The Almanac

By United Press International  |  March 4, 2007 at 4:00 AM
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Today is Sunday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2007 with 302 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include composer Antonio Vivaldi in 1678; Polish-born American patriot Casimir Pulaski in 1747; Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne in 1888; actor John Garfield in 1913; anthropologist Jane Goodall (age 73) and actress/singer Barbara McNair, both in 1934; English auto racing champion Jimmy Clark in 1936; actress Paula Prentiss in 1939 (age 68); actress Kay Lenz and musician/producer Emilio Estefan, both in 1953 (age 54); and actors Catherine O'Hara in 1954 (age 53) and Steven Weber in 1961 (age 46).

On this date in history:

In 1681, to satisfy a debt, England's King Charles II granted a royal charter, deed and governorship of Pennsylvania to William Penn.

In 1789, the U.S. Congress met for the first time, in New York City.

In 1801, Thomas Jefferson became the first president to be inaugurated in Washington.

In 1917, Jeanette Rankin, a Montana Republican, was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives and became the first woman to serve in Congress.

In 1958, the U.S. atomic submarine Nautilus reached the North Pole by passing beneath the Arctic ice cap.

In 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan acknowledged his administration swapped arms to Iran for U.S. hostages and said, "It was a mistake."

In 1991, the first allied prisoners of war were released as Iraq began complying with the terms of the official U.N. cease-fire.

In 1992, a Virginia fertility specialist was convicted of fraud and perjury for using his own sperm in the artificial insemination of his patients.

And in 1993, a Virginia boy who sawed off his hand while earning $4 an hour sued his parents for $2 million for letting him use a circular saw.

In 1994, four men were found guilty in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

In 1996, a bombing at a shopping mall in Tel Aviv, Israel, killed 14 people.

In 1997, for the third time in as many years, the U.S. Senate rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to require the U.S. government to balance its budget.

In 1999, a U.S. Marine pilot whose plane had snapped a ski-lift cable high in Italy, killing 20 people, was acquitted of charges of involuntary homicide and manslaughter.

In 2002, after more than 40 people died violently in a week, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he aimed to kill as many Palestinians as possible to force them to negotiate.

In 2003, Philippine authorities blamed two bombings on the island of Mindanao on Islamic separatists. Twenty-two people, including a U.S. missionary, were killed and 150 injured in one blast and one died and three were hurt in the other.

In 2004, as U.S. Marines mobilized and patrolled the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince, rebel forces proclaiming themselves Haiti's reinvented military after the president fled said they would lay down their weapons.

In 2005, homemaking guru Martha Stewart returned home after serving five months in a federal prison for lying about a stock sale and began five months of home confinement.

Also in 2005, the Justice Department asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to restore its $280 billion racketeering suit against the tobacco companies.

In 2006, the Pentagon opened a new criminal investigation into the reported 2004 friendly fire death of football star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan.

Also in 2006, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll showed Americans, by greater than a 3-1 ratio, were against the proposed handover of the management of six U.S. ports to Arab control. U.S. President George Bush favored the plan currently under review but Congress largely opposed it.

A thought for the day: Thomas Jefferson said, "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."

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