The almanac

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Today is Friday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2013 with 81 follow.

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


Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include clergyman Mason Locke Weems, who invented the story of George Washington and the cherry tree, in 1759; Englishman George Williams, founder of the YMCA, in 1821; food industry pioneer Henry John Heinz in 1844; former first lady and author Eleanor Roosevelt in 1884; choreographer Jerome Robbins in 1918; writer Elmore Leonard in 1925; football Hall of Fame Coach LaVell Edwards in 1930 (age 83); country singer Dottie West in 1932; actor/singer Ron Leibman in 1937 (age 76); singer Daryl Hall in 1946 (age 67); sports columnist Thomas Boswell in 1947 (age 66); football Hall of Fame member Steve Young in 1961 (age 52); actors David Morse in 1953 (age 60), Joan Cusack in 1962 (age 51) and Luke Perry in 1966 (age 47); and golfer Michelle Wie in 1989 (age 24).


On this date in history:

In 1811, the first steam-powered ferry in the world started its run between New York City and Hoboken, N.J.

In 1868, Thomas Alva Edison filed papers for his first invention: an electrical vote recorder to rapidly tabulate floor votes in the U.S. Congress. Members of Congress rejected it.

In 1950, the Federal Communications Commission gave CBS the first license to broadcast color television.

In 1962, Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

In 1975, "Saturday Night Live" premiered with George Carlin as host and musicians Janis Ian and Billy Preston on the bill.

In 1984, Kathryn Sullivan, flying into orbit abroad the space shuttle Challenger, became the first American woman to walk in space.

In 1994, the Pentagon reported that Iraqi troops were withdrawing from the Iraq-Kuwait border. Their deployment had brought the U.S. Navy and Marines to the Persian Gulf less than a week earlier.

In 2002, Congress gave U.S. President George W. Bush its backing for using military force against Iraq.

In 2004, actor Christopher Reeve, who played Superman in the movies and strenuously pushed spinal cord research after he was paralyzed in an accident, died at the age of 52.


In 2006, Cory Lidle, a 34-year-old right-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees, was killed when the light plane he was flying crashed into a 50-story residential building in New York.

In 2008, the U.S. State Department removed North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. In return, North Korea agreed to give international inspectors access to its nuclear facilities and to continue disabling its plutonium processing project.

In 2012, the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System informed convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky his $59,000 annual state pension had been revoked. Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, is serving a minimum of 30 years in prison.

A thought for the day: In her diary, Anne Frank wrote, "No one has ever become poor by giving."

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