Today is Tuesday, Oct. 5, the 279th day of 2004 with 87 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and, Mars. The evening stars are Mercury, Pluto, Uranus and Neptune.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include French philosopher Denis Diderot in 1713; Chester A. Arthur, 21st president of the United States, in 1830; rocket pioneer Robert Goddard in 1882; restaurant entrepreneur Ray Kroc (McDonald's) and comic Larry Fine of The Three Stooges (the one with the wild wavy hair) in 1902; actor Donald Pleasence in 1919; political activist and defrocked priest Philip Berrigan and actress Glynis Johns, both in 1923 (age 81); actor/comedian Bill Dana in 1924 (age 80); Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic, in 1936 (age 68); rock singer/songwriter Steve Miller in 1943 (age 61); actress Karen Allen in 1952 (age 52); Irish rock musician Bob Geldof, organizer of the 1985 Live Aid famine relief concert, in 1954 (age 50); race car driver Michael Andretti in 1962 (age 42); and actress Kate Winslet in 1975 (age 29).
On this date in history:
In 1813, the Shawnee Indian chief Tecumseh was killed while fighting on the side of the British during the War of 1812.
In 1918, Germany's Hindenburg Line was broken as World War I neared an end.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI made an unprecedented 14-hour visit to New York to plead for world peace before the United Nations.
In 1973, Egypt and Syria, hoping to win back territory lost to Israel during the third Arab-Israeli war, launched a coordinated attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
In 1975, Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, charged that the CIA tried to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro during the administrations of three U.S. presidents.
In 1986, former U.S. Marine Eugene Hasenfus was captured after a plane carrying arms for the Nicaraguan rebels was shot down over Nicaragua. Nicaragua's Sandinista government would try and convict Hasenfus, but then pardon him a couple of months later.
In 1989, TV evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted on all 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy for fleecing his PTL flock.
Also in 1989, the Dalai Lama, exiled god-king of Tibet, won the Nobel Peace Prize for nonviolent efforts to free his homeland from China.
In 1991, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, responding to unilateral U.S. action, announced cuts in nuclear weapons that would reduce the number of strategic warheads to 5,000 in seven years.
In 1992, for the first time in his administration, Congress overrode President Bush's veto of a bill to re-regulate the cable television industry.
Also in 1992, the last of the three pathologists who conducted the autopsy on President Kennedy broke his silence and dismissed the conspiracy theories.
In 1993, President Clinton ordered the resumption in nuclear testing after China broke the informal moratorium and exploded a nuclear device beneath its western desert.
Also in 1993, in a plea agreement, Jack Russ, former House sergeant-at-arms, admitted committing three felonies in connection with a House banking scandal.
In 1994, South African President Nelson Mandela ended two days of talks with President Clinton at the White House.
Also in 1994, a total of 53 members of a secretive religious cult were found dead -- the victims of murder or suicide -- over a two-day period in Switzerland and in Quebec, Canada.
In 1995, President Clinton announced the warring parties in Bosnia had agreed to a cease-fire, to begin Oct. 10. However, it didn't begin until Oct. 12.
In 1999, MCI WorldCom Inc. announced that it had agreed to buy the Sprint Corp. in a $129 billion deal that would be the largest corporate acquisition ever.
In 2000, hundreds of thousands of Yugoslavians rose up and overthrew the Belgrade government. Slobodan Milosevic, the defeated presidential incumbent, resigned the next day, ending 13 years of rule.
In 2001, One-thousand U.S. troops were sent to Uzbekistan, a part of the former Soviet Union.
Also in 2001, Robert Stevens, photo editor for America media Inc. of Boca Raton Fla., publisher of the National Enquirer and other tabloids, died after being infected with anthrax.
And in 2001 sports, Barry Bonds, with two games to go, hit his 71st home run, most ever by a player in one season, breaking Mark McGwire's 1998 record. The San Francisco Giants slugger finished the season with 73 homers.
In 2003, in retaliation to a suicide bombing at a Haifa restaurant the previous day, Israeli planes struck a suspected terrorist training camp in Syria, 10 miles north of Damascus. Members of the U.N. Security Council condemned the Israeli attack.
A thought for the day: Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) said, "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."