Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2004 with 339 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto. The evening stars are Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1756; author Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) in 1832; labor organizer Samuel Gompers in 1850; composer Jerome Kern in 1885; Adm. Hyman Rickover, "father of the nuclear navy," in 1900; bandleader Skitch Henderson in 1918 (age 86); actors Donna Reed in 1921, Troy Donahue in 1936, James Cromwell in 1942 (age 62); Mimi Rogers in 1956 (age 48) and Bridget Fonda in 1964 (age 40).
On this date in history:
In 1606, the surviving conspirators in the "Gunpowder Treason" plot to blow up the English Parliament and the king of England on Nov. 5, 1605, went on trial and were convicted. They were executed four days later.
In 1880, Thomas Edison was granted a patent for an electric incandescent lamp.
In 1910, Thomas Crapper, often described as the prime developer of the flush toilet mechanism as it's known today, died in England.
In 1926, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird launched a revolution in communication and entertainment with the first public demonstration of a true television system in London.
In 1973, the United States and North Vietnam signed a cease-fire agreement. The same day, the United States announced an end to the military draft.
In 1987, President Reagan acknowledged mistakes and accepted responsibility in the Iran arms scandal.
In 1991, U.S. planes bombed the pipelines to Kuwaiti oil fields to cut off the flow of oil into the Persian Gulf.
In 1993, President Clinton delayed for six months his campaign pledge to reverse the ban on homosexuals in the military while the issue was studied.
Also in 1993, a disgruntled ex-employee of a Tampa, Fla., insurance company opened fire in a cafeteria, killing three executives and critically wounding two others before fleeing and killing himself.
In 1994, Iran-Contra scandal figure Oliver North declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. senator from Virginia. He would win the nomination but lose the election to Democratic incumbent Charles Robb.
In 1996, France conducted an open-air nuclear test in the South Pacific.
In 1998, in his State of the Union address, President Clinton hailed the fact that the federal government would have a balanced budget in 1999 -- the first in 30 years.
In 2000, President Clinton delivered his final State of the Union address, proclaiming the condition of the nation had never been better.
In 2003, the chief UN inspector for chemical and biological weapons accused Iraq of failing to cooperate in accounting for and removing weapons of mass destruction. In a more optimistic report, however, the head UN inspector for atomic weapons said no evidence had been found that Iraq was reviving its nuclear weapons program.
A thought for the day: Rabindranath Tagore wrote that, "Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."