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By United Press International  |  July 11, 2011 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Monday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2011 with 173 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Scottish King Robert the Bruce in 1274; John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, in 1767; author E.B. White in 1899; actors Yul Brynner in 1920 and Tab Hunter in 1931 (age 80); critic Harold Bloom in 1930; fashion designer Giorgio Armani in 1934 (age 77); soul singer Bonnie Pointer in 1950 (age 61); former heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks, in 1953 (age 58); actor Sela Ward in 1956 (age 55); musicians Richie Sambora and Suzanne Vega, both in 1959 (age 52); TV host John Henson and TV naturalist Jeff Corwin, both in 1967 (age 44); and rapper Lil' Kim in 1975 (age 36).

On this date in history:

In 1804, U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr killed long-time political foe Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury secretary, in a duel at Weehawken, N.J.

In 1847, songwriter Stephen Foster's first major hit, "Oh! Susanna," was performed for the first time, in a Pittsburgh saloon, and soon became a standard for minstrel shows.

In 1859, Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" was published.

In 1952, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate, with Richard Nixon as his running mate. They were elected that November.

In 1955, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado was dedicated with 300 cadets in its first class.

In 1960, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" was published.

In 1979, The United States' Skylab space station fell to Earth, scattering tons of debris across the Australian desert.

In 1993, the collapse of a river levee left Des Moines, Iowa, without potable tap water. The water wasn't declared safe to drink until month's end.

In 1994, Haiti kicked human rights monitors out of the country.

In 1995, the United States resumed diplomatic relations with Vietnam.

In 1996, the international court at The Hague handed down indictments for Bosnian war crimes, including an indictment for Radovan Karadzic, the political leader of Serbs within Bosnia.

In 2004, the United Nations said Asia was on the brink of an AIDS catastrophe with more than 8 million people living with HIV or AIDS.

In 2006, more than 200 people were killed and another 700 injured in coordinated rush-hour terrorist attacks on the transit system in Mumbai.

In 2007, Iraqi authorities accused guards of stealing $282 million from the Dar es Salaam bank in Baghdad.

In 2008, federal regulators seized IndyBank, one of the largest U.S. banks to fail in the current economic crisis. IndyBank faced huge losses from defaulted mortgages and its takeover was expected to cost the U.S. government as much as $8 billion.

Also in 2008, authorities said the corruption investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was expanded to include the possibility that Olmert pocketed fraudulently acquired money for his private use.

And, Tony Snow, former White House press secretary under U.S. President George W. Bush and Fox News Channel host, died of cancer at age 53.

In 2010, the death toll reached at least 74 from three bombings in Kampala, Uganda, two at locations where crowds were watching the World Cup soccer finals on television. More than 70 others were hurt. Somali militants claimed responsibility.

A thought for the day: Martin Farquhar Tupper wrote, "A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever."

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