The almanac

By United Press International  |  Feb. 12, 2013 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2013 with 322 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include French architect Etienne-Louis Boullee in 1728; philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1791; Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, and biologist Charles Darwin, both in 1809; labor leader John L. Lewis in 1880; Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova in 1881; U.S. Army Gen. Omar Bradley in 1893; actors Lorne Greene in 1915 and Forrest Tucker in 1919; Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli in 1923 (age 90); baseball player and sports commentator Joe Garagiola and Charles Van Doren, subject of U.S. TV quiz scandals, both in 1926 (age 87); former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., in 1930; basketball Hall of Fame member Bill Russell in 1934 (age 79); actor Joe Don Baker in 1936 (age 77); author Judy Blume in 1938 (age 75); musician Ray Manzarek, keyboard player for The Doors, in 1939 (age 74); former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 1942 (age 71); actors Maud Adams in 1945 (age 68) and Joanna Kerns in 1953 (age 60), Arsenio Hall in 1956 (age 57) and Josh Brolin in 1968 (age 45); singer Chynna Phillips in 1968 (age 45); actor Christina Ricci in 1980 (age 33); and football star Robert Griffin III in 1990 (age 23).

On this date in history:

In 1541, Santiago, Chile, was founded.

In 1733, the American colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe.

In 1855, Michigan State University was established at East Lansing, Mich.

In 1877, Alexander Graham Bell's new invention, the telephone, was publicly demonstrated with a hookup between Boston and Salem, Mass.

In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.

In 1953, the Soviet Union broke off relations with Israel after terrorists bombed the Soviet legation in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In 1973, with first release of U.S. prisoners of war in North Vietnam, 116 POWs were flown from Hanoi to the Philippines.

In 1980, the International Olympic Committee rejected a U.S. proposal to postpone or cancel the 1980 Summer Games or move the site from Moscow as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

In 1993, about 5,000 demonstrators marched on Atlanta's State Capitol to protest the Confederate symbol on the Georgia state flag.

In 1999, the U.S. Senate acquitted U.S. President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges.

In 2000, Charles Schulz, creator of the popular comic strip "Peanuts" and the world of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, died of colon cancer at age 77.

In 2001, a NASA spacecraft landed on the asteroid Eros.

In 2002, the war crimes trial of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic began at The Hague in the Netherlands.

In 2004, South Korean scientists announced they had created the world's first mature cloned human embryos.

Also in 2004, despite a state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Thousands of couples applied.

In 2007, a series of bombings, targeting crowded markets, killed at least 90 people in Baghdad as Shiite Muslims marked the first anniversary of a bombing of a major shrine in Samara.

In 2008, General Motors, which offered buyouts to its 74,000 unionized employees, reported a loss of $38.7 billion for 2007, largest loss ever for an automaker.

Also in 2008, Hezbollah commander Imad Mugniyah, believed to have orchestrated several deadly attacks, including the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, was killed by a car bomb in Syria.

In 2009, a special court judge ruled that vaccinations don't cause autism in children.

In 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation raising the statutory public debt ceiling from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion.

Also in 2010, Amy Bishop Anderson, a professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, was accused of killing three faculty members and wounding three others in what was reported to be rage over being denied tenure at the school.

And, the Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with more than 20,000 athletes from 80-plus countries competing. In an opening day tragedy, a 21-year-old Georgian luger was killed when he lost control of his sled on the final bend and crashed during a test run.

In 2011, one day after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office by massive demonstrations, about 4,000 protesters rallied in Yemen's capital of Sanaa, demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh resign.

Also in 2011, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, first U.S. state to extend full collective bargaining to public employees, pushed through a new law to limit those benefits.

In 2012, Israeli officials announced the end of a nationwide general strike that paralyzed the public sector for four days, affecting airports, railways, hospitals, banks and government, aimed at improving worker conditions.

Also in 2012, thousands of demonstrators clashed with police in Athens the day before the Greek Parliament passed new, reportedly harsh austerity measures.

A thought for the day: M.G. Siriam said, "Looking at the proliferation of personal Web pages on the 'Net, it looks like very soon everyone on Earth will have 15 megabytes of fame."

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