astronauts from the shuttle Endeavour made an unprecedented three-man spacewalk to salvage an errant communications satellite.

In 1993, Defense Secretary Les Aspin announced that research on the Strategic Defense Initiative -- better known as "Star Wars" -- was being discontinued.

Also in 1993, a jury in Austin, Texas, found a man guilty of rape, despite his claims that his victim consented by insisting he wear a condom.

In 1994, President Clinton nominated Judge Stephen Breyer to succeed Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1998, as India conducted more nuclear test blasts, President Clinton announced he would impose economic sanctions against New Delhi as required by the 1994 Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Act.

A thought for the day: E.B. White wrote, "The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people."

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