The Almanac

By United Press International  |  May 22, 2002 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2002 with 223 to follow.

The moon waxing, moving toward its full phase.

There are no morning stars.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include German composer Richard Wagner in 1813; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, in 1859; actor Sir Laurence Olivier in 1907; pioneering jazz musician Sun Ra (born Herman Blount) in 1914; critic Judith Crist in 1922 (age 80); French singer Charles Aznavour in 1924 (age 78); composer Peter Nero in 1934 (age 68); actor/director Richard Benjamin in 1938 (age 64); actors Michael Sarrazin in 1940 (age 62) and Paul Winfield in 1941 (age 61); and model Naomi Campbell in 1970 (age 32).

On this date in history:

In 334 B.C., Alexander the Great defeated Persian King Darius III at Granicus, Turkey.

In 1868, seven members of the Reno gang stole $98,000 from a railway car at Marshfield, Ind. It was the original "Great Train Robbery."

In 1924, the discovery of the body of Bobby Franks, 13, of Chicago led to the arrest of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. They were sentenced to 99 years in prison for the so-called "thrill killing."

In 1972, President Nixon became the first U.S president to visit Moscow.

In 1987, a tornado flattened Saragosa, Texas, population 185, killing 29 residents and injuring 121.

In 1991, Soviet President Gorbachev asked the world's industrialized nations for $100 billion in economic loans and grants to bolster the Soviet economy.

In 1992, Johnny Carson ended his nearly 30-year career as host of "The Tonight Show" with what NBC said was the highest-rated late-night TV show ever.

In 1993, France, Great Britain, Russia, Spain and the United States approved a joint policy calling for a negotiated settlement of the war in Bosnia. However, the Muslim president of Bosnia rejected negotiations the next day.

In 1994, a tougher U.N.-approved economic embargo against Haiti took effect.

In 1998, a federal judge ruled that members of the U.S. Secret Service could be required to testify before a grand jury investigating President Clinton's relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Also in 1998, voters in Ireland and Northern Ireland approved a plan to bring peace to violence-torn Ulster.

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law requiring cable TV systems to limit sexually explicit channels to late-night hours.

A thought for the day: William Lyon Phelps wrote, "You can learn more about human nature by reading the Bible than by living in New York."

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