Today is Saturday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2006 with 323 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Neptune, Jupiter, Pluto and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Mercury.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include Englishman William Talbot, a developer of photography, in 1800; inventor Thomas Edison in 1847; author Sidney Sheldon in 1917 (age 89); King Farouk, Egypt's last monarch, in 1920; actors Kim Stanley in 1925, Leslie Nielsen in 1926 (age 80), Tina Louise in 1934 (age 72) and Burt Reynolds in 1936 (age 70); Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes in 1941 (age 65); Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 1953 (age 53); singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow in 1962 (age 44); actress Jennifer Aniston in 1969 (age 37); and singer/actress Brandy (Norwood) in 1979 (age 27).
On this date in history:
In 1858, French peasant girl Bernadette Sourbirous said the Virgin Mary appeared to her at Lourdes.
In 1960, Jack Parr walked off "The Tonight Show" after NBC censored his slightly off-color "water closet" joke the night before. He returned to the late-night show March 7.
In 1965, U.S. and South Vietnamese planes made the first bombing raids on North Vietnam.
In 1970, Japan put a satellite in space, following in the footsteps of the Soviet Union, the United States and France.
In 1987, Corazon Aquino was sworn in for a six-year presidential term under the new Philippine Constitution.
In 1990, Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, was released from prison after 27 years behind bars.
In 1992, one police officer was killed and four persons injured in a terrorist attack on the U.S. ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru.
Also in 1992, a study said drinking three cups of coffee a day does not raise the risk of heart disease.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Florida prosecutor Janet Reno to the post of U.S. attorney general.
Also in 1993, a 20-year-old Ethiopian student hijacked a Lufthansa airliner en route from Frankfurt, Germany, to Cairo. He forced the pilot to fly to New York City, where he surrendered peacefully.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton announced that U.S.-Japanese trade talks had failed to reach an agreement.
Also in 1994, the trial of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, began and ended abruptly with her acquittal of charges she misused state funds and employees for political purposes.
In 1998, Olympic officials took away the gold medal of Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati after he tested positive for a minute amount of marijuana. He blamed second-hand smoke. An arbitration panel restored his medal two days later.
Also in 1998, a federal judge ruled that pro golfer Casey Martin, who suffered from a circulatory disorder that made it difficult for him to walk, was covered by the American with Disabilities Act and should be allowed to use a golf cart to complete in PGA tournaments.
In 2002, the Russian figure skating pair won the gold medal in the Winter Olympics over the overwhelming crowd favorite Canadian team but a judging controversy that grew into an international scandal prompted the International Skating Union to award a gold medal to the Canadians also.
In 2003, in an audiotape played on Arab TV, a man claiming to be Osama bin Laden called for suicide attacks against the U.S. and its supporters.
In 2004, the U.S. State Department warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Haiti and urged those already there and who could leave safely to do so.
Also in 2004, two suicide bombings in and near Baghdad killed 100 Iraqis.
In 2005, the White House rejected North Korea's demand for bilateral talks over its nuclear weapons program.
Also in 2005, playwright Arthur Miller, a fiery moralist whose plays include "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible," died at the age of 89.
A thought for the day: "If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming." Goethe said that.