The Almanac

By United Press International   |   Nov. 4, 2002 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Monday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2002 with 57 to follow.

The moon is new.

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

The evening stars are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include British King William III, known as William of Orange, in 1650; humorist Will Rogers in 1879; reporter Walter Cronkite in 1916 (age 86); actors Art Carney in 1918 (age 84), Martin Balsam in 1919 and Loretta Swit in 1937 (age 65); First Lady Laura Bush in 1946 (age 56); also in 1946, controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe; actors Markie Post in 1950 (age 52), Ralph Macchio ("The Karate Kid") in 1962 (age 40), and Matthew McConaughey in 1969 (age 33); singer/actor/songwriter Sean "Puffy" Combs in 1971 (age 31).

On this date in history:

In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of ancient Egypt's child-king, Tutankhamen.

In 1952, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, ending 20 years of Democratic administrations.

In 1956, Soviet forces entered Budapest to crush the anti-communist revolt in Hungary.

In 1979, Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking some 90 people hostage, 63 of them Americans.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected 40th president in a landslide victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter.

In 1986, Democrats regained control of the U.S. Senate, 55-45.

In 1990, singer/actress Mary Martin died at age 76.

In 1991, former First Lady Imelda Marcos returned to Philippines, ending more than five years of exile in United States.

In 1993, Canadian Liberal Party leader Jean Chretien was sworn in as prime minister.

In 1994, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to withdraw the remaining 17,000 U.N. troops from Somalia by mid-March 1995.

In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 73, was assassinated by a Jewish extremist following a peace rally in Tel Aviv.

In 1996, the Odwalla juice company issued an apology for tainted apple juice.

In 1997, the Republicans swept the off-year elections, with New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman winning re-election, James Gilmore becoming Virginia governor, Vito Fossella taking the New York congressional seat vacated by Susan Molinari, and Rudy Giuliani being re-elected mayor of New York.

In 2001, intense bombing by U.S.-led forces pounded the Afghan capital of Kabul while U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on as tour of the region, told reporters in Uzbehistan that strikes on Taliban targets were showing "measurable progress."

And in 2001 sports, the underdog Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees, 3-2, in the deciding seventh game of the World Series to win the expansion team's first championship and spoil the Yankees' bid for four straight.

A thought for the day: humorist Will Rogers said, "My forefathers didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat."

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