The Almanac

By United Press International  |  March 7, 2005 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Monday, March 7, the 66th day of 2005 with 299 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include English painter Edwin Henry Landseer in 1802; American botanist Luther Burbank in 1849; Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian in 1872; French composer Maurice Ravel in 1875; actress Anna Magnani in 1908; NBC "Today Show" weatherman Willard Scott in 1934 (age 71); Disney executive Michael Eisner and TV evangelist Tammy Fay Bakker in 1942 (age 63); actors Daniel J. Travanti in 1940 (age 65) and John Heard in 1945 (age 60); and Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl in 1960 (age 45).

On this date in history:

In 1869, the Suez Canal opened, connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Sea via Egypt.

In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, an estimated 3,000 men rioted at the Detroit plant of the Ford Motor Company. Four were killed.

In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his Nazi troops into the Rhineland, violating the Treaty of Versailles.

In 1945, the U.S. 1st Army crossed the Rhine at Remagen in Germany. The bridge was the only one across the Rhine that had not been blown up. World War II ended in Europe two months later on May 8.

In 1969, two of the three Apollo-9 astronauts test flew their lunar module around the main spacecraft while in Earth orbit, and then linked the two together again.

In 1984, the Senate confirmed William Wilson as the first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican in 117 years.

In 1997, a U.S. veto killed an otherwise unanimous UN Security Council resolution condemning new Jewish settlements in Arab East Jerusalem.

In 2000, in "Super Tuesday's" 13 presidential primary elections, Al Gore wins all of the Democratic contests and George W. Bush nine of the Republican contests, virtually assuring their nominations.

In 2002, More than 600 people were reported dead after several days of Hindu-Muslim violence in the state of Gujarat, India.

In 2003, North Korea set up a "sea exclusion zone" in the Sea of Japan through March 11, according to the Pentagon. The zone will keep vessels out of the area while Pyongyang conducts an expected test of its newest cruise missile.

In 2004, after repeated failures and missed deadlines, the Iraqi governing council signed an interim constitution.

Also in 2004, V. Gene Robinson, openly gay and controversial, became the Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire.

A thought for the day: Franklin D. Roosevelt advised, "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

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