Today is Monday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2011 with 243 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning star is Saturn. The night stars are Jupiter, Uranus, Mercury, Neptune, 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; comic Pinky Lee in 1907; singer/actor Theodore Bikel in 1924 (age 87); singer Engelbert Humperdinck, born Arnold Dorsey, in 1936 (age 75); activist/singer Bianca Jagger in 1945 (age 66); pop singer Leslie Gore in 1946 (age 65); country singer Larry Gatlin in 1948 (age 63); actor Christine Baranski in 1952 (age 59); fashion designer Donatella Versace in 1955 (age 56); former professional wrestler and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in 1972 (age 39); and soccer star David Beckham in 1975 (age 36).
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 its 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 reported sighting made the news. There had been accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland's Loch Ness dating 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 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.
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 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.
In 2010, Greece was saved from defaulting on its debts by the International Monetary Fund and the 16 European countries of the eurozone which agreed on a $146 billion loan package for the struggling country.
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."