The Almanac

By United Press International  |  Aug. 23, 2006 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2006 with 130 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include poet and novelist Edgar Lee Masters in 1869; Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, hero of Bataan, in World War II, in 1883; humorist Will Cuppy in 1884; cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller (creator of "Nancy") in 1905; dancer/actor Gene Kelly in 1912; actresses Vera Miles in 1930 (age 76) and Barbara Eden in 1934 (age 72); political comedian Mark Russell in 1932 (age 74); rock drummer Keith Moon of "The Who" in 1946; actress Shelley Long and singer/actor Rick Springfield both in 1949 (age 57); and pro basketball star Kobe Bryant in 1978 (age 28).

On this date in history:

In 1926, silent screen idol Rudolph Valentino died, sending his fans into hysterical mourning.

In 1927, despite worldwide demonstrations in support of their innocence, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for murder.

In 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact. Less than two years later, Germany launched a blitzkrieg attack on Russia.

In 1982, Beirut Christian leader Beshir Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was assassinated less than one month later and was succeeded by his brother, Amin.

In 1991, Russian Republic President Boris Yeltsin pressured Soviet President Gorbachev into replacing his Cabinet in the wake of a failed coup.

In 1996, tobacco regulation, recommended by the FDA, was approved by U.S. President Bill Clinton.

In 1999, Berlin once again became the capital of Germany.

In 2003, a former priest who had been in the forefront of the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church was strangled, apparently by a fellow inmate, at a Massachusetts prison.

In 2004, nine Republican U.S. senators have called for a security and intelligence reorganization that would effectively shut down the CIA.

In 2005, Venezuela's vice president reacted angrily to comments by U.S. tele-evangelist Pat Robertson who suggested President Hugo Chavez be assassinated.

A thought for the day: Ogden Nash said, "Don't try to rewrite what the moving finger has writ, and don't ever look over your shoulder."

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