The Almanac

By United Press International  |  July 9, 2005 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Saturday, July 9, the 190th day of 2005 with 175 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, in 1819; Nicola Tesla, inventor of the electromagnetic motor; historian Samuel Eliot Morison in 1887; English romance novelist Barbara Cartland in 1904; pro football owner, coach Paul Brown in 1908; actor/singer Ed Ames in 1927 (age 78); English artist David Hockney in 1937 (age 68); actors Brian Dennehy in 1938 (age 67) and Richard Roundtree in 1942 (age 63); football star/actor O.J. Simpson in 1947 (age 58); TV host/entertainer John Tesh in 1952 (age 53); actors Tom Hanks in 1956 (age 49), Kelly McGillis in 1957 (age 48), Jimmy Smits in 1958 (age 47, and Fred Savage in 1976 (age 29; and singer/actress Courtney Love in 1965 (age 40).

On this date in history:

In 1877, the first Wimbledon tennis tournament was staged at the All-England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club.

In 1850, President Zachary Taylor died suddenly of cholera. He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.

In 1893, Chicago surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery.

In 1943, U.S. Canadian and British forces invaded Sicily during World War II.

In 1947, Florence Blanchard, a nurse, was appointed lieutenant colonel in the Army, becoming the first woman to hold a permanent U.S. military rank.

In 1955, Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" hit No.1 on Billboard magazine's best-seller records chart, marking what some consider the beginning of the rock 'n' roll era.

In 1960, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev threatened the United States with rockets if U.S. forces attempted to oust the communist government of Cuba.

In 1982, a Pan Am Boeing 727 jetliner crashed in Kenner, La., shortly after takeoff from New Orleans, killing 154 people.

In 1990, two veteran space shuttle commanders were grounded for violating flight safety rules. It marked the first time that astronauts assigned to flight crews had been grounded for other than medical reasons.

In 1992, Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton picked Tennessee Sen. Al Gore as his running mate.

Also in 1992, the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and HSH Associates said fixed rates on conventional home loans dropped to their lowest levels in almost 19 years.

And in 1992, at least 15 people were injured when a 5.4 magnitude aftershock to the previous month's major earthquake hit the Big Bear, Calif., area.

In 1997, NBC was the lone holdout when the major networks agreed to implement a revised and expanded television ratings system.

In 2002, the stock market continued to drop in the wake of corporate accounting scandals.

In 2002 sports, the all-star baseball game ended in an 11-inning, 7-7 tie when Commissioner Bud Selig halted proceedings saying the teams had run out of pitchers.

In 2003, Gen. Tommy Franks, former head of the Central Command in Iraq, told the Senate that U.S. forces in Iraq could not be reduced in "the foreseeable future."

Also in 2003, the director of South Korea's intelligence service said North Korea has carried out some 70 high-explosive tests linked to nuclear weapons development.

In 2004, a report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence accused the CIA and other intelligence agencies of producing false and misleading pre-war information about Iraq's weapons program.

Also, in 2004, the International Court of Justice told Israel to tear down or re-route the 400-mile wall being built on the Palestinian territory border to thwart suicide attacks.

A thought for the day: David McCord said, "Life is the garment we continually alter, but which never seems to fit."

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