Today is Sunday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2010 with 243 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Mercury and Neptune. The evening stars are Venus and Mars.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include Catherine the Great, empress of Russia, in 1729; Gen. Henry Robert, author of "Robert's Rules of Order," in 1837; pioneer Zionist Theodor Herzl in 1860; gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in 1885; baseball Hall of Fame member Eddie Collins in 1887; Broadway composer Lorenz Hart in 1895; child-care specialist Dr. Benjamin Spock in 1903; vaudeville performer Pinky Lee in 1907; singer/actor Theodore Bikel in 1924 (age 86); singer Engelbert Humperdinck, born Arnold Dorsey, in 1936 (age 74); activist/singer Bianca Jagger in 1945 (age 65); pop singer Leslie Gore in 1946 (age 64); country singer Larry Gatlin in 1948 (age 62); actor Christine Baranski in 1952 (age 58); fashion designer Donatella Versace in 1955 (age 55); former professional wrestler and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in 1972 (age 38); and soccer star David Beckham in 1975 (age 35).
On this date in history:
In 1519, Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist, scientist and inventor, died at age 67.
In 1611, a new translation of the Bible in England, popularly called the King James Bible after King James I, was published.
In 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own soldiers. He died eight days later.
In 1885, Good Housekeeping magazine published first issue.
In 1941, the Federal Communications Commission approved the regular scheduling of commercial television broadcasts.
In 1933, the modern legend of the Loch Ness monster surfaced when a sighting made the local news. There had been accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland's Loch Ness date back 1,500 years.
In 1972, 91 people were killed in a mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho.
Also in 1972, J. Edgar Hoover died after nearly five decades as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 1993, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic signed an internationally mediated peace plan to end the Bosnian conflict.
In 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the South African elections in late April. He was inaugurated as the country's first black president eight days later.
Also in 1994, a Wayne County, Mich., jury acquitted "Dr. Death" Jack Kevorkian of violating a state law forbidding assisted suicides.
In 1995, the Clinton administration announced that Cuban boat people seeking asylum would be henceforth returned to Cuba.
In 1999, a meeting between the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic led to the release of three U.S. soldiers captured a month earlier by Serbian troops.
In 2002, Israeli forces pulled out of the West Bank city of Ramallah allowing Yasser Arafat to leave his compound.
In 2003, India announced it was restoring diplomatic relations and transportation connections with Pakistan, which reciprocated a few days later.
In 2004, Nigerian Christian militants attacked the Muslim town of Yelwa with firearms and machetes. The Nigerian Red Cross put the death toll at 630.
In 2005, U.S. Army Pvt. Lynndie England pleaded guilty to seven counts related to alleged mistreatment of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
In 2007, Afghan officials reported that 42 Afghan civilians had been killed in a U.S. military operation. President Hamid Karzai criticized U.S. and NATO forces for not being more careful in avoiding civilian casualties.
Also in 2007, Rupert Murdoch, chief executive officer of the News Corp., announced a $5 billion offer to take over Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal.
In 2008, Tropical Cyclone Nargis, with winds up to 120 mph, slammed into densely populated southern Myanmar killing more than 84,000 people with close to 54,000 missing.
In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned dieters to stop using Hydroxycut immediately due to serious health problems associated with the weight-loss drug.
A thought for the day: Anatole France said, "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."