The Almanac

By United Press International
Subscribe | UPI Odd Newsletter

Today is Sunday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2006 with 273 to follow.

Daylight saving time begins in the United States.


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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include Charlemagne, founder of the Holy Roman Empire, in 742; Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova in 1725; Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen in 1805; French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty, in 1834; French novelist Emile Zola in 1840; surrealist artist Max Ernst in 1891; actors Buddy Ebsen in 1908; Alec Guinness in 1914 and Jack Webb in 1920; Australian auto racer Jack Brabham in 1926; singer/songwriters Marvin Gaye in 1939 and Leon Russell in 1941 (age 65); actress Linda Hunt in 1945 (age 61); literary and cultural critic Camille Paglia and country singer Emmylou Harris, both in 1947 (age 59); actress Pamela Reed in 1953 (age 53); comedian Dana Carvey in 1955 (age 51); and actor Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") in 1961 (age 45).


On this date in history:

In 1513, Ponce De Leon of Spain landed at what's now St. Augustine, Fla., to search for the Fountain of Youth.

In 1792, the U.S. Congress passed legislation authorizing the U.S. Mint to coin money, all to be inscribed with the Latin words "E Pluribus Unum," a motto meaning "Out of Many, One."

In 1863, rioting erupted in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., sparked by an angry crowd's demand for bread at a bakery.

In 1877, the first White House Easter Egg Roll was held.

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.

Also in 1917, Jeannette Rankin, a representative from Montana, took her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

In 1932, Charles Lindbergh left $50,000 in bills in a New York City cemetery in hope of regaining his kidnapped son. The infant was later found dead. Bruno Hauptmann subsequently was found guilty of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh child and was executed.

In 1982, Argentine troops stormed the Falkland Islands, overwhelming the small British Royal Marine unit stationed there.

In 1987, the U.S. Senate overrode a veto form President Ronald Reagan by one vote to enact a highway bill that authorized states to raise the speed limit to 65 mph from 55 mph in certain areas.


In 1991, Iraq crushed month-long insurgencies by northern Kurds and southern Shiite Muslims.

Also in 1991, a 30-year-old woman claimed she had been raped three days earlier by William Kennedy Smith at the Kennedy family estate in Palm Beach, Fla. Smith would later be acquitted by a jury.

In 1992, a New York jury convicted mob boss John Gotti in five murders, racketeering and other charges.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton attended a daylong forest conference in Portland, Ore.

Also in 1993, thousands of British commuters turned to their cars or stayed home as the staff of British Rail staged a 24-hour national strike.

In 1995, an explosion in the city of Gaza killed eight people, including a leader of the military wing of Hamas.

In 2000, Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi suffered a stroke that left him comatose. He later died.

In 2001, the Senate passed a campaign reform bill that would ban the large unregulated political contributions known as "soft money."

In 2003, the White House confirmed that one of the 28 prisoners captured last week in Pakistan was Osama bin Laden's key lieutenant, Abu Zubaydah.


In 2004, the U.S. Labor Department announced that 308,000 jobs had been added in March, the biggest one-month increase in four years. Unemployment was up slightly, to 5.7 percent.

Also in 2004, a New York judge cited intense media pressure against a juror as he declared a mistrial in the high profile 6-month proceeding against Tyco executives Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz.

In 2005, Pope John Paul II, head of the Roman Catholic Church for more than a quarter century, died at his Vatican apartment. The 84-year-old pontiff suffered in his final days from a urinary tract infection and a bacterial infection that led to organ failure.

A thought for the day: President John Kennedy said, "The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth."

Latest Headlines