The Almanac

By United Press International   |   Sept. 19, 2006 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2006 with 103 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include Irvin Westheimer, who founded the American "Big Brothers" movement, in 1879; Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski in 1905; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell in 1907; author William Golding ("Lord of the Flies") in 1911; actors Adam West (TV's Batman) in 1928 (age 78) and David McCallum in 1933 (age 73); singer/songwriter Paul Williams and singer Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, both in 1940 (age 66); actors Randolph Mantooth in 1945 (age 61) and Jeremy Irons in 1948 (age 58); model and actress Twiggy, whose real name is Leslie Hornsby, in 1949 (age 57); Joan Lunden in 1950 (age 56); actor/director Kevin Hooks in 1958 (age 48); and country singer Trisha Yearwood in 1964 (age 42).

On this date in history:

In 1777, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War.

In 1881, U.S. President James Garfield died in Elberon, N.J., of gunshot wounds inflicted by a disgruntled office-seeker. Vice President Chester Arthur was sworn in as his successor.

In 1893, with the signing of the Electoral Bill by Gov. Lord Glasgow, New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant national voting rights to women.

In 1955, after a decade of rule, Argentine President Juan Domingo Peron was deposed in a military coup.

In 1985, an earthquake collapsed hundreds of buildings and killed 7,000 people in Mexico City.

In 1988, U.S. swimmer Greg Louganis took the gold medal in 3-meter springboard diving at the Seoul Olympics after hitting his head on the board during preliminary competition.

In 1991, the U.N. Security Council authorized Iraq to sell $1.6 billion in oil to buy food and essential supplies.

In 1994, the first 3,000 U.S. troops entered Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on a mission to ensure democracy had returned to the Caribbean nation.

In 1995, The Washington Post published the 35,000-word manifesto written by the notorious Unabomber, who had said he wouldn't try to kill again if it was published. The Post and The New York Times shared the costs of publication.

In 2001, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Defense Department ordered deployment of combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The following day, the U.S. Army said ground troops were being sent to the region.

In 2003, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution telling Israel to drop plans to deport Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat.

In 2004, Iran refused a plea by the International Atomic Energy Agency to end its enrichment of uranium, usually a first step toward producing fuel for nuclear reactors or bombs. Iran says it has only peaceful purposes in mind.

In 2005, Florida officials ordered tourists to leave the Keys as Tropical Storm Rita, soon to be a hurricane, gathered strength and appeared headed for a Florida strike.

In New Orleans, residents beginning to return after Hurricane Katrina and the flood were told by Mayor Ray Nagin to stay away as Hurricane Rita headed toward the Texas-Louisiana coast.

Also in 2005, North Korea agreed in principle to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in exchange for oil and energy in a deal signed in Beijing. However, the deal fell through.

A thought for the day: U.S. Army Gen. Omar Bradley said, "The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."

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