The Almanac

By United Press International   |   April 5, 2003 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Saturday, April 5, the 95th day of 2003 with 270 to follow.

The moon is waxing.

The morning stars are Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The evening stars are Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include English philosopher Thomas Hobbes in 1588; Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence, in 1726; English physician Joseph Lister, who introduced antiseptic surgery, in 1827; educator Booker T. Washington in 1856; actors Spencer Tracy in 1900, Melvyn Douglas in 1901, Bette Davis in 1908 and Gregory Peck in 1916 (age 87); novelist Arthur Hailey in 1920 (age 83); filmmaker Roger Corman in 1926 (age 77); impressionist Frank Gorshin in 1934 (age 69); Secretary of State Colin L. Powell in 1937 (age 66); actors Michael Moriarty in 1942 (age 61), Max Gail ("Barney Miller") in 1943 (age 60) and Jane Asher (Paul McCartney's former fiancée) in 1946 (age 57); astronaut Judith Resnik in 1949; and actor Mitch Pileggi ("The X-Files") in 1952 (age 51).

On this date in history:

In 1614, Pocahontas, daughter of a chief, married English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Jamestown, Va., a marriage that ensured peace between the settlers and the Powhatan Indians for several years.

In 1768, the first U.S. Chamber of Commerce was founded in New York City.

In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death in New York for stealing atomic secrets for the Soviet Union.

In 1968, violence erupted in several American cities in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1976, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died of kidney failure during a flight from Acapulco, Mexico, to Houston.

In 1982, the British fleet sailed to recapture the Falkland Islands from Argentina.

In 1986, two U.S. servicemen and a Turkish woman were killed in the bombing of a West Berlin disco that Washington blamed on Libya. (In retaliation, U.S. jetfighters bombed Tripoli and Benghazi 10 days later.)

In 1990, Japan made major commitments to change its economy and legal practices to reduce its $49 billion trade surplus with the United States.

In 1991, former Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, and 22 others, including astronaut Manley Lanier (Sonny) Carter Jr., were killed in commuter plane crash in Brunswick, Ga.

In 1993, a Salvadoran Boeing 767 jetliner ran off the runway on landing in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and crashed into a residential area. All 213 people aboard the plane survived.

In 1996, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito dismissed juror Jeannette Harris; she later told interviewers the jury had broken into factions supporting O.J. Simpson's guilt or innocence and that the sheriff's deputies assigned to the jurors were fomenting racial discord.

In 1999, one of two men charged in the Oct. 1998 beating death of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two life sentences.

Also in 1999, Libya handed over for trial two suspects in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The men were to be tried in the Netherlands under Scottish law.

In 2002, the International Committee of the Red Cross called Israel's attacks on its vehicles and facilities "totally unacceptable." The Red Cross and others warned of a humanitarian crisis in the occupied lands.

A thought for the day: Mother Theresa said, "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

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