Today is Monday, July 24, the 205th day of 2006 with 160 to follow.
The moon is new. The morning stars are Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Neptune. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Pluto.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include South American revolutionary and statesman Simon Bolivar in 1783; French novelist Alexandre Dumas the Elder, author of "The Three Musketeers," in 1802; air pioneer Amelia Earhart in 1898; feminist and former U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug, D-N.Y., in 1920; comedian Ruth Buzzi in 1936 (age 70); actors Chris Sarandon in 1942 (age 64), Robert Hays in 1947 (age 59) and Lynda Carter ("Wonder Woman") in 1951 (age 55); pro basketball star Karl Malone in 1963 (age 43); actress/singer Jennifer Lopez in 1970 (age 36); and actress Anna Paquin in 1982 (age 24).
On this date in history:
In 1679, New Hampshire became a royal colony of the British crown.
In 1847, After 17 months and many miles of travel, Brigham Young led 148 Mormon pioneers into Utah's Valley of the Great Salt Lake.
In 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed together for the last time.
In 1969, Apollo 11 returned to Earth after the historic moon-landing mission.
In 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that U.S. President Richard Nixon should surrender White House tapes for the criminal trials of his former associates.
In 1987, the U.S.-escorted and re-flagged Kuwaiti oil tanker Bridgeton was damaged by an Iranian mine in the first such incident in the Persian Gulf.
In 1989, the Exxon Corp. estimated that its cleanup of the Alaskan oil spill would cost $1.28 billion.
In 1997, the Scottish scientists who produced Dolly the cloned sheep announced they had cloned a sheep with human genes.
In 1998, a gunman opened fire at the Capitol in Washington, killing two police officers and wounding a tourist. Police shot the gunman, who survived and was later charged with murder.
In 2002, the U.S. House of Representatives expelled Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, by a vote of 420-1. Traficant, who had been convicted of racketeering, bribery and corruption, was the second House member expelled since the Civil War.
In 2003, House and Senate intelligence committees said the FBI and CIA had disregarded warnings before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that al-Qaida planned to strike directly at the United States.
In 2005, a powerful car bomb blast targeting a Baghdad police station killed at least 40 people and injured another 30.
A thought for the day: Arthur Schopenhauer wrote, "There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness, revelry, high life."